I was looking at the official poster for the adventure film "Divergent" (2014) and the pose of the female heroine, played by Shailene Woodley, reminded me of the way Summer Glau's Cameron was shown in some of the promo photos for Terminator: The Sarah Conor Chronicles
. You'll notice Lena Headey's character is much less sexualized than Cameron (which is also reflected in the clothing).
Check it out for yourself.
Fans of action/superhero movies have noticed a trend in promotional materials: female characters are often shown in uncomfortable positions seemingly designed only to highlight their (spandex-covered) bottoms and breast at the same time.
I guess the studios find that these kind of shots attract the demographic they are targeting, namely young men, who also happen to be avid comic books readers.
Find a few examples of the Strong Female Character Pose below.
And don't get us wrong, male super-heros in tights are also sexualized with their impossibly muscled chest, biceps and abs. All these photos do is over-exaggerate the characteristics of each gender for marketing purposes.
Cartoonist Kevin Bolk drew a parody of an early movie poster for "The Avengers" in which he reversed the poses of male and female characters. Here's what he had to say about the way male and female superheroes are objectified:
I often hear the counterargument that 'Oh, well, men are objectified just as much as women because they are muscular and wear tights.' But that idea ignores that A) these characters aren't contorting to constantly show off their elaborately rendered sexy parts (as the ‘Avengers booty’ piece demonstrates) and B) they are meant to appeal to a male power fantasy, not necessarily to arouse women.
Check out Bolk's bootylicious 'Avengers' movie poster below alongside the original:
Do you think Summer Glau could play in the future a character that will get the Strong Female Character Pose treatment as it was the case for Cameron in Terminator: The Sarah Conor Chronicles?
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