What if dude superheroes posed like lady superheroes

For a movie about dudes with big muscles who punch things, The Avengers treats its few female characters pretty well. Which isn’t a big surprise, since the movie is written and directed by Buffy creator Joss Whedon. But the film’s advertising has featured Black Widow in the standard “look at my ass!” poses we’ve sadly come to expect for our female superheroes.

Artist Kevin Bolk was tired of this sexist cliche and decided to change it up:

The Avengers promo image, with the male superheroes drawn to show off their asses

Check out Bolk’s booty-themed trilogy of images here.

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

Jos Truitt is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Development.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/radicalhw/ Shannon Drury

    Check out the cabooses on those fellas…..! Hilarious.

  • http://feministing.com/members/shasty/ emmie

    Ha! When I first saw the picture I actually burst out laughing! Yeah, that pretty much sums up how female’s are portrayed on those kind of covers. Sad.

  • http://feministing.com/members/cassius/ Brüno

    So some things work out fine when guys do them, but not so good when girls do them and the other way around, such as rhytmic gymnastic. Not exactly breaking news.

    • http://feministing.com/members/treefinger/ Candice

      Oh please, they only look more ridiculous when done by men due to your assumptions and upbringing.

      Captain America had the best butt in the movie and it would have “worked out” even finer to concentrate on his rather than Johansson’s.

      • http://feministing.com/members/cassius/ Brüno

        The people who always argue socializing and upbringing constantly overlook that human societies across time and age developped in very similiar ways when it comes to gender. Most girls idea of sexy and attractive isnt a guy posing like a female stripper. Of course girls with tastes opposed to the mainstream exist, just like guys exist who drool over female bodybuilders, but they are the minority and a medium that is looking to sell as many copies as possible aims for the majority.

        • http://feministing.com/members/meishuu/ Anna

          Blah,Blah, *insert evo psych bullshit*