A comic book news blogger at The Outhouse was upset and offended by the cover to Superior Spider-Man #2, which shows Spider-Man forcibly kissing Mary Jane.
Source: The Beat
Jude Terror, a reporter for the D-List comic book website The Outhouse, was outraged yesterday when he read a post on B-List comic book blog The Beat that revealed the cover to Superior Spider-Man #2. The cover shows Spider-Man clutching and kissing Mary Jane Watson, who is recoiling and appears quite alarmed by the unwanted advance. Terror called the cover "a blatant depiction of sexual assault" and declared that female comic book fans have had enough of the institutionalized misogyny that permeates the comic book industry.
"I mean, really, would that kind of forced sexual contact be acceptable at your office?" asked Terror, speaking on behalf of feminists and white knights everywhere. "If a woman is not interested in your sexual advancement, you don't grab her and shove your tongue down her throat. It's grossly inappropriate."
In Superior Spider-Man, it is rumored that someone other than Peter Parker will be in the Spider-Man costume, though this is not confirmed. Writer Dan Slott implied that the series will take Spider-Man to a darker place and show an edgier side to the character, something that has never been done before, except for all of the times that is has.
Terror responded, saying that a serious matter like sexual assault should not be used as a trivial device for characterization. "More than ten percent of sexual assaults are perpetrated by a person the victim is familiar with, or someone wearing the superhero costume of a person the victim is familiar with," said Terror, disgusted.
Immediately following Terror's statements, the chick-blogosphere exploded with an outpouring of support through social media outlets like Pinterest and Tumblr. One popular Tumblr blog, Marvel Women Punching Butts, wrote a scathing article in solidarity with Terror's chivalrous comments, calling for Dan Slott to be castrated, which seems like a hollow threat considering Slott, who looks like the love child of Jon Lovitz and Honey Boo Boo's mom, but with less hair, is unlikely to ever have the opportunity to use those parts anyway, except with Rockman's mom.
As for why Terror is choosing this issue to take a stand? "I really feel for all the female comic book readers out there, and there are dozens of them, who have had to put up with this kind of sexist imagery in comics and culture in general for far too long," he told us somberly. "I just want them to know that I am an enlightened man who is not like other guys. I'm here for you."
Well said, Jude Terror. You deserve a lot of credit for protecting those women.
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