Written by Jude Terror
on Wednesday, July 02 2014 and posted in News with Benefits
We're not sure what this says about them, about us for noticing, and about the state of sexism in the comic book industry.
Source: Bleeding Cool
San Diego Comic Con is just around the corner, which means that all articles that can somehow contain the words San Diego Comic Con, San Diego, Comic Con, or SDCC will get a boost in hits, which is why Bleeding Cool will look for any way to squeeze San Diego Comic Con into as many headlines as possible. Case in point, this report, showcasing DC's latest series of house ads running in their books. In his zeal to reap unique Comic Con related hits, however, Uncle Rich overlooked a startling fact about these ads - the fact that 75% of them appear to be phallic themed.
First, up, we've got a Teen Titans ad, referring to "weapons" and "tools."
Next up is an ad for the new Suicide Squad series, talking about "big swords."
The girth is more impressive than the length. And in case you think we're reaching here, here's one for the new Grayson series:
There's one more ad, for Robin Rises, but we can't find the penis reference in this one. Maybe you can. Let us know.
Why is DC so obsessed with penises in these ads? Does this represent a larger problem of sexism in the comic book industry? The answer may shock you.
As it turns out, the percentage of women credited in DC comic books in January of this year was just over 12%. So the 75% penis-related house ads actually represent a decrease in penises in DC comic books this summer. Well done, DC! That's what we call progress!
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About the Author - Jude Terror
Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably. Ironically, our webmaster, whose website skills know no end, has very little understanding of social networks or how they work. Regardless, you can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, but would probably have the most luck just emailing him.
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