The Hawkeye Initiative

5 Dec

The Hawkeye Initiative is an excellent example of everything that’s right on the internet.

Comic books fans are pretty used to the ridiculous poses that female characters are put into to show off some T&A, oftentimes disregarding basic anatomy and perspective. Nothing says female empowerment like a broken spine! Seriously, Gabs and I were in a comic books store and we started trying to copy poses they had the ladies in and they were very much impossible unless you were Elastigirl. (Hint: the character in question was not Elastigirl.)

In the past few days, the Hawkeye Initiative has exploded over on Tumblr. Their mission? To replace every improbable posed and scantily clad comic book lady with the Avenger Hawkeye. You remember, he was the dude with arrows in the Avengers movie played by the well-muscled Jeremy Renner.

It all started with this post by Blue.

hawkeye blue

hawkeye blue original

The rest of the internet (at least, the parts of it with a sense of humor) has taken this idea and run with it. There’s already 19 pages of backlog over at the Initiative, full of some really hilariously drawn Hawkeye. There’s just something about putting Clint Barton into a Strong Female Character‘s pose makes it even more ridiculous. If you’ve got some time and have ever had a passing interest in comics, I suggest you head over there and be ready to laugh.  (I’d post my favorites, but I’m having technical difficulties.  WordPress!)

Also, who’s up for sending the really egregious offenders some anatomical reference books? Do they even know how perspective and the female body works? Because you cannot show both T&A head on with a properly adjusted spine on a real human body, regardless if the lady is a blue mutant or a cat burglar or an alien.

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