A recent article about how people see sexualized images of women as objects, not people reminded me of a few discussions recently about how sexualized women are in science fiction and fantasy artwork. In January, fantasy author Jim C. Hines posed like women on the covers of some fantasy novels, his own books included. There was also a heated controversy over The Avengers posters being sexist, which culminated in some interesting parody posters. He followed that up last month with poses like men on the covers of fantasy novels, and did a compare/contrast that’s pretty interesting. It actually matches up pretty well with the results of the study: sexy men are seen as people, sexy women are seen as objects.
I don’t know what this says about humans evolutionarily or about us as a society, but it sure is interesting!