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It’s becoming a forlorn trope that comic-style heroines will fight (or at least pose) butt-first. This is kinda silly, as you can see above, where the Avengers are readrawn to have the males take similar postures. It’s not really a fighting stance.
This is not to say I don’t get it. When I was buying cominc books the women were all spine-bendingly buxom, as Escher Girls documents. That said, the men were also running around in skin-tights with their jungies over their pants, floor-model Adonises. I think this somehow harks back to the Grecian ideal of fighting and sporting nude more than common-day titillation, but it does get a bit silly.
TOR.com has a great blog post documenting the increasing prevalance of the ass-first stance in movies from the new Batman (Cat Woman) to Tomb Raider. It’s titled ‘Hey, Everyone — Stop Taking This Picture! (No, I Mean It.)‘
One thing I always wondered about comic heroes was how they got anywhere. Like, for the fighting scene it may be OK to be wearing skin-tight orange and a mask, but what if you want a Milo? Do you have to go to the kade like that? What if you have to catch a cab?
For women heroes, they seem to be dressed in the most (baseline) attractive and sexual way possible, but I doubt heels and latex make it easier to move. Does attacking butt-first some how disarm enemies? I guess I’d be distracted, at least initially. Or it could be that these characters aren’t real and are purely part of the highly sexualized violence of the screen.