Can you figure out what's wrong with this picture of a half-naked 16 year-old girl with breast implants the size of her head?

Jannelle Asselin could, but when she wrote an article about the Teen Titans cover—in terms so measured and respectful that one is struck by her restraint--she was of course inundated nonetheless with relentless boyrage and misogyny from comic book guys; professionals included.

The Daily Beast's Tauriq Moosa summarizes the imbroglio.

After criticizing the new ‘Teen Titans’ cover, Janelle Asselin was name-called and threatened with rape. The worst part? No one is surprised. You’ve seen this scenario before, and you’ll see it again (until more of us do something). Woman writes about something traditionally regarded as a male-orientated industry or area of interest; if she’s conveying love, she’s doing it “for attention” (so what?) or “fake” (whatever that means); if she criticizes, she’s insulting, whining, moaning, on her period; if she says anything at all, her argument or point is made invisible because her damn biology is getting in the way.

There's something peculiar about this cover that really gets to the heart of it all. The discrepancy between what it thinks it is (a strong character for young girls to aspire to) and what it really is (objectified skin for old men to wank to) is just so obvious that it simply couldn't exist without the whole business's lifetime subscription to denial.

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  1. This has been going on forever in comics, though.

    I was kind of astonished recently after going on a Comixology binge (and having two twin daughters as of 2 years ago) that even recent, modern comics are pretty much still all tits and ass on the female characters to an absurd degree.

    http://thebrokebackpose.tumblr.com/
    http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/

    etcetera..

    I guess I didn't notice it as a teenager (heh) in the 80's but as a grown-ass man it is kind of embarrassing to me now that we still sexualize women so aggressively in comics.

  2. What powers does this version of Wonder Girl have? If she can defy gravity, perhaps her breasts can too.

  3. Hey! There's no need t to gratuitously display pictures of 75% naked women here.

  4. The main problem is that this is not the natural chest of a large-breasted woman. Those are implants. On a teenaged superheroine. Natural breasts don't have that round shape (sorry, boys). If you don't believe me, check out this excellent tutorial from artist Meghan Hetrick.

    I'll leave it for the experts to hash out.

  5. Yeah, but it's still about fulfilling a male fantasy. I think this Shortpacked comic nailed it nicely:

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