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[4.5 Billion Years of Wonder] Sigh.



Rescued my SFWA Bulletin from the mail today. And... sigh. We're apparently celebrating the 200th issue with a muscular barbarian babe in a chainmail bikini with red poofy 80s hair.



I know we should celebrate our pulpy genre roots and take glee in them, and I try people, I really try. And the cover is always a fantasy/scifi thing, which I've always liked. But this? It doesn't even bug me so much as... sigh. Yeah, that.



Can I not even escape getting punched in the face by the unattainable "idealized" female body in my nerdy writer space? It's not like female writers are exotic specimens you only see on safaris or feminists (of any gender) in the organization have been shy about making their presence known. But it feels as if 'Bonus: we remind you of the pervasiveness of the male gaze!' should be in yellow right under Bud Sparhawk's name in the lineup.



Sigh.



Double bonus - the Resnick and Malzberg dialog at the back is to sing the praises of lady editors and publishers. With, "She was competent, unpretentious, and beauty pageant gorgeous... as photographs make quite clear. Tell succeeding generations all about her [Dorothy McIlwraith], please." at the start.



Just... sigh.




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seraphim_grace
Jan. 16th, 2013 03:19 am (UTC)
I have been reading fantasy since the eighties, and the funny thing is it's what has always in our house been considered boy-fantasy that has that stupid stereotype in it, not the covers, but Conan and Gor and Elric and all that really badly written boring stuff
but when you read most fantasy it's women in sensible dresses being kickass

in the uk we get better covers - BY SOME MARGIN - and it never failed to amuse me when i was book shopping in the states that people bought the books with those covers,
because we didn't get the girls in fur bikini armour, we got landscapes or salvador dali prints or michael whelan art, and you lot got .....

but to give you an example

the two covers for polgara the sorceress
the UK one by Geoff Davis (who did all the david eddings covers)
http://covers.openlibrary.org/b/id/2339985-M.jpg
the us one
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/bf/Polgara.jpg/170px-Polgara.jpg

Edit
it's Geoff Taylor not Geoff Davis

Edited at 2013-01-16 03:20 am (UTC)
dogmatix_san
Jan. 17th, 2013 12:52 am (UTC)
*facepalm* It feels like one step forward, 3/4ths of a step back. =/ Still, slowly we move forward. (Even if some of us have to drag the rest)
sealwhiskers
Jan. 17th, 2013 01:23 am (UTC)
Yeah...
It sort of never stops.
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