Before I start, I honestly don’t care if Lola Bunny is less sexy in Space Jam I have no skin in the game. This is just another shameless cash-in on a movie franchise that should have been left alone. What I do take issue with is how women in entertainment especially those that have a breast size bigger than a C cup and use their sexuality are being treated as less capable and strong than women who aren’t sexy or big-breasted or as sexy. But I am flabbergasted by the idea that the way you communicate that a female character can only be taken seriously is by removing her boobs and making her less sexy. And yes I am aware that she is a rabbit and a fictional character. I am just tired of these people declaring that this new, revamped character is feminist because she’s gone down a few cup sizes.
But apparently, women aren’t allowed to have boobs anymore because it’s objectifying them. If you are having issues with characters that have large breasts then you are just reducing them down to their cup size which is just objectifying them. They are doing exactly what they are so vehemently against. The director also said that he can’t take women seriously if they have big breasts and that he sexualizes people with large chests. And the fact that a crop top is automatically more sexual and therefore less respectable comes off as very objectifying to me. So many characters come out looking sexy and these ‘artists’ ‘fix’ them by removing their boobs? Like why are these people anti-breast? Not to mention the new dysphoria, women feel like shit in the past for having no breasts now it’s because it’s too big?
But looking at the above image you cannot tell me desexualizing Lola Bunny by giving her more standard athletic sports gear and looks makes the Lola on the right appears stronger or more capable than the Lola on the left. Sexy does not equal less capable. I am not getting a sense of “strength” from the re-design on the right If anything she just looks normal, unremarkable even? Not saying it’s “bad” but there’s nothing that stands out about it. They made her “strong” by removing any evidence of developed calf and thigh muscles and replacing them with what basically looks like noodle-sticks. They are basically telling attractive women that they can’t be strong because they’re attractive. Strong, sexy characters are important because it teaches them they are more than just eye candy.
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