Sci-Fi Author Jim C. Hines has been posing as the sexy vixens from science fiction novel covers for charity.
The clearly stunningly sexy author has chosen the covers of novels that he believes objectify women in an effort to raise money to fight Aicardi Syndrome.
The idea stemmed initially when earlier in 2012 Hines created a post where he posed as heroine’s on fantasy book covers to raise awareness of the blatant sexism that is portrayed. When the post became increasingly popular, a friend suggested that people would pay to see more of Hines’ satirical work.
A friend from high school posted needing a ride to the hospital to be with her daughter just days before the little girl passed, Hines found the cause he wanted to support.
Aicardi Syndrome is found in 1 in 105,ooo girls causes symptoms such as brain malformation, visual problems, seizures, developmental delays, and other medical complications. Research puts the life expectancy for those affected with Aicardi between 8 and 16 years.
The syndrome is difficult to diagnose, incurable, and is rarely spoken about.
Armed with a cause, Hines then set out to show the objectification of women on some of the most popular sci-fi and fantasy novels. Now before people begin to get all huffy about how men are objectified on book covers as well, Hines did a shoot from the male perspective as well. He came to this conclusion:
“1. Men on book covers are indeed posed shirtless in ways that show off their musculature. However…
2. Male poses do not generally emphasize sexuality at the expense of all other considerations.
3. Male poses do emphasize the character’s power and strength in a way many (most?) female cover poses don’t.
4. When posed with a woman, the man will usually be in the dominant, more powerful posture.
5. Male poses do not generally require a visit to the chiropractor afterward.
6. See also ocelott’s post comparing male and female poses. She comes to pretty much the same conclusions as I did.
So are men objectified and sexualized on book covers? Sometimes, sure … but not in the same way, and not, I think, to the same extent. I’ll admit that going through these poses made me feel like I should spend the rest of the day doing push-ups and sit-ups. But overall, to suggest that the posing of men on covers is anywhere near as problematic as the posing of women seems, well, ignorant and wrong.”
Hines gets into character by twisting his body into the same contorted shapes as the female characters on the book covers.
“The way women are portrayed is just so ridiculous, so often, you just stop seeing it. I think posing has made people see it again – you see how ridiculous it is when a 38-year-old fantasy writer is doing it.”
Many science fiction covers exhibit women’s bodies with revealing clothing that is completely unsuitable for combat. Fans often argue that the sexualization of female characters sends the message that women are nothing more than sex objects. Woman are also often portrayed as slender, pale skinned, and conventionally attractive. Some readers are disappointed to encounter sexism in the very medium that is supposed to offer an escape for them.
Perhaps Hines project will make cover creators more aware of the message they’re sending to their readers. He has currently raised $15,405 dollars for charity and plans on releasing a calendar of his work.
Check out the gallery below to view some of Hines’ best poses:
Would you donate to see more of these hysterical covers?