Here’s a curious marketing omission for you: the Marvel Avengers merchandise is all lacking the one woman on the superhero team, the Black Widow. It’s a mystery. I’m wondering if maybe Scarlett Johansson has cooties or something.
Or maybe it’s something else. Maybe it’s because it is traditional to erase the feminine. Let’s take a look at some classical statuary.
There are, of course, nude statues of Greek and Roman women, usually standing in a three point pose – a bent knee, a curved hip, a tilted shoulder to accentuate the form. One has a hand over a breast to communicate modesty; her hoohah is smooth. In fact, all the hoohahs are smooth: there are but modest dents around the pelvic bones of the statues, but no openings or slight separations of the pelvic mounds to be found anywhere. The forms are all Barbie-doll blank down there, like female bodies just sprung out the head of Zeus, fully formed, sometimes clothed and vulvaless.
Meanwhile, the male statues rock out with their cocks out; dicks are everywhere. Penises of all sizes surround me: curled and flaccid, pert and alert, balls dropped and shrunken. I wandered around, looking closely at all of the female nude statues and fragments. There are no vulvas, no protruding labia, anywhere. There’s no suggestion that vaginas existed.
I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I had never noticed before, but now that it’s mentioned, the absence is rather glaring. Most of the examples I can think of off the top of my head have a hand or a convenient fold of cloth draped in front of the crotch, as if there is something that must be hidden, but I know of a few obvious examples.
Whoa. Weird. And doesn’t porn do this, too, demanding shaved pubes and labia hidden away?
I am suddenly rather creeped out because I’m not seeing something.
(By the way, no, I’m not advocating for naked, anatomically correct Black Widow merchandise. Modesty is fine, it’s just so strange to see it selectively applied.)