Less than a year later, Tumblr saw the emergence of its first homegrown meme: #GPOYW, or Gratuitous Picture of Yourself Wednesday. Coined by @yourdp in April of 2008, it made its way to BuzzFeed by September and eventually evolved into a daily activity (as just #GPOY). By 2009, it was added to Urban Dictionary.
After that, there were Fuck Yeah Tumblrs and #WhatShouldWeCall Tumblrs, soft grunge and Tumblr pink, Superwholock and the Hawkeye Initiative, the Skeleton War and preserved human toes, the Science Side of Tumblr and Studyblr, and even two extra hours in the ball pit. We asked each other about our shoelaces (stolen from the President, of course) and what air was. Every Tuesday was never a problem.
No matter what part of the Tumblr community you are in, this is the history we’ve created together. Take a scroll down memory lane with us. This is 10 years of Tumblr.
I think someone should do a reverse Hawkeye Initiative (drawing women in men’s poses) and this is why:
The Hawkeye Initiative is this really cool thing, but a major protest from the people still clinging to the “you are throwing a fit over nothing” argument seems to be
“Well it doesn’t look stupid because the pose is wrong, it looks stupid because men and women are different and drawing a man in a woman’s pose is obviously gonna look off.”
So let’s combat that with this:
If a man in a woman’s pose looks ridiculous solely because it is a woman’s pose, then a woman in a man’s pose will look equally ridiculous, won’t it?
And thus begins the reverse Hawkeye Initiative, in which we draw women in the poses of Superman and Captain America and Batman and yes, even Hawkeye, and we realize that they don’t look off at all. In which we prove that no, it doesn’t look stupid because of different sexes.
I did some Hawkeye Initiative shit out of boredom due to it popping up on my feed. All original art is Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 1, lineart by Kenneth Rockfort and color by Blond. First one is hawkeye in starfire’s outfit and bottom two are Jase and Roy in their own skimpy garb
So just from an art major, exaggerated poses in comics with female characters is not the problem. The problem is the fact it’s often done purely to sexualize the character. If a characters waist is sinched when she has her back arched too much because she got hit in the face that’s to make the pose more dynamic. If a character’s butt and boobs are both head on then that’s a problem. Stop saying it’s bad for actions to look dynamic. The reason it’s not done in perfect realism is so it can be nonrealistic and overly exaggerated.
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Okay, so this it. @thehawkeyeinitiative is a issue that’s always been close to my heart because since reading comic books as a child I’ve always seen images of over sexualized women inviting the ideas that a woman can’t be strong and powerful, only eye candy or that they can be virtually undefeatable, but their “power poses” are publicly accepted porn that diminishes their power and characterisation through reducing them to a pair of tits or some ass. Just like Hirez do with some of their characters. The hyper sexualized outfits that defy logic are yet another sensitive issue for me. So I decided to take some Gods from Smite and draw them with the women’s outfits on for comedic value but also with an important message. I tried to do it in the hawkeyeinitiative style and also a bit web comic-ish, excuse the terrible art, but enjoy!
Can we talk about how in “The New Teen Titans” Wonder Girl’s rocking an (almost) full bodysuit while Robin is showing off his mile-long legs and being carried damsel-style by Starfire, and Cyborg’s over there looking like a dominatrix?
Don’t judge, but I’ve been thinking back fondly a lot lately about the epic bounty of old memes and trends we had back in the day. A guide for those followers of mine who weren’t around yet, or a Throwback Friday for those of you who were, remember:
The Avengers gag reel
Seriously the equal-opportunities fanservice and fixation on butts was a thing to behold
“Caw caw motherfucker”
Okay there were a lot of Hawkeye-bird jokes (this was before we met Sam Wilson) but that was probably the biggest one
The Hawkeye Initiative
“That’s my secret, Cap. I’m always angry.”
Thor loves Pop Tarts
“This _____, I like it! ANOTHER!”
Major ships: Stony, Clintasha, Thorki (aka Thunderfrost which, lbr, is the arguably the most badass ship name ever), Frostiron, Capsicoul
Also a LOT of people shipped Coulson and Hawkeye even though I don’t even remember them having screentime together? I’ve seen that ship referred to as Phlint like…once, but not at the time.
Chris Evans and his ridiculous shoulder-to-hip ratio
Left-boob grab (this one might actually still be a thing)
“I recognize the counsel has made a decision. But given that it’s a stupid-ass decision, I’ve elected to ignore it!” (this one I KNOW is still a thing)
“I understood that reference”
Crying forever over that deleted sequence of Steve learning that All My Friends Are Dead But Oh Hey Peggy’s Still Alive But I’m Too Afraid to Call Her and then going through the city being Forever Alone
The Superfamily AU where Steve and Tony raised a smol Peter Parker
I could probably make a separate post just for that but here goes
That famous Twitter convo where Tom Hiddleston and a Loki RPer were challenging each other and popularized “I DO WHAT I WANT”
I think like half his actual lines in the movie became memes on some level actually
“I am burdened with glorious purpose” and its many MANY remixes
“Tom sits like a whore” (aka what we called manspreading before that became A Problem)
L O K I ‘ D
The Loki’d Outtakes
Loki’d 2: The Return of Steve (like actually this was a real thing that happened)
People coming together to make a fan book about Wendy for Tom’s birthday
That one picture of Tom in full Loki getup while holding Mjolnir and Cap’s shield
Loki and the Loon, the webcomic about Loki and Tom being roommates that spawned similar blogs for EVERY Avenger rooming with their actor. Almost none of them actually went anywhere, but the original Loki and the Loon was pretty great.
For real though, I’ve never seen any fandom obsession with an actor reach quite the fever pitch that we had with Tom Hiddleston, my god. Bendytoots probably came close though (this was before Ben’s Fall From Tumblr Grace. Tom is still well-regarded, but I think that part of the fandom has finally chilled out).
And lest we forget:
Tom in-character as Loki for SDCC (okay I’m pretty sure this one was later than 2012 but it was still a big fuckin deal when it happened)