Sexualized? What is Sjan Weijers talking about?

So, I was reading concept illustrator Sjan Weijers’ tumblr, as I do from time to time. She has some fun stuff there that’s pretty to look at, but today I was met by something else, a rant about the recently released poster for the new Terminator movie, Genisys.

Most of the rant is subjective and I can’t talk much about it, as it is her views. I might not agree, but I do agree that she can think it is like that. However, towards the end, she writes that the new poster shows a “sexualised version” and that Emilia Clarke “was probably told to just stand there and look pretty”.

I care about this character and to see it reduced to a hot chick makes me cringe. It’s very off-putting to watch this icon being sexualized. It’s like the poster is telling me to see her as a sexy girl, but I don’t want to see her that way! I want to relate to her; to her personality.


I don’t see it!

I genuinely don’t see any sexualisation going on in that picture. What I see is a bad-ass trained soldier, who has just taken down a murderous robot and is walking across a battlefield, ready to defend herself if another should pop up. This is shown by her marching stride, her eyes on the horizon and the fact she’s actually holding the rifle like you’d hold a real rifle. Is it because the shirt has a slightly lower cut? That can’t be it, can it? It’s not that low cut and in today’s society, that’s hardly considered “sexualised”. The shot is also from below, which makes the low cut somewhat hidden.

I would’ve understood it if Clarke was doing some pinup pose or her clothes were torn “in the right places”, or it was shot from slightly above, to show off that low cut. But she’s in a regulation marching stride, the clothes are whole and it’s shot from below, giving a dignifying picture of a young woman. Any “sexualisation” going on seems to be in Weijers’ head.

Also, as a final note, I’d like to point out a “few” women that Weijers missed in her introduction, some women that everybody who haven’t lived under a stone in the past 40 years know:

  • Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein, Aliens)
  • Cherry Darling (Rose McGowan, Planet Terror)
  • Baby (Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing)
  • Annie Porter (Sandra Bullock, Speed and Speed 2)
  • Kate “Ma” Barker (Shelley Winters, Bloody Mama)
  • Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates, Misery)
  • Sylvia (Anika Ekberg, La Dolce Vita)
  • Mary Poppins (Eliza Doolittle, Mary Poppins)
  • Adrian Balboa (Talia Shire, the Rocky movies)
  • Nikita (Anne Parillaud , La Femme Nikita)
  • Amelie, (Audrey Tautou, Amelie)
  • Ofelia (Ivan Baquero, Pan’s Labyrinth)
  • Mindy “Hit Girl” MacReady (Chloe Moretz, Kick Ass)
  • Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss, The Matrix)
  • Mia Walalce (Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction)
  • Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster, Silence Of The Lambs)
  • Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis, the Halloween movies)
  • Carrie White (Sissy Space and later Chloe Moretz, Carrie)
  • Selina Kyle (Ertha Kitt and later Michelle Pfieffer, the Batman movies)
  • Matilda (Natalie Hershag (now Portman), Leon)
  • Jackie Brown (Pam Grier, Jackie Brown)
  • Hermione Granger (Emma Watson, the Harry Potter movies)
  • Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher, the Star Wars movies)

That’s just mentioning a few of them. So don’t come and say there’s “only three famous women in movies”.

As a finishing statement, I’ll let this picture say more about the “sexualising clothes” than any words could

90's skimpy vs today's teen fashion

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