Women On Fantasy Novel Covers

Fantasy author Jim Hines makes this amusing point about how women are depicted on fantasy novel covers (including one of his own, as he’s an author) in stereotypical and downright uncomfortable poses, by striking those poses himself! The post includes a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, griping about muscle cramps, and ruminating on gendered depictions of women who are narratively strong but posed as though sexiness is their main concern (which is irrationally common).

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Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.

  • anonymoose

    I am not a Christian, but something makes me really hot about the complete Amish, Omish beauties on the cover of christian romance novels.  It is a kink I’m sure.

    But I will say that 99.999% of women on the cover of any novel are never ugly or even slightly unattractive or overweight.  Then you flip the novel cover open and see who wrote the book and you are like Yikes!!

  • http://twitter.com/foxyfolklorist Jeana Jorgensen

    Yeah, maybe there is some wish fulfillment going on for the authors… but can you blame them, given how much better attractive people are treated in our society?