I’m going through a massive process of renovating my display shelf (If you don’t already know, I collect action figures) which involved me having to take most my figures down and put them back up. And in doing so, I have to once again deal with what I refer to as my “problem figures.” See, while most action figures are designed to stand up in roughly any generic standing pose, I invariably have to spend about 10 minutes finding the exact configurations for every articulated joint on the figure in order to get it to stand.
Now, obviously some lines have more trouble with this than others… Mattel’s JLU line is NOTORIOUS for having issues standing, and Hasbro’s “thin male” Marvel Universe body is equally as problematic. However, there are some characters that seem to have issues even in lines that otherwise aren’t so bad. See if you can see a pattern here:
Arkham City Catwoman. TDKR Catwoman (Movie Masters and 3.5” versions). MLIS Black Widow. DCUC Wonder Woman. DCUC Troia. Arkham City Harley Quinn. Arkham City Talia al Ghul.
Noticing a pattern yet? And no, it’s not that they’re all female figures. No, inevitably, the common element with ALL these figures is that each and every one of them is sporting heels (and the worst offenders, like AC Catwoman, have heels almost bigger than their feet). And each of them, to a greater and lesser extent, is a fucking pain in the ass to stand up properly. And before someone tries to go “it’s because all women have small feet,” I do not have issues with other female figures on nearly the same level as I do with those sporting high heels. Because even if I manage to find juuuust the right way to get them standing, if they’re hit with so much as a puff of air they fall over
Anyway, the whole thing got me thinking about how, if it’s this much of a fucking pain to get action figures (which often use tricks, like having plastic between the heel and the rest of the boot, in order to better support the figure) to stand in high heels, how unnatural is it for actual human beings to wear shoes which force their bodies into unnatural positions? Especially superheroines, who are doing crazy shit like jumping off rooftops and beating up criminals. Does it REALLY make any sense for them to be sporting heels longer than their hands?
I mean, I’ve never really been fond of female superheroes and villains sporting heels, but it’s just really hitting home for me just how fucking stupid it is that you keep seeing them on women in comics, movies, and video games.