The god of thunder is not just eye candy

April 21, 2011 by ashleemaddy
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Well, it’s happened again. When is the rest of the non-geek world going to realize that there really are fan girls who appreciate comic books, geeky TV shows and movies and are not necessarily just going to oogle the man candy on the screen?

While I am a geek girl, I do however, love painting on the latest shade of OPI nail polish and watching hair tutorials on YouTube. Plain and simple, I like looking cute. There’s no rule that says you can’t have manicured nails while searching through comic bins.

This is the reason that I skim Cosmopolitan every month for the latest in beauty news. While thumbing through the May 2011 issue in the What‘s Sexy Right Now section, I found this little diddy:

Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Anthony Hopkins as Odin in Asgard.

“Onscreen Sex Gods: In Thor, hottie Chris Hemsworth plays the god of thunder, forced to…who cares! All we know is that we want him to come to bed wearing that armor.”

Really, Cosmo? Really?

I know for a number of women going to the see this movie with their comic-loving significant other, this assumption may hold true.

I’m not opposed to having a good looking superhero. I certainly don’t want to see someone like Jack Black in spandex fighting the forces of evil, but that’s not the reason I will go see Thor.

For the record Cosmo, Thor’s father, Odin, sends him to Earth in the body of disabled medical student, Donald Blake, to teach him a lesson in humility. He is then stripped of his Mjöllnir (hammer) and his memories. Odin later reconnects with Thor and he defends the planet.
 
 This misconception of geek girls hearkens by to the notorious LA Times piece in 2009, “Girls guide to Comic Con.” That gem contained the following nuggets:
  • Women will be rushing the stage, offering to do star Jake Gyllenhaal’s laundry on those washboard abs that he acquired for the film, since he spends much of it fighting, shirtless or both.
  • Edward and Jacob appear shirtless in “New Moon” so be sure to arrive a week or two early.
  • Alice in Wonderland” alone would be a draw for many girls, but add in the fact that quirky hotness Johnny Depp, right, is set to play the Mad Hatter, and you could have a mad (crazy) crowd of women seeking a glimpse of him on stage.

I’ll be the first to admit Mr. Depp’s hotness, but he’s also an excellent actor who chooses challenging roles. It’s so frustrating that the media still assumes girls only want to see a movie or show because the leading man starts disrobing.

I’m thankful for my fellow fan girls hitting back at these stereotypes. One of my favorites is Team Unicorn’s “Geek and Gamer Girls.” It’s set to the tune of Katy Perry’s “California Girls.” The video also features cameos by Marvel legend Stan Lee and the geektastic Seth Green.

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2 Responses to “The god of thunder is not just eye candy”

  1. Marlynda ArnettNo Gravatar says:

    Well, I have to admit that even though my primary reason for seeing Watchmen in the theater is because I LOVED the graphic novel, the hotness of the male cast members was a huge bonus.

    Nite Owl Daniel Dreiberg is so hot without the glasses and even hotter without the shirt.

    Also, Jeffrey Dean Morgan played the sexiest scumbag on the screen that year as The Comedian.

    The Silhouette even brought out some *ahem* bi-curious musings. ( I kid, I kid)

    I see fangirl ogling like this: You go to a restaurant for the meal. If a cute server happens to be waiting your table, then that’s just a bonus but certainly not the reason for stopping in that night.

  2. ashleemaddyNo Gravatar says:

    Very well put Marlynda!! I completely agree. I LOVED LOVED the Watchman graphic novel too. It also didn’t hurt that there was a very chiseled Dr. Manhattan ;)

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