oh my god it’s ALMOST like the book industry is run by dudes and they pick what they think ladies want
That’s because they were made to appeal to male book distributors, not female readers. http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Heaving-Bosoms-Bitches-Romance/dp/B003E7ETEY
Sounds like a fun book!
And to be fair, there is a distinct difference between “shirtless and posing for your pleasure with sultry bedroom eyes laaaaaadies” ultra-ripped-muscular-dudes and “hell yeah look at me I’m a steaming pile of testosterone, watch me throw this bus into orbit I am so cool” ultra-ripped-muscular-dudes. It’s clear whose fantasy is being depicted and the OP of this compare photo is purposefully missing the point to make an inaccurate argument.
Though to be doubly fair, the romantic lead of a dime-store romance novel is probably the closest comparison you’re going to find to the over-sexualized comic book superheroine — they’re both being objectified for the pleasure of their (heterosexual) opposite numbers. Hell, look at how many of those romance novels obscure the face to focus squarely on those delicious abs.
OP still misses the point of the comic, mind. I just wanted to point that out.
Hi I made the original image. I think you’re missing the point of the comic. The comic clearly defined a male character who isn’t a “male power fantasy” as one who is “lean, with large and intense eyes, rosy cheeks, and kissable lips”. All the men on the romance novel covers clearly do not fit this description. They do, however, fit the description of an “impossibly-muscled hulk”. Under the laws established in the comic, these romance novels for women are about male power fantasies.
To address your argument about the characters being different kinds of hulks: this is true, but both still represent ‘male power fantasies’. Direct your attention to the book covers and see who stars in them: cowboys, warriors, dukes, archangels… all are men in powerful and dominant roles. They are all ‘male power fantasies’ being presented in a different context than video games; specifically, they’re ravishing the main character instead of killing bad guys. (In fact, they’re probably doing both in the books.)
What feminism calls a “male power fantasy” is a thing because it’s what many women are attracted to (hence these books) and what many men strive to be to fulfill this ideal (hence the games). If you’re a woman who doesn’t find the “impossibly muscled hulk” trope appealing then you simply have different tastes in men than other women. There’s nothing wrong with that, and there’s nothing wrong with the people who like the ‘male power fantasy’ either.