Dr. Cai Wilkinson (at the University of Birmingham), YetAnotherGirl, and (surprise surprise) Dmitriy T.M. sent in this humorous flowchart satirizing the design of video game characters. I thought it was worth a tangentially-sociological laugh:

(Source: I Love Charts)

In addition to the gender lesson in the flowchart, there are some interesting lesson about who “our” enemies are: demons, monsters, and Russians.

Using a similar strategy, Laura McD. sent in a series of images from graphic novels, re-drawn by comic artist Megan Rose Gedris, designed to raise awareness about (the absurdity of) the sexual objectification of women in comics.  Here they are next to the originals:

These remind me of the as-far-as-I-know-non-ironic instructions on how to draw male and female comic book characters that have been sent in by many readers over the years (we’ve lost track of you’all, but send a note and we’ll credit you).  You can see the entire set of instructions here, but I’ve pasted in a sampling below:

Lisa Wade, PhD is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture, and a textbook about gender. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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