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The Hawkeye Initiative is quite simply the best thing on the Internet

2012 December 10

Hawkeye, introduced to many by the Avengers film but a Marvel character since his first appearance in Tales of Suspense all the way back in 1964, has struck a bit of a chord on Tumblr – particularly in his incarnation as Jeremy Renner in Avengers Assemble. Shipped mercilessly with the Hulk in the Hulkeye fandom – and particularly adorably by Noelle ‘gingerhaze’ Stevenson – not a day goes by without Hawkeye in some incarnation crossing my dash.

Lately, though, something has been stirring in the Tumblsphere (which is definitely a word shut up SHUT UP). Comic portrayals of female characters have been questioned, dissected, and found to be both objectification-tastic, and downright anatomically impossible.

Now, if there’s anything that Tumblr loves, it’s mixing up social justice with fandom.

Thus, The Hawkeye Initiative was born. The rules are simple: find a female character in comics being portrayed as an object and/or in a position that human anatomy would simply laugh at, then redraw Hawkeye in that pose, wearing the same outfit.

It is a thing of beauty. Let me show you what I mean. Click a thumbnail to open each image without leaving this page.

If you’re a Tumblr user, The Hawkeye Initiative is a Tumblr despite its domain, and can be followed like any other. If you have a sense of humour and an understanding workplace, I think it’s unlikely that you’ll regret doing so.

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