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If you’re havin’ robogirl problems I feel bad for you, son!

Uh oh! Trouble in Robogirl paradise! Apparently some of the sexy robot ladies are just as bad as real ladies in the not-shutting-up-and-obeying-the-men department.

Anyway, I found this online. I have no idea what comic it’s from. Do any of you comic book experts know?

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Improbable Joe
Improbable Joe
9 years ago

Metal Men… even though one of them is a woman.

Xanthe
Xanthe
9 years ago

I think not Joe – the sigil is the symbol of Mercury (horns atop of the Venerian looking-glass).

zhinxy
9 years ago

It’s the Metal Men, who often appeared in DC’s Brave and the Bold, but I’m not familiar with the story.

Seraph
Seraph
9 years ago

No, Joe is right. They’re the Metal Men, DC characters who’ve been around since the Sixties. Judging from the art (and the blatant misogyny, as opposed to today’s more passive-aggressive sort), I’d say this is one of their earlier adventures.

Seraph
Seraph
9 years ago

What I find interesting about this panel is the professor’s implication that unquestioning obedience is a Manly Virtue.

Viscaria
Viscaria
9 years ago

Wait, even the robot lovelies will be uppity bitches, with opinions and stuff? Nobody tell poor DKM, he’ll be heartbroken.

Xanthe
Xanthe
9 years ago

/me missed the point… sorry Joe!

Seraph
Seraph
9 years ago

Wait, even the robot lovelies will be uppity bitches, with opinions and stuff? Nobody tell poor DKM, he’ll be heartbroken.

I can think of two options for dealing with that:

1) No actual artificial intelligence. Just will-less, soulless automatons with certain preprogrammed responses. This is what you get if you want a combination roomba/sex toy.

2) Build it like Warren’s robo-girlfriend on “Buffy”, where she suffers feedback if she doesn’t agree with you and answer when you call. This is the option you take if you want to subjugate a thinking, feeling being.

DKM? Preference?

zhinxy
9 years ago

Seraph, well, remember, Meller does envision robot lovelies, but also hints that submissive fleshy females can be bred.

http://manboobz.com/2011/08/16/david-k-meller-on-women-getting-cancer-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha%e2%80%a6lol/comment-page-5/#comment-52498

Oh well, in another couple of generations, once cybernetic females, and perhaps even wives, become a reality, or perhaps an improved and more submissive and compliant line of human females can be bred to order…

But that opens up an entirely new kettle of fish, doesn’t it?

Shaenon
9 years ago

Writing Metal Men has long been one of my dream projects. I love old quasi-educational comic books (did you know that mercury is the only metal that’s liquid at room temperature?).

The robot woman is Platinum, the only female Metal Man, who is usually stereotypically feminine and constantly crushing on her creator, Doc Magnus. On one hand, she’s a pretty sexist character; on the other hand, she’s interesting as the only member of the group who shows a strong interest in developing her personality and becoming more human, even if it’s only to get into Doc Magnus’ pants.

Viscaria
Viscaria
9 years ago

…even if it’s only to get into Doc Magnus’ pants.

These sorts of romances in fiction (like human/mermaid or man, different animal species, etc) always confuse me. I mean, is it like a Data “I am… fully functional” kind of thing?

Viscaria
Viscaria
9 years ago

Mermaid or merman, I mean.

Herp Derp
Herp Derp
9 years ago

So wait… this strip is about the girl wanting to join a… metal band? Is it a pun? Is it an intentional pun or just a hilariously awesome accident? Or have they actually formed a band and she wants to BE THE LEAD SINGER OR SOMETHIN?

zhinxy
9 years ago

Viscaria. Guess you don’t want to come to one of my Alien Contact Mixers, huh? 😉

Spearhafoc
9 years ago

@Viscaria

I mean, is it like a Data “I am… fully functional” kind of thing?

The Metal Men are all shapeshifters, so presumably she could form genitalia. Not sure how appealing a platinum vagina is, but there are options.

@Shaenon

the only female Metal Man

They added a second female member – Copper – in 2007. I don’t remember much about her, despite reading the miniseries she appeared in, but Wikipedia says her chief trait was sarcasm. The Metal Men haven’t shown up post-reboot, so I have no idea if she’ll make any future appearances.

Spearhafoc
9 years ago

Funny though, I never really thought of the Metal Men as particularly obscure. Huh.

Matthew Cline
Matthew Cline
9 years ago

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Bagelsan
Bagelsan
9 years ago

If Copper was into music she could be a conductor!

…Ba dum TISH.

zhinxy
9 years ago

. Not sure how appealing a platinum vagina is, but there are options.

NOBODY is gonna come to my Alien Contact Mixer, are they *pouts*

Bagelsan
Bagelsan
9 years ago

Depending on how unpolished the various robo-genitals are, and whether or not my OCD kicks in, I’ll show up to your mixer ready to spitshine and make some robot very happy. 😀

Podkayne
9 years ago

@Shaenon

Holy crap, you’re the Narbonic Shaenon? It took a post about comics for me to get a clue.

bekabot
bekabot
9 years ago

Are you sure the robot out in front is the only female robot there?

The robot in red* looks awfully like Ann Coulter. Just noticing.

*the one decorated with the “mercury” symbol

Spearhafoc
9 years ago

*the one decorated with the “mercury” symbol

That would be Mercury, shockingly enough, and, yeah, he’s a dude-bot.

cynickal
cynickal
9 years ago

NOBODY is gonna come to my Alien Contact Mixer, are they *pouts*

Uhm… I’ve seen enough anime to know how this is going to end…!

ozymandias42
9 years ago

I’ll be coming at your Alien Contact Mixer… if you know what I mean…

zhinxy
9 years ago

Excellent, ozy and bagelsan! Now I must contact the aliens, which might take a while, but will be totally worth this!

Viscaria
Viscaria
9 years ago

Well it’s not that I wouldn’t… necessarily… fool around with aliens. And stuff. It’s just that I’m not really sure… how it would work?

Somewhere along the line this got weird.

zhinxy
9 years ago

Viscaria, if you’ve got reservations, just come to the munch. Totally casual, just remember not to unmask the aliens or out the kinksters. 😉

Molly Ren
9 years ago

@Ami: DAT ASS.

zhinxy
9 years ago

Ami: So strangely… compelling…

OPTIMUS IS FROM CYBERTRON! He counts!

Ami Angelwings
9 years ago

yay! 😀

Viscaria
Viscaria
9 years ago

Probably my favourite comment thread in a good long while.

AbsintheDexterous
9 years ago

Platinum Vagina will totally be the name for my band, if I ever get around to forming one.

And I might attend an alien mixer, as long as there isn’t any Pak’ma’ra’ porn.

Holly Pervocracy
9 years ago

If Copper was into music she could be a conductor!

Ugh. I’m resistant to this kind of humor. I don’t think I have the capacitor to appreciate it. Can’t you transform your joke into something a little more grounded?

Seraph
Seraph
9 years ago

These sorts of romances in fiction (like human/mermaid or man, different animal species, etc) always confuse me. I mean, is it like a Data “I am… fully functional” kind of thing?

With merpeople it varies. Some old-school merpeople had two fish tails in place of their legs, with fully human genitalia between them. Some merpeople have mammalian lower halves (dolphins or seals – think Madonna’s “Cherish” video), so they’re compatible, even if positioning would be a little tricky. Other versions have the legs joining together lower down.

As for other species…well, that varies, too. I remember reading a porn comic that showed a lamia (beautiful woman up top, snake below) directing her lover to “under the split scale”. Maybe people figure “standard” mermaids are like that?

Seraph
Seraph
9 years ago

The Metal Men are all shapeshifters, so presumably she could form genitalia. Not sure how appealing a platinum vagina is, but there are options.

…which raises a bigger question: if she can form a platinum vagina, she could just as easily form a platinum penis, so what exactly is it that makes her a woman-who-must-be-left-behind?

Naira
Naira
9 years ago

…which raises a bigger question: if she can form a platinum vagina, she could just as easily form a platinum penis, so what exactly is it that makes her a woman-who-must-be-left-behind?

I wonder, which is scarier for MRAs: a woman or an androgynous person?

Xanthe
Xanthe
9 years ago

There’s no reason an MRA should be transphobic to androgynous people, except that the sort of irrational feelings towards women make it much more likely for them to have similar views towards anyone appearing feminine.

Meller seems to be a classic case of inter-related crazy ideas: repressive views on women, insane brand of libertarianism, believer in any conspiracy theory under the sun. (In the skeptic world, this state of being under the thrall of multiple irrational ideas, rather than just a single delusion, is called “crank magnetism”.)

Naira
Naira
9 years ago

@Xanthe:

I agree. There’s no reason whatsoever to be afraid of an androgynous person, simply for the sake of them being androgynous. But, as you point out: I think that the fears and irrational hatred towards women makes it more likely to happen.

Given the potential for a “woman” (fictional metal robot) to grow a “penis” (fictional platinum genitals due to shape-shifting powers), I’m idly contemplating which is scarier and more likely to get an irrational reaction/outburst/abuse.

RodeoBob
RodeoBob
9 years ago

Over at the blog “What Were They Thinking?!”, they had a field day with classic Metal Men. The blog’s on a break until the new year, but the Metal Men entries are so bizarre it’s worth going back through the archives.

Hershele Ostropoler
9 years ago

Xanthe:

There’s no reason an MRA should be transphobic to androgynous people, except that the sort of irrational feelings towards women make it much more likely for them to have similar views towards anyone appearing feminine.

For all we say they’re not pro-male, they’re anti-female, that’s not quite accurate, since their irrational hatred extends to anyone who isn’t male.

Bee
Bee
9 years ago

Some merpeople have mammalian lower halves (dolphins or seals – think Madonna’s “Cherish” video), so they’re compatible, even if positioning would be a little tricky.

Kinda reminds me of this guy. Which is to say, >ew.

David K. Meller
David K. Meller
9 years ago

New innovative technology always has problems that have to be debugged. I should surprise nobody that newly manufactured (or grown) robocuties occasionally will have to be reprogrammed to be more sensitive to their owner’s wishes and have a higher rate of positive conditioning reinforcement where compliance and obeidience is concerned.

There will always be a few that can escape the lab (or the manufacturing plant) giving the appearance of functionality and utility, but having hidden compliance and positive response defects! That’s what debugging (time consuming, expensive, and inconvenient) does.

Live and learn. And then buy the cybercutie or wifebot of your choice, tailor made to YOUR personality and masculinity!

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
9 years ago

Because mentally/emotionally you are 4 years old, and unable to accept the concept of other people being actual people with thoughts and feelings of their own.

Delusions and ranting!!!

David K Meller

shaenon
9 years ago

Behold our glorious future:

Rachel
9 years ago

Meller – do you just post some variant of the same comment on multiple threads as a rule, or does your robo-debugging comment just happen to be relevant on multiple threads today? Just curious.

KathleenB
KathleenB
9 years ago

I’m just going to paraphrase Henry Higgins here: “By rights, he should be taken out an hung/For the cold-blooded murder of the English tongue.” That’s some serious grammatical carnage being wreaked, there.

KathleenB
KathleenB
9 years ago

Someone will take that out of context and claim I’m calling for MRAs to be hung, I just know they will…