The Geeks have been talking a lot this week about the intersection of sex in geek culture. The idea of which prompted my last list, but I’ve got to take a minute to pay homage to the one that kind of started it all for me personally. I’m talking about Jessica Rabbit. Who Framed Roger Rabbit came out in 1988 when I was ten. To the best of my knowledge it was the first cartoon to combine live action with animated characters. Cool World, which was actually pretty good in my opinion followed in 1992. Both movies had really sexy female animated leads but there was just something uniquely sultry about Jessica. Mind you, I’ve already established that I may have a thing for redheads so please pardon my indulgences here, but Jessica was the quintessential vixen. I know I’m not the only one who thinks so. If you bring up her name amongst Geeks of a certain age group you’ll witness a certain lecherous grin wash across the crowd, a twinkle will appear in a great many eyes and you’ll find a few in the crowd attempting to camouflage an emerging boner as they fall into a daze reflecting on their first nostalgic memory of Jessica Rabbit.
In my opinion, so please take it for what it’s worth, characters like Jessica Rabbit have sparked the hormones of adolescent boys drawing them deeper into the culture. The genre in some ways is about fantasy and escapism. What man do you know that doesn’t fantasize about beautiful women. Grown men still feel the urge to rub their Vader helmets or in the case of my non-brown geeks, their Storm Trooper helmets at the sight and/or thought of Jessica Rabbit. She’s kind of like the godmother of sexy in the genre. Betty Boop might have started the ball rolling, but Jessica Rabbit triggered the avalanche. If you look at manga and even modern comics, sexiness abounds when it comes to female characters. But I truly believe Jessica Rabbit pushed that level of sexiness further and faster into the mainstream than any other single character. And for that, the Potbelly salutes you!