My comic for class. Not quite how I wanted it, but it will do. All of the comments used are either things I have heard or seen. The woman is based off myself, the man a combination of male cosplayers I know. Yes people calling someone too skinny is an insult, and yes I did watch a security guard tell a bigger man to put a shirt on at a con while more fit men walked around shirtless.
For my paper I wrote about the sexualization of men in comics as well as women. I wanted to define the differences between sexualization and sexism, and make the point that men are portrayed in a completely nonsensical way as well as women. During my research I found a lot of articles that stated that men are not sexualized at all and this is utter crap.
At the end of the day a comic is an outrageous story made of fictional characters, creating a fantasy for the readers. Creating a ‘perfect’ character for people to enjoy. Both men and women have the highest of standards, and when a character is average or ugly, it is almost always spoken in a negative term. I know not ever comic is this way, B.P.R.D. sexualizes no one, but the mainstream comics that most people know are very guilty of this. On a 2D illustration a low cut shirt shows just as much as a skin tight spandex suit on a guy, just in a different color. Yes I do believe the actions and portrayals of women by writers shows sexism, but the art? It’s a comic, everyone is sexy.
That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it. Thanks for reading. u_u