My Favorite, Funny, Feminist Superhero Fan Art continues to be one of the most popular articles on the site. Since you all seem to like it so much, I’ve decided to turn it into a ongoing series.
First up is Batman from Fernacular’s series If Male Superhero Costumes were Designed Like Female Superhero Costumes. Fernacular says that she was “tired of guys having no idea why girls find female superhero’s costumes kinda sexist” so she decided to enlighten them. Her goal was to make the viewer think of sex (“whether you want to or not”), make men uncomfortable, and highlight the ridiculousness of it all.
Speaking of an uncomfortably sexualized Batman that makes men uncomfortable…
In this page from Shortpacked! by David Willis, Amber explains the difference between objectification and a power fantasy. It’s also the comic that introduced the Internet to the wonderful phrase “Google ‘false equivalence.'”
Finally, Cyclops Gender Bender by Josh Gowdy is an obvious play on Frank Quitely’s classic (and rather ridiculous) cover to New X-Men #116. Cyclops’ luscious, pouty lips are almost as good as Emma’s borrowed costume. It just goes to show that sometimes it’s the little elements an artist adds that can push an image over the top.
Comment and tell me which is your favorite!
And if you know of any good feminist superhero fan art (or superhero fan art that promotes diversity in general) send a link to JourneyintoAwesome at gmail dot com and I might include it in the next installment.