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Kate Beaton presents the Adventures of Sexy Batman

Okay, nerd internet, job well done — you can go ahead and retire now.

(Dare I point out that showing Batman strutting his stuff even in the midst of crimefighting turns him into gag-strip fodder — thus revealing how totally idiotic it is for female superheroes to constantly be shown doing the exact same thing? Or will that bring out the anti-Beaton He-Man Woman Haters Club again?)

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F’N hilarious. The carwash one made me bust-up laughing.

The guys that hate on this are the same guys that pay $100 or more for hentai statues with removable clothing and will argue until they’re blue in the face that Emma Frost’s costume WOULD WORK IN REAL LIFE.

C’mon now…

thus revealing how totally idiotic it is for female superheroes to constantly be shown doing the exact same thing?

Given that in real life women are more likely to strut their stuff sexually than men, I don’t really get your point here. If I as a man were to go to a straight nightclub in wintertime with over 1/2 my flesh showing it would look utterly ridiculous. However if a woman does the same thing at the exact same nightclub it wouldn’t be as ridiculous. Pointing out a man looks stupid doing something does not automatically prove a woman looks stupid doing the same thing.

The strip was funny, but you ruined it by adding that poorly thought-out pseudo-feminist commentary to it rather than just letting it stand on its own.

Okay, I read the rest of the strips, and sadly, what you say actually IS the commentary she meant. That’s a poorly thought out point to make. I agree women are oversexualized in comics and the fanservice is overdone, but her strips are using faulty logic to make that point.

For example showing college women in a comic burping, farting, drinking beer, downloading porn, swearing up a storm and shooting guns would look pretty ridiculous or at least create some congnitive dissonance for sure, but that wouldn’t somehow prove that showing college guys acting the same is equally as unrealistic.

Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin

January 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm

@T.

“If I as a man were to go to a straight nightclub in wintertime with over 1/2 my flesh showing it would look utterly ridiculous. However if a woman does the same thing at the exact same nightclub it wouldn’t be as ridiculous. Pointing out a man looks stupid doing something does not automatically prove a woman looks stupid doing the same thing.”

Actually, no. It’s still ridiculous.

As for the rest of your comments, you’ve completely lost me. Gender roles are something we should all think about and re-evaluate.

I just think the comics are funny!

For example showing college women in a comic burping, farting, drinking beer, downloading porn, swearing up a storm and shooting guns would look pretty ridiculous

Hahahahaha…yeah. College women don’t drink beer. That’s soooooooo unlady like. And everybody knows that girls don’t fart or burp or swear… or indulge sexual fantasies. Jesus, did you even go to college?

Hey, a gurl objectifying a male superhero! This proves that it’s okay when…ah, never mind.

Keep speaking the truth to power, T!

There’s nothing pseudo about my feminist commentary, T.

You know, I think if you read those strips and come away with the idea that the main point is about how female superheros are portrayed in mainstream superhero comics, you’re pretty much comic illiterate.

The strip is hilarious and awesome, regardless of what people want to read into it.

I never said and don’t think it was the main point, Ric. It’s my point.

Was referring/responding to T. (on its own, not surrounded by Sean and Collins). I could have been clearer.

“There’s nothing pseudo about my feminist commentary, T.”

:D Perfect answer to a perfectly idiotic comment. Cheers, Sean.

I like the comment about “keep speaking truth to power, [person who identifies themselves only with the letter] T!”

I agree that gender roles should constantly be reevaluated, especially in comics. What I can’t agree with, however, is that hypersexualization of women is bad, and undersexualization of men is good, and we should therefore undersexualize women. To say that is to say that sex, or sexiness, is wrong or shameful.

I guess I mean the focus should be on equality and not letting gender roles define a person, rather than the dangers of sexuality.

Well, the sexualization of men is exactly the same as it is with women. The men wear tight clothes revealing their curves and muscles. A lot of them don’t wear shirts. They’re showing their stuff regularly.

I still love the strip. His cheeks are aptly pert.

Good point, mr. pants. Anyway, it’s really, truly wrong to judge a woman’s virtue, or sexualization, by how she dresses. That sounds an awful lot like the “She was asking for it” argument.

Can we all at least agree that Batman is hella sexy?

Ric, who could disagree?!? Now I can say that Bruce Wayne’s a total Bat-Ass!

“Well, the sexualization of men is exactly the same as it is with women”

Does anybody really believe that? Seriously?

” To say that is to say that sex, or sexiness, is wrong or shameful.

I guess I mean the focus should be on equality and not letting gender roles define a person, rather than the dangers of sexuality.”

That’s strong truth right there! Common sense approach too! I don’t have anything to add to this comment other than keep up the good work, Tom.

@Basque

Are you thinking about sexualization or sexism?

Sean T. Collins

January 25, 2011 at 7:50 pm

This is starting to remind me of the bit from Spinal Tap where they ask what’s wrong with being sexy.

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