And he's hot, too...

by Dan Jacobson. Posted at A Blog Found on a Garbage Heap, May2:16 AM 20/06/2006 2006, reproduced here with permission.

Recent discussions about objectification of women in comics have tended to bring up the corollary question of whether men are equally objectified in comics, and if that isn't "just as bad." I think we've all seen the remixed covers by now that feature the Green Lantern's Power Battery among other heroes' attributes. Alas, it is but a dream, a hoax, an imaginary story. Truly it takes more than spandex over muscles to bring the objectification even close to in line with the way that women are presented by default (two of the most important words to remember in discussions such as this) on the comics cover/page. But is it even possible? Certainly the remixed covers provide a good place to start, but even they don't go far enough. So I thought I'd start to whip up a list of other criteria that would need to be met prior to my being able to accept that men are just as objectified, and that said objectification is just as bad as that of women (and as a note, I'll add that the dynamics I envision in this list are hetero, for the sake of simplifying the discussion)...

Even then, the objectification wouldn't be as bad, unless we could say in real life that...Anyway, this could obviously be one hell of a list were I not so pressed for time, so hey, feel free to add more in the comments! I know my list is far from complete.



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