sexuality

Why Superhero Muscles Aren't The Equal Of Sexy Curves
Why Superhero Muscles Aren't The Equal Of Sexy Curves
As a man who reads superhero comics, I confess that I share a commonly-held prurient interest in big-chested, long-legged heroes in skin-baring costumes that barely cover their naughty bits -- or as I like to call him, Namor. Sadly, Namor is pretty much alone in his category. Contrary to the perception that male heroes in comics are frequently sexually objectified, it's my experience that even Namor is only rarely presented as someone to lust over. Yet I'm fortunate that my tastes run towards the Hemsworth end of the scale. Like many straight men, I admire the kind of buff dudes that are the staple of superhero comics, even though they are rarely sexualized. If I shared the tastes of most of the women I know, I think I'd find superhero comics an even more frustratingly sexless wasteland.
Northstar’s Nuptials: The Only Same-Sex Marriage I’m Opposed To [Opinion]
Northstar’s Nuptials: The Only Same-Sex Marriage I’m Opposed To [Opinion]
Northstar is getting married to his boyfriend Kyle. Rumors have been circulating for a while, but yesterday Whoopi Goldberg and the ladies of The View confirmed it. Said Goldberg; "In Astonishing X-Men #50, openly gay X-Man Northstar will propose to his boyfriend Kyle, with a gay wedding to follow in an upcoming issue...
GLAAD Announces Nominees for Outstanding Comic Book 2011
GLAAD Announces Nominees for Outstanding Comic Book 2011
Batwoman and Kevin Keller are among the nominees for Outstanding Comic Book at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. GLAAD, The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, is an LGBT media monitoring organization, and its annual awards honor "outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community that inspire change." T...
The Myth of Sexy Superman and the Search for Superhero Beefcake
The Myth of Sexy Superman and the Search for Superhero Beefcake
2011 was a good year for superhero beefcake. Not in comics, of course, but at the movies. And not in terms of quantity, but in terms of quality. What I'm saying is that Chris Hemsworth took his shirt off in Thor, and it was great. All right, Chris Evans took his shirt off as well for his Charles-Atlas-ification in Captain America, and I understand Ryan Reynolds was briefly featured in his scanties before having his body replaced with a cantaloupe-skinned wire-frame in Green Lantern. That was it, though. The bar for superhero beefcake is set pretty low. And the bar is set low because the source material -- actual superhero comics -- has never been fertile ground for the shameless sexual objectification of men.
Grant Morrison’s Wonder Woman To Bind Fetish And Feminism In 2012
Grant Morrison’s Wonder Woman To Bind Fetish And Feminism In 2012
In a lengthy and in-depth conversation with attendees of this year's Edinburgh Book Festival in Scotland, comics writer Grant Morrison indicated his long in-the-works Wonder Woman project may finally appear in 2012, that it will be influenced by the character's fetishistic roots in the original comics by William Moulton Marston, and that it is the most difficult project the prolific and popular wr