|from Living With HipsterGirl & GamerGirl|
The above strip from webcomic Living With HipsterGirl & GamerGirl came across my Facebook feed the other day with a number of comments along the lines of 'women judge men by their looks to.' and 'male superheroes are not good aspirational figures either.' First of all this piece is not about the writing or quality of LWHG&GG - I only know it in passing and don't feel inclined to critique. This article is about some of the arguments that this strip references and spurs.
The argument made was:
- Women dislike how female characters in comics are presented as they can not 'aspire' to possibly look like that.
- Additionally that women do not like that these characters can be the object of male fantasy or desire.
- That this is hypocritical because women like to look at attractive male characters.
- And finally that men are equally distressed because male superheroes are impossible to aspire to.