SO... aside from the skillfulness of your technique, whats notable here ? Is something supposed to be wrong ? Is so...i dont see it !
You drew batman as a characterized gay dude. Congrats! But what i believe you failed to reveal here, is the deeper issue. Its not individual idealized depictions; give a masculine mind a pen....and he will create what he will.
No, we shouldn't delete individual povs. Instead we need diversity. Black/asian/women/LGBT...there needs to be more diversity in the art. (covers and all) If you were serious when you depicted this, id say there was absolutely nothing wrong with this pic.
What this does, is make fun of people that like this sort of thing. Pink, knee high boots, ultra-feminine qualities; for men or women (which isnt wrong in and of itself)
Instead of drawing battle lines, we really need to just get together and work out ways to express our own voices...not mute others.
And what is this supposed to be exactly ? A characterized version of batman, if sexualized for the enjoyment of a stereotypical homosexual man ? I dont think i have ever met a straight woman who has ever wanted anything like this...EVER. At-least, not seriously! If you are trying to say that comics are cattered to men, by showing sexy women; then The parallel comparison thing doesn't work here.
Look, i get it...oversexulatiaztion equals wrong in the eyes of religious zealots, and moral orals. But when did we become beholden to this ? When are we going to learn that repression equals whats going on in the middle east/asia right now; and women getting rapped regardless of what they were, do or how they are represented artificially. If some bloke wants to draw a sexy cat woman or sexy cat guy, "realistically posed/proportioned or otherwise, i say let him. As long as a woman has the freedom to make those pretty-men anime drawings is see on this site so much as well.
But forcing anyone to draw anothers way...i just dont get that. In fact, its quiet frightening to think what this may lead to. Whats next, family guy has to stop making fun of how ugly meg is; or south-park stop picking on certain groups for your satisfaction? Remember the FCC in the 80s guys ?
BTW: i dont watch those shows cause i personally find them offensive...problem solved.
Women in comic books get the same treatment that men do on the cover of romance novels. It's all marketing based on the demographic of their main audience. Neither one is acceptable, but as the saying goes, "sex sells". Getting sex out of marketing is one of the most difficult things to do, period. Just because it is an uphill battle, doesn't mean the battle shouldn't be fought though. Although this piece deeply disturbs me on many levels visually, I am glad for the cultural reflection it brings.
Banished... dream... rider... has just proven my case... Anyhow, back to the image at hand. It's fantastically rendered. I love the concept and the technical skill you employed to complete it. I admire your talent, Mr. Byrne!
Aaaand I sincerely don't mind fictional males being "sexually exploited", neither do I mind consenting males putting themselves voluntarily up for sexualized things like Porn and things of that nature, yeah. I enjoy pinups and porn of both sexes Men can be pretty hot too.
I keep biting my lip wanting to join in on the scattered arguments that have broken out because of this picture. And because I personally have low self control, will post my own opinion. I enjoy this picture. I think it's both humorous and silly- as it is meant to be, especially considering the poll. I interpret this as the artist just having a little fun over what was a generally polarizing topic.
However, I honestly think that it's high time for everyone to soothe their ruffled feathers. There is some validation to both arguments, but numerous exceptions can be applied to both sides. The sad, horrible truth is that no one is going to be absolutely right when expressing their opinion. This entire situation reminds me uncomfortably of religious "debates" with every side screaming that they have the one true religion and every one else is wrong and is going to burn for it.
When everything boils down, it becomes apparent that the comic industry isn't going to drastically change a formula that is working for them. The big truth is that both men and women are drawn in exaggerated manners, especially in the Marvel and DC universes. The people who argue that men are sexualised just as much as women are entitled to their opinion- huge hulking men with bulging muscles with small waists (in consideration of their mass) is just as unattainable in real life as the exaggerated female is. A lot of reviewers stated that this does not make the male sexualised, that it has something to do with a power fantasy. From a biological standpoint; I do not understand. By exaggerating the secondary sex characteristics, a person has automatically made something more sexualised.
I am a large fan of comic books. I get mad when the artists suddenly decide to change the appearance of a character that I've grown to know and love. However, that being said, most times, when I read a comic book I don't scrutinize the artwork, I look at it sure; but mostly, I'm reading it for the plot. The best about comics is something called suspension of disbelief. This is best described as the silent agreement between you and a comic book (or any movie for that matter) where you promise to ignore some laws of physics and body-belief and the comic book promises that it will deliver in terms of story. I truly feel sorry for a person who cannot get past the artwork to read the story.
I also get angry when people say that comic books are only used as fapping material and I guess so are a lot of other fans when they read/hear that. But, no matter how I feel, it always strikes me as a little ignorant. It's almost like saying that everyone (over the age of ten) who enjoys the My Little Pony tv show only watches it because they are perverts who like to fap to make believe animals. Saying that ignore the thousands of fans who are like me- a person who enjoys a good fantasy story to escape the tedium of my own life from time to time.