Thanks to the universally edifying Amanda (who has it from Zuzu), I have just found out that, crazy as it sounds, there are people in the world of comic book fandom who actually believe that human objectification in comics is equally distributed between the sexes. Oh how I laughed.
Just a Twisty reminder that in a patriarchy, a male body may be idealized, but it is impossible to objectify it, at least not to the appalling extent that a female body may be objectified. We are all socialized to view the sexes in patriarchal terms, and comic book superhero art merely magnifies these terms. Even a close-up of Superman’s supernutbag, composed by Karen at Oddity Collector as an instructive joke, suggests only superness; he is an anthropomorphized god, not a receptacle, and that thing is a weapon, not a vulnerability to be dominated. Whereas, on accounta women are the sex class in our bizarro world, Wonder Woman is primarily whackoff material, whatever else she is supposed to represent.
Comic book heroes, see, are not iconoclasts. They are a repository for every male dream of omnipotence.
Which seems an excellent opportunity to reiterate that within a paradigm of male supremacy, equality between the sexes is impossible, and that the glittering promise of some future attainment of same is a lie.
I ask you. Who would win in a knife fight, Superman or Wonder Woman?