Tuesday, November 22, 2016

DC Comic's Cyborg and Masculinity

Comic books are a bastion of the idealized male in popular culture- heroic, muscular, adventurous, violent, adored and dominant. Comics allow us to explore and change concepts of masculinity as we progress as a society and constitute some of the best modern mythology.

This article, about the comic book character Cyborg, deals  with the fact that his lower body was blown off and with that, his genitals. The article explores how his masculinity is affected by his amorphous genitalia (it even has racial overtones as one critic suggest that the black character was castrated to be non-threatening to white audiences). In a society where idols are made in inches, it is interesting to see those boundaries pushed and explored, at least in fiction.

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