However, I agree with the main thrust of this article - I can’t help but think that the people who say male and female comic characters are equally sexualised just have no clue what a sexualised man actually looks like.]]>
I absolutely agree that submissive does not necessarily equal feminine. I never said otherwise. In fact, I would strike the ‘necessarily’ from your statement. Submissive does not equal feminine.]]>
Beefcake is not submissive. Even when the guy is beaten, bruised, or tied to a chair, he should be confident and defiant.
Beefcake guys may offer a knowing sneer or a glowing smile, but they do not offer themselves up the way cheesecake girls do. Rather, they present themselves. That’s a subtle but important difference. They are still there to be looked at, but they’re not there to be taken.
I think there absolutely is room for these elements, even in the most traditional beefcake art. There’s room for a lot of fantasies in beefcake, including those of us who enjoy a little male submissiveness in our mindless titillation.
(Also, “submissive” does not necessarily equal “feminine.”)]]>