22 May 2014

Boy Fear Cures

Comicbook Characters and the Fears They Assuage in the Minds of Little Boys

SUPERMAN powerlessness The fear of being dissolved in the banal homogeneity of adult male identity.

SPIDERMAN masturbation Sticky hands, flying from building to building, through the air, crawling up walls with hairy hands, long socks.

BATMAN homosexuality Lives in a cave, closet with scantily clad boy and older man, complex daddy issues, capers at night in leather fetish outfit, has a car that projects anxiety, pretend girlfriend

WOLVERINE castration Knife hands when excited

IRONMAN erectile dysfunction Soft mammal body replaced with a hard outer shell, like an insect

HULK tiny penis Expresses rage, clothes ripped apart by growing mass except for one part then never grows very large


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