Over at Fernacular (via Uproxx), they decided to try and demonstrate why some women aren’t too pleased with many of the costumes female heroes get by giving guys the same kind of makeover. The result is pretty hilarious, but because it’s hilarious, it points out the problem with this idea.
It just doesn’t work when you try to make men sexy by showing skin. It’s just goofy and an obvious joke every time. Put the exact same costume on a man with ideal anatomy and a woman with ideal anatomy, and those attracted to men will probably laugh, and those attracted to women are more likely to find it sexy.
I’m not saying this isn’t a problem, but I am saying it’s hard to “oversexualize” men in the same way it’s done to women, so I’m not sure if comparisons like these work. I wrote a whole post about this a while back, and got into debates about “false equivalency” and this and that, but it was an interesting conversation nonetheless.
Anyway, check out the rest of the hero makeovers below.