"Protection": Comic Books, Masculinity, and Doing It
A promotional item for the upcoming, and much anticipated, Watchmen comic-to-film adaptation is confusing fans and blurring the line between sexual and supernatural fantasy.
For those of you unaware of this phenomenon, Watchmen was originally a 12-issue comic series and is frequently held up as not only a seminal work of the art form, but has also been called one of the great American novels. The series is well-known for intentionally going against the conventional idea of a superhero, a fact that is leaving many fans of the series feeling uneasy about the upcoming film. This idea of contradiction is only amplified by this odd product tie-in.
While most blogs seem to be talking about this clash between the ideals of the comic series and the commercialism of this promotional item, I was first struck by the overt connection being made between sex and comics. The idea of the "fan boy" has been a topic that I have personally been really interested in lately, so seeing this opportunity for guys to essentially have sex and think of themselves as a superhero* is especially intriguing.
Some may think that a feminist discussion surrounding this condom is a little played out, since the idea that comic books are frequently a boy's club isn't exactly groundbreaking (neither is the notion of men being protectors). However, this does seem especially interesting, right? What do you all think?
* Wearers of this condom are both assuming the role of "society's only protection" and also role-playing as the (blue and nude) Watchmen character of Doctor Manhattan.
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