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If I don't get pants, nobody gets pants by Theamat If I don't get pants, nobody gets pants by Theamat
Submission for The Line is Drawn, theme "Male superheroes see how the other side lives".


Wonder Woman makes the rest of the JLA wear various costumes she's had over the years.
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pncwho Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Funny!  And well drawn.
cottlestonpye Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It's about time! Who says only women are tough enough to go bare-legged? I bet a few of those guys are almost as tough...

(An aside: if you feel a need to call bullshit on this or defend anything from this... that's YOUR issue. Draw your own pathetic picture to deal with it; commenting here just makes you look like an arse. 'K?)
Ulla-Andy Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Love how the Flash just gives no f*cks lol.
these-dark-faces Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
I'm sure if wonder woman was emcumbered with armour, belts and capes, like batman, that wouldn't impede or combat style AT all *sarcasm*
Time-Trooper Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
To be fair, lots of superheroes don't get shirts either...
loganjames210 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Fuck's sake...
Roman-Emperor Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Wonder Woman is a fictional character created by 
William Marston, her outfit was his artistic choice, as it would portray her as a strong(able to show herself) and attractive(sexy) character. So you don't get to say in what she should or shouldn't wear. If you don't like it then create your own League of Justice with fat, full of complexes women, and some whiny, henpecked men, and see if it sells. More so, nobody complains about Superman's six-pack.
lunarechoes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
Superman's six-pack is a) covered and b) drawn to fulfill male power fantasies, not to titillate women. Be off with you and your false equivalencies.
AtlasValley Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
Wonder Woman's hourglass waist is a) covered and b) drawn to fulfill female power fantasies, not titulate men. See how that sounds?

Superheroes are drawn to look attractive and powerful, villains in most cases look horrendous (Joker, Clayface, Parasite, Metallo, Doomsday etc.) That's just the way comics are drawn and have been for over 75 years. You'll find men and women alike in skin-tight spandex (and until recently, Dick Grayson when he was Robin, showed his legs too) don't make it about sex or sexism.
IKillDeadThings Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
That's actually very false.  Look at all the female villains of batman for example.  Poison Ivy?  Oh right she's hideous.  Harley?  Oh god bag her she's so ****.  Comic book heroes/villains around that time were drawn for the primarily male audience and haven't evolved one iota.  Your argument stinks of maleness.
jdpennell Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016
wasn't this, I thought well done, funny, and entertaining work, based off an artistic choice as well? This artist absolutely gets to say what their superheros wear, if you don't like it Deviant has tons of other pictures for you to enjoy. F' out of here with your censorship.
angelGraham Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You Win!
Mazvil Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016
Pants are for chumps anyway
superawesometacoman Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
Somehow, Superman rocks it.
THeMaDwalKer Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student General Artist
well, Battyman kinda does have slight pants on.
Tedemi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'Who wore it better?'
gaeasson Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
1. The Flash... I foresee much thigh chafing in his future.
2. I'm not sure that top is doing the Batman any favors.

Other than that, this is working for me on the guys the same way it works for me on the women.   If a super-suit isn't going to be armour, like Batman's normal garb, it serves as advertising that the individual is a prime physical specimen, powers aside, and probably not to be screwed with.  These outfits suit that purpose admirably.
Darkone10 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016

That's cute.
Sexyboy007 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 8, 2016
That's complete bullshit. Its not that men are sexist and want women to not wear pants. Its that men WANT women to wear shorts because they are perverted just as much as women are equally perverts that even if no men existed they would want to show their bare body to other human or women to show off. They are show off creatures just as men are show off creatures with their macho muscles. /Yawn...
seththelegomasterr Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't understand your logic about the bareness. If she's going to be fighting, then she needs to wear armor. Furthermore, It is unfair that every female in the DC universe is not measured by their intelligence or strength, but by their figure. People have tried to get this fixed so that way people of both genders can read comics comfortably, but that has not happened. This is because they make the characters sexually appealing, so male readers will be drawn to it like a moth to the flame. 
Geckot Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student Filmographer
did u just call women "creatures"
Songbreeze741 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Skirts are much more comfortable than those skintight suits

Plus, if it ever flies up, the villains go "ew" and get clobbered

A-thonX Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So does Namor get pants now to? 
PTPenguino Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016   General Artist
HoshikoSoyokaze Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a counter...

Stop portraying Male superheroes as musclebound, steroid injected freaks with codpieces that could hide a foot-long.
CaptainTronny Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Good, everybody looks sexy, strong and confident now :D
CheetoJasper Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, this would make it homoerotic.
The difference between the superheroes' costumes is simply fan servicing. There are women who like gawking at the masculinity of the Superman or Batman, while men like looking at the beauty and sexuality of Wonder Woman, Power Girl, etc.
However these superheroes cater to both genders. The male heroes provide an icon to look up to for young boys, and young girls look up to the female heroes. The costumes really mean nothing. Feminism seems to want to empower women by burning bras, and discouraging slutshaming, why complain about the skimpy clothing of the female heroes? I say it's also empowering.
When you take the male heroes masculinity and make it seem homoerotic, you alienate straight men and some women, making it counterproductive.
That's just my viewpoint of it.
ionotter Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Aquaman:  I've worn worse.

Indeed.  He's worn *nothing* as I recall?
giabean Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  New Deviant Student
hahahahaha i love itPixel Justice Pixel Justice 
Yosidy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
@INeedMarshallee Considering she is a fictional character, I would assume that "she" did not pick the outfit.
cosmic-heart Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
INeedMarshallee Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Didn't she choose the outfit.....?
Sinju-Stormbringer Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Somehow Superman pulls it off.
Dianinhas Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Student Filmographer
Yes! This is to show how unfair guys portray women without even thinking about their confurts
MaxKelso Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
Now that's funny and well empowering for women. Why should women be required to not wear pants? lol!
ZEDorDEAD Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Professional General Artist
because they have great asses
MaxKelso Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
lol! True for many. Not for all.
LavalLion121 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
Well technically it was your choice to wear that outfit
Finglonger Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wasn't aware fictional characters had free choice. I'd always assumed that it was writers and comic book artists who dressed her.
Josh-Finney Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Technically, Cyborg never wears pants. Or any clothes at all. He runs around naked.
avoiceforyou Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
There are actually a few book out about Wonder Woman and William Marston's ideal's for Wonder Woman. He wanted her to be strong and powerful. He had this idea of submission. And though a lot of her was dressed so sexually Marston saw her as one of the strongest heroes. He believed that women were the dominant sex and the world would eventually become a matriarchy. Obviously we're just trying to get the world to be equal between men and women but that was Marston's vision when it came to Wonder Woman. She would be the leader of this new matriarchal world. So yes. She is definitely sexualized but Marston didn't see it as a a negative. He believed it to be one of her weapons against those who would try to bring her down.
YoukoMJ Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Firstly... I thought it was pretty cute. Just wanted to get that out of the way first.

Second, I'd LOVE to see female superheroes dressed more akin to their male counterparts and vice versa. It'd lead to more creative freedom, if nothing else, and we can see characters like that and question them about their dress.

And lastly, the issue of clothes... which shouldn't be an issue.

The fact that some of you are taking men in wonder woman's clothing as an insult, attack or an act of humiliation really does shed light on the common, accepted view of women and their clothing. It's seen as an embarrassment. It's seen as degrading instead of -- especially in the case of wonder woman -- an honor and privilege. So far, not one of you complaining about the outfit exchanged said anything that wasn't indicative of you finding this offensive somehow, and then you try to complain about the fact that this is somehow an overbearing feminist message dressed up comically.

Why don't women superheroes dress like men?

Because women are viewed much more sexually than men as a whole. Never once will you see male characters dressed in effeminate ways without it being a joke. Not once. Meanwhile, a woman shows her breasts (which are basically the same as a man's chest but with more fat and milk glands) and people will immediately call for her to cover up. The first thought about dressing a woman or designing women characters is the amount of sex appeal they have for their male-geared, presumably straight audience.

That said, male characters are designed to be visually appealing to their male audience. Say what you want, but you'll never see Batman with lush, kissable lips, bedroom eyes, flushed cheeks or most anything else that illustrators will keep in mind for female characters. You'll never see a male character that seems to cater to what the media sees as a woman's fantasy. You'll almost never see male characters portrayed as sexually vulnerable.

Male characters are designed around a power fantasy. They're tall, strong, masculine with an inverted triangle body type. Most of these men are either dressed in suits (signifying their high positions of power in their respective environment) or, thank goodness, dressed as a normal person.

It's not a matter of the clothes, though. It's the mindset in choosing the clothes. Do you think (assumingly) straight males in 1933 decided "let's design this character to be as sexually attractive as possible while making him easy to draw, for the sake of attracting our ideal readers."

Do you think those is 1941 designed Wonder Woman around being powerful, strong and a figure to look up to? Probably not, when so many of her villains were trying to undress her.

The day we can actually do these costume swaps in earnest, without it being seen as degrading or embarrassing, is the day we can stop joking about it.
EliShadow Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
But Cyborg never wears pants, it's weird to see him clothed
toomuch89 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
that's funny. 
Neopolatine Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The pants issue is more complicated than it might seem at face value and, frankly, sort of a dead horse that's still being beaten. They gave Wonder Woman pants (though not for the first time) in issues #600 - 614, back in the late 2000s, which naturally ignited a storm of controversy. Contrary to what you might expect, one of the loudest voices in opposition to a pantsed WW was Gloria Steinem, the National Organization for Women founder who put Wonder Woman on the cover of the first issue of Ms. magazine when it debuted in the 70s. Her argument was that, though the intent of the pantsing on the part of the creators might be some misguided sense of gender equality, it still essentially boils down to a man (or men) deciding what a woman gets to wear. In her mind, to make an outright decree that any female superhero who exposes some skin is inherently sexist is an ink-and-paper version of slut-shaming.

Inevitably the debate about how female superheroes are clothed in contrast to their male counterparts always comes back to the question of agency. Fictional characters cannot exercise their agency, so it's up to their creators to be responsible custodians of that agency. This can be problematic because very often, the creators are men, who are also beholden to the whims of the industry. Case in point, while WW's armored leotard usually gives ample coverage "down there," in the 1990s she was occasionally depicted by certain artists with a thong, because classic superheroes found themselves in a titillation competition with the over-sexed "bad girls" of that era. So the question of agency is complicated even further by the fact that every year on average, a dozen different artists are drawing Wonder Woman, with varying responsibility of editorial oversight.

Bottom line, the leotard itself and the bare legs that come with it aren't the problem; it's the depictions of various artists that can be at issue. For example, in this fan art, WW's posterior is getting a lot less coverage than it usually does (the aforementioned thong aberration notwithstanding), presumably to emphasize the position the artist is taking. What matters is the intent behind the depiction. Is she being drawn for the masturbatory fantasies of the male gaze, or is she being depicted as the powerful athlete that she is? I challenge anyone to read the celebrated WW arcs by Gail Simone, George Perez, Greg Rucka or Brian Azzarello and say that her agency wasn't respected-- all the while without pants.
TheMasterofDespair Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
:iconclappingplz: Thank you!!!
writingbubble Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
I like the green one :3
skydiamond79 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Oh gosh, yes :D

moonbeani Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Student General Artist
! wtf is this winkie
skydiamond79 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
it's funny :)
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