By RazzaTazz 27 Comments
I don’t usually discuss sex here, not because I am opposed to the idea of discussing (though I do believe in a certain amount of discretion) but rather because I feel like sex and comics don’t generally have a lot to do with one another. This ties back into the concept of comics originally being aimed primarily at a children’s audience. This of course has changed over the years and the portrayal of sex has creeped into comics every now and then. I can’t remember the issue or even the decade but I remember seeing once one of the earliest supposed sexual encounters, between Daredevil and Black Widow, where the two just went into the bedroom together, shared some conversation and then turned off the lights. More recently I have been reading and run across some near sex scenes in both an issue of between Hank Pym and Tigra, and in the For Tomorrow story arc in Superman where Clark and Lois are shown post-coitus. So the depiction of one of our strongest desires as humans has been creeping into comics gradually as they have become more adult based. One thing though which kind of caught me off guard though was a sort of sex related incident in the pages of the Stark Resilient story arc where Sasha Hammer goes as close as possible to straddling Tony while he is driving a car.
In my opinion there are two things which are pretty prevalent in North American culture, that of free and instant access to sex (in essentially any form of media) and a dependence on a culture surrounding automobiles. So when I saw the two here together it sort of hit me as a strange concept of something to portray. After all even though children are not the sole readers of comics anymore they still are readers of comics. This is not really my issue with the action though. It is more so that we live in a culture where we mock or laugh at the “Double Rainbow – What Does it Mean?” guy but where we idolize such empty and shallow actions like gratuitous sex or driving a car (or both at the same time) but where a man having what for him was a religious experience, is belittled.