Super-Mjuka Hjältar

Super Soft Heroes / Super Mjuka Hjältar

Boys learn from their role models to act tough and aggressive and that showing vulnerability or emotion is equivalent to being weak or ”being a girl” (which is considered an insult in todays society). They are taught through these role models to ”man up” and that ”boys don’t cry”. Girls on the other hand learn early on that their greatest assets is to be beautiful. When my three years old son stopped crying because none of his heroes do , I had to take action because i think this is (excuse me) bullshit. I decided to draw ten soft super heroes and then strong princesses, just to give the kids some alternatives.

This coloring book is free, partly because i want no trouble with Marvel or DC comics but also so that I can reach out to as many kids as possible. As a cartoonist and a big comic book-fan myself I know the superheroes are emotional and complex characters, the problem is that in the kids editions they show only aggression and violence. If you like my ideas and wish to donate money to my future projects you can send it via paypal to linneita@gmail.com Here are the ten Super-soft heroes and in a few weeks I will give you ten Super-strong Princesses. Thank you!

Download link: Super-Mjuka-Hjältar.pdf

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Till er i Sverige; om ni will swisha pengar till mina framtida projekt så kan ni göra det till detta numret 0735523201 men eftersom det inte går att koppla till mitt norska nummer så är det min pappas nummer som alltså skickar vidare till mig. Så om ni absolut vill busringa så står mitt nummer under info på Limpan-sidan, men ring inte honom. Okej? Tack.

17 thoughts on “Super Soft Heroes / Super Mjuka Hjältar”

  1. Fantastiskt fina bilder, jag är så glad att publicerat dem såhär! En liten förfrågan bara, som pedagog med hjärtat i normkrititisk pedagogik och som mamma till bruna barn med lockigt hår i lite olika varianter skulle jag önska lite fler bilder med t ex afrohår eller flätor/twist o dyl.
    Tillsammans gör vi världen lite bättre! 🙂

    1. I came across your artwork on Buzzfeed and I just wanted to thank you for your art a million times over, my boys aged 6 & 7 years old get told that they are girls by their father (my ex partner) for showing any emotion. I refuse to let them perceive it as an insult or that females are any less than them, even more so now that they have a baby sister. I am looking forward to your princess series too and can’t wait to show all of my children your art, they’re going to be so excited.

  2. As a psychologist working with children, I applaud your work and think it is so very needed in our society right now. I especially love the Batman dad that is doing yoga! Thank you for these wonderful cartoons!

  3. As an educator & mother of a five year old Superhero obsessed son who loves to color & draw, I have found such a difficult time identifying appropriate images for him that were not purely focused on demonstrating strength through physically violent actions or filled with oversexualized female characters, & would also appeal to my son. I have recently become concerned with the messages my son has been getting from such mass produced images as well as his behavior when emulating them. Thank you for creating & sharing these with us & others! Please, please keep the worthy work with healthy messages coming & do try to get published in the U.S., even if items are sold on your own site.

  4. Tackar så mycket för dessa härliga bilder! Mitt barn gillar superhjältarna i “vanliga” liv, för han har alltid undrat vad de gör när de är “lediga” 🙂

  5. I appreciate how many of the kids are rather androgynous. It doesn’t matter if Batman is baking with his sons or his daughters, it is an activity all parents and kids can enjoy together!
    Great work!

  6. Tack!
    De här illustrationerna är fantastiska! Jag har printat, tipsat på min blogg och swishat en slant. För du måste få fortsätta med detta!

  7. These are super cool. Creating this perspective of super heroes emoting is beneficial for Both girls and boys. Thanks for making them available for download; can’t wait for the next installment, Naomi

  8. Fantastic idea! I don’t have children myself, but am intending to use them in school (I teach 10-18 year olds). I think they’ll be great to discuss and challenge stereotypes!

  9. I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s equally educative and amusing,
    and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something
    not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about.
    Now i’m very happy I stumbled across this in my search for something regarding this.

  10. Jag tycker att det känns relevant att sluta hoppa över förskolebarnens utveckling genom att skippa bollibompa och istället visa ninjago och andra våldsamma patriarkala serier ämnade för år sju och uppåt. Det finns så mycket i de serier som ÄR skapade för de yngsta som hjälper dem att utveckla ett rikare språk och få bättre grepp om sina känslor. Detta gör våldsserierna ämnade för äldre barn rent olämpliga för de yngsta. Inte för att det finns våld i i sig, utan för att de saknar den emotionella biten som de yngre behöver få jobba med. Dock, som komplement till de patriarkala superhjältarna gör du ett så bra och viktigt jobb LimpAn! Hoppas få se en av dina egna skissböcker further on och att det i dessa kan få lyftas fram ännu mer bredd än vad de komemrciella hjältarna tillåter <3

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