Mom and cartoonist LinnĂŠa Johansson understands the challenges of raising boys in a world full of gender stereotypes. In an effort to teach her children, and others around the globe, that itâs okay to show your emotions, Johansson took pen to paper and drew some of her kidsâ favorite superheroes in surprising and unusual scenes. In her coloring book âSuper Soft Heroes,â she depicts a babywearing, cookie-baking Batman as well as a weepy Spiderman, and even some cross-dressing action from Superman and Catwoman, all intended to help show boys that they should feel free to express their feelings.
More than likely, kids will find it pretty amusing to see their favorite superheroes out of context and snuggled up with kittens. Johansson created the superhero images as a response to modern societyâs gender-based expectations for boysâ and girlsâ behavior. On her website, she explains, â[Boys] are taught through these role models to âman upâ and that âboys donât cryâ.â When her three year-old son wanted to stop crying because none of the superheroes do, Johansson was moved to action. She drew her âSuper-soft Superheroesâ as the âemotional and complex characters,â they are.
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Johanssonâs coloring book is a labor of love, and she wants to share her message with as many children as possible around the world. To that end, sheâs made the coloring book available on her website at no charge in PDF format.
Her next project? Ten more moving images for kids to color, featuring âSuper-strong Princessesâ, aimed at showing girls that they are worth more than their pretty faces.
via Huffington Post
Images via LinnĂŠa Johansson