This ‘Sexist’ Cartoon Everyone Is Freaking Out About Is Actually Fetish Porn

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This Sexist Cartoon Everyone Is Freaking Out About Is Actually Fetish Porn

This week, an image showing a woman transforming after reading a book has been shared across social media.

The drawing shows a tanned, blonde woman in heels and a dress slowly transforming into a pale, dark-haired woman in jeans, thanks to a book.

“According to this illustration, reading takes away muscle tone, besides that it makes you white, almost European. And makes you cut your hair.”

Many people have said they find the cartoon offensive because of its perceived stereotyping of women.

“To believe in this shit and support it is really is something else.”

However, the artist behind the piece, who is known on DeviantArt as Sortimid, says the art is part of an erotic niche called “bimbo transformation.”

According to Sortimid, this fetish can take many forms, but usually involves “hyper-feminine, hyper-sexualized caricature.” They say it can be humorous and lighthearted, or a lot darker in content.

It can involve men transforming into women too.

Sortimid says that the viral cartoon was a commissioned piece for someone who wanted to see this transformation in reverse. They did not expect the art to be seen outside of the transformation porn community.

The artist has clarified their feelings in the caption on the piece’s DeviantArt page, and followers have used the comments to voice their support.

“Just wanted to say I’m sorry for all the flak you’ve gotten over this misunderstood picture! Hopefully people will either take the time to enlighten themselves and find context, or move on. Either way, good luck <3”

While the cartoon was intended for a specific client, Sortimid understands the reaction to it.

“Perhaps it was naïve of me to assume it was ‘just another transformation.’ People don’t see it as ‘porn’ so they assume it must be a statement. Their criticism is valid. I apologize for advancing those stereotypes. I strive to create erotica that is both sexy and feminist. It seems, in this case, I have failed spectacularly and for that, I apologize. If there’s anything I can do to make up for it, please let me know.”

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