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

2. 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.”

4. 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.”

6. It can involve men transforming into women too.

7. 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.

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8. 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.

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“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”

9. 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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Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

 

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