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A Mom Made A Sensitive Coloring Book To Show Her Son Even Superheroes Cry Sometimes

They also brush their teeth while pooping. Who knew?

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Illustrator and cartoonist Linnéa Johansson's 3-year-old son vowed to stop crying because superheroes don't cry. So she responded by making a coloring book to share with him.

"I know he's a sensitive guy," she told BuzzFeed News. "I've seen him being little by little put into this gender role that is not him. He’s changing. I’m so sad to see he’s swallowing his emotions."

The notion that boys can't be vulnerable is "bullshit," Johansson, 29, wrote on her blog.

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"As a cartoonist and a big comic book fan myself, I know the superheroes are emotional and complex characters," she wrote on her blog. "The problem is that in the kids' editions, they show only aggression and violence."

She initially made the original illustrations just with her oldest son, Caspian, but now anyone can download them here.


Johansson, who is from Sweden but lives in Norway, has been seeing her work spread across Scandinavia.

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She thinks U.S. kids in particular would benefit from seeing superheroes outside their stereotypical roles.


As for her son, Johansson said she thinks her comics got through to him.

"I think I caught him in exactly the moment when he was about to close up," she said. "Hopefully I kept his door a little open."

H/T Good