The Book Covers That Never Were


The V-shaped body with bulging chest and slim waist has come to signify for children, the world over, the embodiment of a man with super-human strength – the gold standard for masculinity and machismo. This series of images attempts to demolish these very ideals, bringing to light that men whose body types and sexual orientations do not conform to the societal yardstick of perfection are no less super.


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Maitri Dore

Maitri Dore, an architect by profession always had a childhood penchant for cartooning and illustrating. Apart from drawing lines, she illustrates for the Chennai-based children’s magazine, Gokulam and has contributed to other sites. In March, 2014 she won first prize in the contest 'Pictures Against Prejudice' for 'The Fist', a depiction of homosexuality vis-a-vis societal norms. Her work can be viewed at

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