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Superheroes & Gender Roles, 1961-2004

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Superhero comic books are nearly unique among pop culture genres for their endurance across generations of readers and their ability to adapt fluidly to changing social, cultural and ideological norms. The comic book market has traditionally been dominated by male readership and masculine concerns, but female super characters such as Wonder Woman, Phoenix, and Elektra have been relied on as sites of feminist inspiration and interrogation. In a feminist context, some analyses have praised super heroic women for the emancipatory power of their representation, while others have decried the presumed sexual objectification and victimization of über-women in skin-tight clothing.
This study examines the portrayal of women on the covers of mainstream comic books. Relying on a method of content analysis, it quantitatively analyzes variables in the representation of women relative to men on comic book covers over a span of more than four decades.

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Palmer, Erik. "Superheroes & Gender Roles, 1961-2004" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Marriott Downtown, Chicago, IL, Aug 06, 2008 <Not Available>. 2014-12-01 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p271949_index.html>

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Palmer, E. , 2008-08-06 "Superheroes & Gender Roles, 1961-2004" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Marriott Downtown, Chicago, IL Online <PDF>. 2014-12-01 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p271949_index.html

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Abstract: Superhero comic books are nearly unique among pop culture genres for their endurance across generations of readers and their ability to adapt fluidly to changing social, cultural and ideological norms. The comic book market has traditionally been dominated by male readership and masculine concerns, but female super characters such as Wonder Woman, Phoenix, and Elektra have been relied on as sites of feminist inspiration and interrogation. In a feminist context, some analyses have praised super heroic women for the emancipatory power of their representation, while others have decried the presumed sexual objectification and victimization of über-women in skin-tight clothing.
This study examines the portrayal of women on the covers of mainstream comic books. Relying on a method of content analysis, it quantitatively analyzes variables in the representation of women relative to men on comic book covers over a span of more than four decades.


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