On the Subjugation of Superwomen

MU Student Jesse Carpender mulls over the frequency of sexual assault, killing-off, and figurative and literal disempowering of female comic-book heroes:

Why are superwomen victimized? If these women are heroes, surely they should be able to protect themselves against the dangers faced by real women. But superwomen are denied their dignity. Not only are superwomen victims of sex crimes, loss of identity and murder: they have to wear pasties and heels while they fight crime.

Women are not the only minority in the comic medium frequently given the expendable treatment. Gay and lesbian superheroes also face violent ends. In a list similar to Simone’s, author Perry Moore compiled a list which showed that gay characters are represented as perverts and villains who are usually killed, maimed, or victims of hate crimes.


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