Women from the superhero genre in the 1940s were all about being the Damsel in Distress,but today’s modern superhero genre seem to be about Femme Fatale and the woman relying less on the man. Accept women are objective to always being the Damsel in Distress or are highly sexuliased to target the male audience as the superhero genre does have a male skew, this is why we most commonly see the hero be very masculine and very dominant.
“Masculinity cannot exist without femininity. On its own,masculinity has no meaning, because it is but one half of a set of power relations. Masculinity pertains to male dominance as femininity pertains to female subordination”
This is a statement from feminist Sheila Jeffreys which explains how the hero saves the Damsel in Distress from a perilous situation and the man can never be seen as dominant without taking control. This has been rooted into our society that women are seen as being the weaker sex and have been untouched on in the superhero genre whereas the men are very masculine and look dominant to the female.
Superhero sitcom’s that show this is The Adventures of Captain Marvel:The curse of the Scorpion (1941) directed by William Witney & John English, Agent Carter (2015) created by Christopher Markus & Stephen Mcfeely also Kim Possible (2002) created by Mark McCorkle and SuperWoman is getting her first movie in 2017.
Damsel in Distress is one of two main representations of Women in the superhero genre, the D.I.D is placed in a life threatening situation in which she cannot escape on her own so needs to be saved by the hero.
She would usually be very intelligent also feminine accept she knows her own mind but usually remains a love interest that of to the hero. This is of importance to the genre because it show’s the hero as being strong and tough saving the poor innocent helpless women. But what type of message is this sending to young ...
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