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Burch, Rebecca L. und Laura Johnsen: "Captain Dorito and the bombshell. Supernormal stimuli in comics and film." In: Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences (2019). 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
DOI: 10.1037%2Febs0000164
BibTeX citation key: Burch2019
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Keywords: Gender, Körper, Statistik, Superheld, USA
Creators: Burch, Johnsen
Collection: Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences
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We examined the visualization of male and female superheroes, paying attention to physical dimensions and costuming that accentuated hyper-masculine or hyper-feminine features such as shoulder-to-waist ratio, jawlines, upper body muscularity, waist-to-hip ratio, and breast morphology. Body mass index (BMI) data were collected for 3,752 Marvel comic characters. Males were on average “obese” whereas females averaged at the low end of normal weight. The male higher body mass was caused by extreme upper body muscularity, with male shoulder-to-waist ratios far above human limits. This is in stark contrast to low weight female superhero bodies with far lower waist-to-hip ratios than average humans. The endocrine markers that are exaggerated in these depictions create supernormal sexual stimuli for each sex.
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