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Austin, Hailey J. "If She Be Worthy: Performance of female masculinity and toxic geek masculinity in jason aaron’s thor: the goddess of thunder." Superheroes and Masculinity. Unmasking the Gender Performance of Heroism. Eds. Sean Parson and J. L. Schatz. Lanham [etc.]: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. 29–45. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Austin2019
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Thor", Aaron. Jason, Gender, Middle Ages, Superhero, USA
Creators: Austin, Parson, Schatz
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield (Lanham [etc.])
Collection: Superheroes and Masculinity. Unmasking the Gender Performance of Heroism
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Hailey J. Austin takes a look at how the creation of the female Thor in one of Thor’s later iterations was ultimately hijacked by a toxic fan base in order to perpetuate patriarchal understandings of the hero, and its creators. Austin points out that, while there was the possibility for a message of feminist empowerment in the female Thor, this narrative got downplayed within both the story arc and the way its narrative circulated around social media. By paying attention to how bloggers responded, and then subsequently harassed Marvel’s editorial and creative staff, Austin demonstrates how the comics industry was ultimately willing to succumb to the pressure and strip Thor of her female mantle and return it back to a man, thereby reassuring the heteronormative nature of the God of Thunder.
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