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Gaswint, Kiera M. "There Must Always Be a Thor: Marvel’s Thor the Goddess of Thunder and the Disruption of Heroic Masculinities." Superheroes and Masculinity. Unmasking the Gender Performance of Heroism. Eds. Sean Parson and J. L. Schatz. Lanham [etc.]: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. 97–110. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Gaswint2019
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Keywords: "Thor", Aaron. Jason, Gender, Middle Ages, Superhero, USA
Creators: Gaswint, Parson, Schatz
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield (Lanham [etc.])
Collection: Superheroes and Masculinity. Unmasking the Gender Performance of Heroism
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In chapter 6, Kiera M. Gaswint returns to analyzing the female Thor. Unlike the chapter in the first section of this book, they conclude that Jane Foster’s construction as Thor can still be read positively despite the way the story arc ends. For them, the very presentation of a female Thor, without the need to rename the character as Thor Girl, helps to demonstrate how the mantle of heroism can be held by men and women alike without the need to distinguish the gender of the hero because anyone has the power to be super. At the same time, they demonstrate the way Jane Foster portrays Thor is decidedly different than the male version of Thor, and in so doing helps to open space for a female masculinity to be positively expressed and embraced.
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