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Majhi, Goutam: "Paradox of Gender Equality in Hollywood Superhero Movies." In: Arts & Education International Research Journal 4.2 (2017), S. 5–9. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: English
Peer reviewed
BibTeX citation key: Majhi2017
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Categories: General
Keywords: Adaptation, Film adaptation, Gender, Superhero, USA
Creators: Majhi
Collection: Arts & Education International Research Journal
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Abstract
Since 1920 with the release of ‘The Mark zorro’ directed by Fred Niblo and Theodore Reed Hollywood has been entertaining the world with superhero movies. But what striking in these Superhero movies is the delineation with the stereotypical gender roles. This genre of movies witnesses male protagonist, and if woman is found in the movie, either she is projected as frail, or to assist their male counterpart in scuppering the perilous elements in society or from the universe. Gender equality is rarely reflected in Hollywood superhero movies, rather relentless appearance of male superhero in this genre of movie firmly establishes male chauvinism in film fraternity. Male superhero has been projected as protector, saviour, and on the other hand, women are hardly found as a saviour, rather they are saved whenever they are at stake by male superhero. In spite of male domination women are found playing lead roles in some movies like Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Snow White and the Huntsman etc. Their appearance in the lead roles seems to be the initiation of diminishing the misrepresentation of stereotypical gender roles. But the storyline of the movies at the end always takes woman protagonist to the condition where she has to yield to the dominance of patriarchal social order. This article centers on the conscious hypocrisy of the male dominated capitalist authorities of Hollywood film fraternity stands as an impediment to obtain equality in gender roles especially in Superhero movies.
  
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