Demarest, Rebecca A. "Superheroes, Superpowers, and Sexuality." In: Discussions 2.10 (2010)<http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/a?id=312>.
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Keywords: Anthropology, Empirical research, Gender, Superhero, USA
Superheroes have a strong influence in our society, and as such we should look at the messages that they represent. To this end, I have examined the sexuality and gender roles that superheroes suggest through their appearance, the way they are written about, they way that they talk, the distribution of superpowers, and their relationships. I surveyed 63 Willamette University and Skyview Junior High students about their favorite superheroes and their reasons for liking that particular hero to begin my analysis, and branched from there to texts written by the companies who own the superheroes and other anthropologists who have examined the role of heroes in our society.
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