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Hoffman, Matthew A. and Sara Kolmes. "When Clark Met Diana: Friendship and Romance in Comics." Wonder Woman and Philosophy. The Amazonian Mystique. Ed. Jacob M. Held. Hoboken: Wiley, 2017. 81–90. 
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Resource type: Book Article
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1002/9781119280804.ch7
BibTeX citation key: Hoffman2017
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Keywords: "Wonder Woman", Superhero, USA
Creators: Held, Hoffman, Kolmes
Publisher: Wiley (Hoboken)
Collection: Wonder Woman and Philosophy. The Amazonian Mystique
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In the past, Wonder Woman and Superman were depicted as good friends, but as of 2016, in New 52 Wonder Woman comic books, the Amazon princess and the man of steel are in a romantic relationship. The implication seems to be that romantically compatible people cannot be just friends. Thankfully, philosophy can help to debunk this notion and shed some light on the nature of friendship and romance as well. In consuming works of popular culture, people learn what is expected of them in their interpersonal lives: cross-gender relationships must be romantic, and friendship cannot be as important as romance. The loss of Wonder Woman and Superman as an example of a stable non-romantic cross-gender friendship therefore represents not just a change in the treatment of the characters, but a loss of support for the idea that such friendships are possible.
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