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De Dauw, Esther. Hot Pants and Spandex Suits: Gender representation in american superhero comic books. New Brunswick: Rutgers Univ. Press, 2021. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781978806047
BibTeX citation key: DeDauw2021
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Categories: General
Keywords: Body, Ethnicity, Gender, Superhero, USA
Creators: De Dauw
Publisher: Rutgers Univ. Press (New Brunswick)
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The superheroes from DC and Marvel comics are some of the most iconic characters in popular culture today. But how do these figures idealize certain gender roles, body types, sexualities, and racial identities at the expense of others?
Hot Pants and Spandex Suitsoffers a far-reaching look at how masculinity and femininity have been represented in American superhero comics, from the Golden and Silver Ages to the Modern Age. Scholar Esther De Dauw contrasts the bulletproof and musclebound phallic bodies of classic male heroes like Superman, Captain America, and Iron Man with the figures of female counterparts like Wonder Woman and Supergirl, who are drawn as superhumanly flexible and plastic. It also examines the genre’s ambivalent treatment of LGBTQ representation, from the presentation of gay male heroes Wiccan and Hulkling as a model minority couple to the troubling association of Batwoman’s lesbianism with monstrosity. Finally, it explores the intersection between gender and race through case studies of heroes like Luke Cage, Storm, and Ms. Marvel.

Table of Contents

Introduction (1)

Chapter 1: White Superheroes and Masculinity (30)
Chapter 2: The White Female Body (61)
Chapter 3: Gay Characters and Social Progress (88)
Chapter 4: Legacy, Community and the Superhero of Color (118)
Conclusion: The Next Steps (149)

Acknowledgments (161)
Notes (163)
Bibliography (183)
Index (195)

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