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What superheroes can teach us

  1. 1. WHAT SUPERHEROES By: Carolyn Johnston CAN TEACH US
  2. 2. WALK OF SHAME Thesis: “This essay considers how the descriptor „walk of shame‟ functions to discipline female sexual practice by reinforcing gender stereotypes and punishing women who transgress socially constructed norms that these uses prescribe.”
  3. 3. Shame is a female characteristic Sexual Double Standard “Women have been socialized into a shared understanding of what constitutes proper feminine sexuality and thus recognizing the walk of shame as evidence of transgressing these norms of being a “bad girl.” (Lunceford, 2008, p.323) “Gender right” (Lunceford, 2008, p.324)
  4. 4. THESIS OF PRESENTATION Gender roles are learned at a young age and reinforced by popular television shows to create a society in which women are expected to behave in a manner similar to the stereotype seen on television.
  5. 5. GENDER ROLES “Gender roles are social constructions that contain self-concepts and psychological traits, as well as family, occupational and political roles, assigned dichotomously to members of each sex.”
  6. 6. MALE/ FEMALE ROLES  “Women are seen as passive, nurturant, and dependent, and men are seen as aggressive, competitive, and independent” (Holz-Ivory, Gibson & Ivory, 2009, p.172).  “Maleness signals authority, stuatus, competence social power and influence and femaleness signals lack of authority, low status, incompetence, and little power and influence.” (Holz-Ivory, Gibson & Ivory, 2009, p. 173).
  7. 7. But Where Do These Stereotypes Come From?
  8. 8. SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS  Favorite Superheroes?  Characteristics?  What was found in cartoons  Still true today?  Why is this a problem?
  9. 9. CHARACTERISTICS Male Female
  10. 10. FEMALE SUPERHERO O v e r c o m in g s te r e o t y p e s ? Image found on www.imdb.com
  11. 11. “SAVE THE CHEERLEADER, SAVE THE WORLD”  Claire‟s inability to protect herself  Host of male saviors  Only male characters can fly  Problems with female characters (powers)  “Women are taught to fear violence and to understand themselves as victims in need of protection in ways men are not. To be a woman is to be constantly encouraged to understand one‟s physical self as endangered” (Stabile, 2009, p.89).
  12. 12. HOW TO STOP GENDER STEREOT YPES  Education and attitude shifts  Eliminate double standards  Evaluation of sexual norms
  13. 13. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS  1 .) Why do you think that gender stereotypes continue to be used in media even though there has been a number of advancements in gender equality?  2.) The quote at the end of the Lunceford article by Wendell Johnson is as follows, “When wisdom comes, as very occasionally it does, it reveals itself in the wry smile with which we admit that the tracks we follow are the tracks that we ourselves have made.” What do you think this quote illustrates in regards to gender stereotypes?

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