Gender Identity In X-Men

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One of the most well-known superhero team is Marvel’s X-Men. Anyone who is familiar with the X-Men knows the mutants struggle to be accepted in society. Mutants have a genetic mutation that gives them superhuman powers and abilities. People see the superhuman abilities the mutants possess as a treat to the society around them. The widespread fear of the mutants created a political stance against the mutants. The government heavily promotes individual people to judge and exclude the mutants. In X-Men: Days of Future Past, the seventh movie of the X-Men film series, the negative actions the government takes against the mutants affected how the mutants view their mutant identity and their acceptance in society. The X-Men show it is wrong to discrimination…show more content…
Jean Grey, being the very first female member of the X-Men, she holds back who she is until Strom becomes a member of the X-Men. She finds companionship with Storm, as they are the only two female members of the X-Men in the 1970s. Jean Grey’s immediate bond with Storm helps her grow her own distinct identity. Zingsheim states Jean Grey sacrifices herself to save the X-Men causes her to “become the Phoenix as she rises from an assumed death” (Zingsheim). Jean Grey broke away from being shy and submissive to become the strongest mutant in the world. Becoming Phoenix represented a strong feminine empowerment. Women do not need to be restrained by men, but should be treated equally amongst…show more content…
They do not agree with society’s ideal gender constructs. Storm is constantly challenging the constructs of the feminine gender, hinting towards feminine and gay equalities. She would always have a “willful remembering of her mutant kinship in a moment of fear and isolation” (Fawaz). Despite being a strong and independent woman, Storm’s identity as a mutant would always her coming back to the X-Men in times of need. The same goes with Jean Grey when she gains her immense and unstable powers to become Phoenix. Even though she is hesitant to go to the X-Men in times of need, they are there for her. The strong feminism of Storm and Phoenix gives them a unique relationship with the rest of the X-Men. The X-Men treats both Storm and Phoenix as equal to the other members, despite not being the person the other members want them to
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