Gender Stereotypes In Guardians Of The Galaxy And The Mighty Avengers

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Gender Stereotypes in Comics If you were to ask the average person about their opinion on comic books, surely they would respond that comics are a harmless form of entertainment for adolescents. After examining the depictions of both males and females in Guardians of the Galaxy and The Mighty Avengers, it is apparent that this is not the case. To truly understand how these gender stereotypes affect the adolescents who are subject to them, it is important to examine the gender stereotypes that comics portray, whether they are explicit or implicit, whether they have a positive or negative affect, and if there are any gender stereotypes presented in comics that are counter to the norm. First, it is essential to examine the gender stereotypes being presented to adolescents through comics. In Guardians of the Galaxy, both men and women are extremely sexualized, but the women’s sexualization is more blatant. For example, Aleta’s costume is made up of a skin tight black and yellow suit which has a neckline that extends to below her belly button and makes apparent how well endowed she is. She also has…show more content…
There were not many recognizable instances of this in Guardians of the Galaxy. The only portrayal that may fall into this category is that of Starhawk. He has some stereotypically feminine facial features such as high cheekbones and dark eyes, but they are overshadowed by his chiseled jawline and flared nostrils and, therefore, barely noticeable. The Avengers had a bit more when it comes to representations that challenge gender stereotypes, possibly because it is much more modern than Guardians. For example, a male superhero, Sentry, has long blond hair which is stereotypically a female characteristic. Also, as mentioned earlier, the women in Avengers are all extremely muscular which tends to be seen as more of a male

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