Analysis Of The Article The Wonder Woman Precedent : Female Heroism On Trial

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In the article “The Wonder Woman Precedent: Female (Super)Heroism on Trial”, Julie O’Reilly makes a clear argument that females have to constantly prove themselves worthy while men just get to choose to be heroes, no questions asked. In the article “Two Way a Woman Can Get Hurt: Advertising and Violence”, Jean Kilbourne argues that there is violence in our culture, particularly sexualized violence controlled by the media. With the help of Kilbourne’s article, it emphasizes clearly that women are seen as a joke while men are taken seriously and presume authority. In the first article, “The Wonder Woman Precedent: Female (Super)Heroism on Trial”, O’Reilly distinguishes between the ways male and female superheroes are being “put to the…show more content…
However, recently we’ve reached a “gender bender”, so now the roles have kind of switched (466). Although the ads of men and women are seen as funny, both are still being objectified. But there’s a big difference in the two being objectified, men are typically in no danger from this while women always are at risk. A Coke ad is a great example Kilbourne gave. In one, a man is seen shirtless while women are physically separated from him. He is seen as powerful, not passive. Kilbourne says, “he is the one in control”(467). Whereas in a different Coke ad, a shirtless woman is surrounded by a group of staring men. She doesn’t come off as powerful or in control at all. This actually comes off as creepy and frightening to many women. Our world has edged its way into a world of discrimination, leading to unequal power. But this power is forced upon us even as children. Kilbourne even states, “men are also encouraged to never take no as an answer”(462). Again this leading to the idea that if men’s and women’s roles were switched, it would be a completely different story. Together these two articles make a big point. Males claim dominance while women are seen as submissive. O’Reilly uses Superman to demonstrate them claiming to have dominance. Clark Kent chose one day that he just wants to become Superman; therefore, “he is Superman”(450). Females also get to choose when they want to become superheroes, but the only difference is they have to be put through
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