Portrayal Of Women 's Film : A Recent Post On Vanity Fair And The Presence Of Wonder Woman
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Portrayal of Women in Comics
A recent post on Vanity Fair with title “Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn; the Most Divisive
Character in Comic book History” and the presence of wonder woman in the movie batman versus superman in 2016, have indirectly shown that there is a surge in the demand for more female superheroes. These female superheroes are so distinguished by some characteristics which are peculiar to them. These projected characteristics include but not restricted to; Freedom, dominance and loudness. These characteristics undeniably express the idea of feminism (Erikson & Eric 1968).
Unfortunately, the world has been grappling with the issues of stereotypes and negativity in the comic industry, with females landing roles like secretary, nurse and wife. As Maya Angelou; an African-American poet rightly put, “how important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes”. This is an important and salient point in the society. Nevertheless, it has always been neglected due to low consciousness from the male folks and an uncomfortable docility from the female folks (Mustafa, 2015).
According to Betty Friedan, in her book “The Feminine Mystique” (1960), she suggests that all women wanted were to be happy homemakers. This means that women have always been represented as being indecisive, superficial and only engaged in domestic roles in family and society. Interestingly but unfortunately enough, these ideologies have permeated different areas in our lives.