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Stereotypes In Self Control

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In “Self Control”, the fifteenth episode of the fourth season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the remaining top agents try to differentiate themselves from the LMDs (Life Model Decoys). Daisy Johnson, better known as Skye, is an inhuman (mutant human) that has shown throughout the series, and especially in this episode, that she does not follow the stereotype for women. The other main female in this episode, Jemma Simmons, resembles the stereotype for women more so than Skye, but she still shows signs of not completely following them. Phil Coulson does follow certain stereotypes of males, but like the others, shows ways that he denies it. Leo Fitz is the furthest from stereotypes out of all of the characters, and he also shows that it may…show more content…
Alphonso Mackenzie, better known as Mack, is the most stereotypical person in this episode, even though he is not usually so. All in all, this show has shown to the viewers that it is okay to not follow these stereotypes. The show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does not seem to hold to the standards of gender based stereotypes that other shows do; the women can be aggressive and masculine, while the men are more laid back and emotional.
The episode “Self Control” is quite a confusing one if you have not watched the series. An inventor named Holden Radcliffe has created the LMDs, which still have the conscience of the original people, but they are programmed to take over S.H.I.E.L.D. and kill all inhumans (except for Skye). At the beginning of the episode, Jemma and Leo both have figured out that there have been infiltrations into S.H.I.E.L.D., but they do not know who they are. They proceed not to tell anyone about their findings, because they do not want any of the people that are LMDs
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Phil is not a stereotypical man in a leader position. His appearance does not give you a sense of being secure. His body type is far from what you would see as a superhero. According to Charlotte Jirousek, most muscular men could not come close to this superhero image. These fitness types bare resemblance to Greek people, with sleek lines throughout the body and limited definition. Few men could be this body type, except for a few body builders and maybe some football players (Jirousek 235). His body type is very frail, especially for the amount of masculinity he has. Phil is probably one of the strongest characters in the entire series, but he never gives it off that he is. Phil also listens to the people surrounding him, which tears down the stereotype of men being stubborn. Phil also has a strong connection to his emotional self, showing many times throughout the episode that he was making decisions for May and himself, and not basing his decision on the analytics. He does have a penchant of making too many rash decisions. This enforces a stereotype on men that men tend to make decisions before they think about it. When males watch Phil Coulson and how he holds himself high, they will not feel as uncomfortable about what they look
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