The Role Of Gender Stereotypes In Comic Books

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According the University of Alabama: School of Medicine, approximately 65 percent of the general population are visual learners. It is clear that the current generation has a greater interest in looking at images rather than reading some form of text. Looking at images allows the audience to comprehend what the underlying meaning of it is in a faster way. In recent years, there has been a spike in sales of comic books due to the vast amount of superhero films and television series being produced. Although some readers may not realize, many comic books and graphic novels “address many of the same issues and concerns found in more traditional types of literature” (Butcher and Manning 67). In an age where images allow students to comprehend what …show more content…
However, comic books have revealed the true nature of how different minority groups are portrayed in America. It is evident that there is discrimination in the American society due to one’s skin tone, religion, and/or gender. These topics should be discussed within the classroom so students can be aware of what America really stands for. Even in Gretchen Schwarz’s article “Media Literacy, Graphic Novels and Social Issues,” he states that “graphic novels can embrace the difficult social and political issues that students should be considering, but that are too controversial or current for textbooks” (6). Going back to discrimination, in “Who Gets To Be a Superhero? Race and Identity,” Demby points out that X-Men’s central premise is about “a minority of super powered humans called ‘mutants’ are discriminated against by their government and fellow citizens” (1). These “mutants” represent the minorities of the American population and are portrayed as the villain and threat. They are an image that many Americans have created against people of different backgrounds so it would be easier to discriminate against. In order to solve a problem, one needs to realize that there is one. By introducing topics such as racism in a subtle way, students can soon realize that this reoccurring issue is a major social issue and perhaps be the generation that ends

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