X-Men: Marvel's Message for Equality Essay

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In the world of comics, two main publishers dominate: DC Comics and Marvel Comics. DC Comics promotes superheroes such as Batman, a vigilante who began fighting crime solely to avenge the untimely death of his parents. He possesses no unique superhuman ability, other than a substantial fortune inherited from his late parents. Yet, the public in the Batman comics still adore their hero. In contrast, Marvel Comics promotes superheroes such as the X-Men, a team of superheroes who possess the X-Gene, a DNA mutation that gives each member a different ability. Under the leadership of Professor X, this team fights to protect their world from evil. Despite the many accomplishments of the X-Men, society persecutes them. In fact, when the X-Men …show more content…
Thus, human rights promote equality, free of discrimination or exclusion. Similar to the second characteristic, Wasserstrom's third characteristic of human rights states, "[Human rights] constitute the strongest of all moral claims that men can assert" (Wasserstrom 632). These rights not only promote strong ethics but also makes them a responsibility of all those who possess them. Throughout the series, Professor X and his team of X-Men symbolize Wasserstrom's characteristics of human rights. Of course, critics will argue mutants do not represent human rights, claiming mutants are not humans. This would contradict Wasserstrom's first qualification of such rights. However, Professor X refutes this argument, explaining, "Mutation . . . is the key to our evolution. It has enabled us to evolve from a single-celled organism to the dominant species on the planet. This process is slow . . . but every few hundred millennia evolution leaps forward" (Irwin 280). The X-Gene, or X-Men mutation, simply represents another form of human evolution. In fact, many people have mutated DNA. Consider those who are color blind: their DNA has changed in such a way that the person cannot distinguish colors. Nevertheless, those who are colorblind still have their undeniable rights as a human. So why should mutants be segregated from humans solely because of a change in their DNA? And this change is the only aspect that separates mutants from

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