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DC’s New 52 and the Difference Between Sexualizing and Objectifying

Starfire from Red Hood and The Outlaws #1

If you haven’t already, go read¬†Laura Hudson’s amazing article: The Big Sexy Problem with Superheroines and Their ‘Liberated Sexuality’. It masterfully lays out point by point the manner in which Catwoman and Starfire are objectified in DC’s New 52.

Since it came out, the article has drummed up a bit of controversy and has received some diverse responses, including one from a 7 year-old female Teen Titans fan and one from Mr. Jim Shooter, author of the infamous rape of Ms. Marvel
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Why Wear a Mask?

Why does Phoenix Jones wear a mask?

You know what a real life superhero (RLSH) is, but why do they do it? What’s the point of a mask? According to Phoenix Jones there are several reasons.

1.) Protects Identity – This may seem ridiculous, but Phoenix claims it can actually be a real problem. He says that when he started patrolling sans suit, people started to recognize him as “that guy who breaks up fights.” Now with the anonymity granted to him by his mask, he can live a normal life when not on patrol.

2.) Physical Protection – This is another practical purpose as many RLSHs include protective gear as part of their suits. Phoenix’s uniform incorporates bulletproof material, as well as stab plates. Continue reading ‘Why Wear a Mask?’

Super Amigos: A Film Review and Discussion

The social wrestlers from Super Amigos from left to right: Ecologista Universal, Super Animal, Super Barrio, Super Gay, and Fray Tormenta (not pictured)

If you haven’t seen the 2007 film Super Amigos let me strongly recommend checking it out. It is a must see for anyone interested in the real life superhero movement. Continue reading ‘Super Amigos: A Film Review and Discussion’

The Problem with Definitions

Phoenix Jones patrols the streets of Seattle

The problem I face with crafting a workable definition of a real life superhero is that in order for the definition to be successful it must clearly identify and explain a very complex¬† movement of people in the most simplest of terms possible. This difficultly is only compounded by the fact that the movement’s own members still debate the nature of the movement.

Sure, the majority of the time identifying a real life superhero is very easy. If you see someone dressed as superhero while doing a good deed chances are they’re a real life superhero (RLSH). Take media darling, Phoenix Jones for example. This self-proclaimed RLSH patrols the streets of Seattle breaking up fights, harassing drug dealers, and stopping robberies all while dressed in a suit made from bulletproof material and stab plates. Continue reading ‘The Problem with Definitions’

Real Life Superheroes Defined

We all know what a superhero is but what is a real life superhero?

Welcome back, fair reader. When I last promised to explain what a real life superhero is, I didn’t quite realize the undertaking I had signed up for. As is often the case, any attempt to define a group of individuals (or dare I say subculture) is tricky at best. At worst it can be horribly offensive. That being said, here goes nothing.

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I Can Haz Acceptance Letter?

Dragon*Con is held September 2-5 in Atlanta, Georgia

Yep, I recently received my acceptance email to present at the 4th Annual Comics and Popular Arts Conference at this year’s Dragon*Con. Last year I was so impressed with a session called Comics, Gender, and the Body that for the rest of the convention all I could think about was submitting an abstract for next year’s conference. Continue reading ‘I Can Haz Acceptance Letter?’


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