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Brown, Jeffrey A. "Supermoms? Maternity and the monstrous-feminine in superhero comics." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 2 (2011), S. 77–87. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/21504857.2011.576885
BibTeX citation key: Brown2011
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Categories: General
Keywords: Gender, Körper, Superheld
Creators: Brown
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Mainstream superhero comics rely on idealized images of male and female characters that depict physical and sexual perfection. Due to these themes of idealization the portrayal of pregnant and maternal superheroines is rooted in conceptions of the female body as abject or monstrously feminine. The pregnant body is derided for its inability to respect borders, an issue that is critical to the superhero genre. Consequently motherhood is characterized as an untenable position for superheroines, while paternity is valorized as a means to accepting patriarchal ideas of law and order.
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