Gender, violence, and militainment
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Gender, violence, and militainment book
Chapter 1 discusses the subversiveness of feminist characters such as Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel using violence that has much more often been the province of male characters, and the ways in which that subversiveness might be eased for those uncomfortable with seeing women use violence: by having them conform to an idealized cisgender whiteness, by increasing their similarities to male characters, by changing their origin stories to explain away their power, and by surrounding them with military aesthetics including settings, weaponry, and personnel. It then discusses the last in more depth, including the ways in which the film actors themselves contributed to alleviating discomfort with female violence. All of this contributes to the characters’ popularity and the films’ record-breaking financial success, as their simultaneous feminism and militarism invites multiple readings of the politics of the comics and films’ texts and paratexts.