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Introduction: Representation Matters

Carolyn Cocca

Carolyn Cocca is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Economics, and Law at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, USA. She is the author of Jailbait: The Politics of Statutory Rape Laws in the United States, and various articles and book chapters about gender and superheroes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Superwomen : Gender, Power, and Representation

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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... with ensemble casts from 1993 to 2013, females were less than one-quarter of the characters and drawn in about one-quarter of the panels (Cocca 2014a: 6). Black, Latina, and Asian female superheroes, even more underrepresented, have often been...

“Somebody Has To Save Our Skins!”: Padmé Amidala, Leia Organa, and Jaina Solo in Star Wars

Carolyn Cocca

Carolyn Cocca is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Economics, and Law at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, USA. She is the author of Jailbait: The Politics of Statutory Rape Laws in the United States, and various articles and book chapters about gender and superheroes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Superwomen : Gender, Power, and Representation

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars: A New Hope, written and directed by George Lucas, 1977.To an extent unparalleled by any other characters and stories in this book, Star Wars is an exceedingly well-known, beloved, and lucrative global...

“Part of Something Bigger”: Captain Marvel(s) and Ms. Marvel(s)

Carolyn Cocca

Carolyn Cocca is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Economics, and Law at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, USA. She is the author of Jailbait: The Politics of Statutory Rape Laws in the United States, and various articles and book chapters about gender and superheroes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Superwomen : Gender, Power, and Representation

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...This phrase repeats at least three times in Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel stories. It is in editor Steve Wacker’s letter in the back of Captain Marvel #1. It is stated by Spider-Woman Jessica Drew to Captain Marvel in Avengers Enemy Within...

“Slayers. Every One of Us”: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Carolyn Cocca

Carolyn Cocca is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Economics, and Law at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, USA. She is the author of Jailbait: The Politics of Statutory Rape Laws in the United States, and various articles and book chapters about gender and superheroes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Superwomen : Gender, Power, and Representation

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Buffy says this to a host of “potential” slayers, about girls all over the world (Joss Whedon 2003, “Chosen,” [S07E22]). Portions of this chapter appeared in Cocca 2003, 2014b. Reprinted with permission.Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s creator...

X-Women

Carolyn Cocca

Carolyn Cocca is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Economics, and Law at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, USA. She is the author of Jailbait: The Politics of Statutory Rape Laws in the United States, and various articles and book chapters about gender and superheroes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Superwomen : Gender, Power, and Representation

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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... and Diogenes Neves (p) 2009, X-Men: Worlds Apart #4). Portions of this chapter appeared in Cocca 2016. Reprinted with permission.Created “No Such Things as Limits”: The by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, X-Men #1 and its team of teenage “mutants”...

“The Sexier the Outfit, the Fewer Questions Asked”: Wonder Woman

Carolyn Cocca

Carolyn Cocca is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Economics, and Law at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, USA. She is the author of Jailbait: The Politics of Statutory Rape Laws in the United States, and various articles and book chapters about gender and superheroes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Superwomen : Gender, Power, and Representation

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Gail Simone (w) and Aaron Lopresti (p), Wonder Woman [hereafter, WW] Vol. 3 #34 (2009). Portions of this chapter appeared in Cocca 2013, 2014b. Reprinted with permission.Wonder Woman tends to be the first female superhero people think of,...

“When You Go Out At Night, You Won’t Be Alone”: Batgirl(s) and Birds of Prey

Carolyn Cocca

Carolyn Cocca is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Economics, and Law at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, USA. She is the author of Jailbait: The Politics of Statutory Rape Laws in the United States, and various articles and book chapters about gender and superheroes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Superwomen : Gender, Power, and Representation

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Brian Q. Miller (w), Lee Garbett (p), and Trevor Scott (p) 2009, Batgirl Vol. 3 #3. Portions of this chapter appeared in Cocca 2014d.Debuting in 1967 as Batgirl, the character of Barbara Gordon originated as a brilliant librarian by day...

Conclusion: Gender, Power, and Representation

Carolyn Cocca

Carolyn Cocca is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Economics, and Law at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, USA. She is the author of Jailbait: The Politics of Statutory Rape Laws in the United States, and various articles and book chapters about gender and superheroes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Superwomen : Gender, Power, and Representation

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, X-Women, Princess Leia, Batgirl, and Wonder Woman of the 2010s have commonalities with all of their previous incarnations. They are mostly white, able-bodied, and heterosexual. They are conventionally...