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Does Superman Reinforce the Patriarchy?!

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Now, I know at first you’re going to want to say, “Of course!” Superman, after all, is Super-man. He’s the Last Son of Krypton. He beats other dudes up to save the world so that people like Lois Lane can go about their business.

And here is where things get interesting, because Lois Lane’s business is reporting, and she is the most amazing reporter in the history of newspapers. How good is Lois Lane? Lois Lane is so good that while she consistently vies with Clark Kent for the position of Top Newsroom Dog, she is generally considered to be the better of the two.

THINK ABOUT THAT.

Lois Lane is able to out-scoop a guy that has super-hearing, X-ray vision, telescope vision, the ability to fly, and super speed? How is she getting the information faster than that?

Not to mention that Clark Kent as Superman can cover the news excellently just by covering himself:

CLARK KENT INTERVIEWS SUPERMAN IN THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

What He Doesn’t Want You to Know!

So, that’s my question, do you think Superman reinforces the patriarchy, or subtly undermines it?

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Written by Greg Karber

June 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Posted in Ramble

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