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Sexist superheroes shock


Saving the world is not enough.

Superheroes are poor role models says a Professor of Mental Health at The University of Massachusetts – speaking at an American Psychological Association symposium on masculinity and boyhood.

Sharon Lamb says people can look up to Superman and Spiderman as “real people with real problems“,  whereas Iron Man and Batman, who originally fought criminals, are now portrayed as; “sexist, aggressive sociopaths gorging on non-stop violence”.

She says that they don’t teach boys about love as that seems to be the superheroes only weakness. The alternative seems to be a slacker lifestyle and neither provide good role models for boys.

Batman was always my favourite but thinking about that “dark knight” stuff maybe she has a point. Now what about Wonder Woman?


Author: mikethepsych

He says he's a psychologist but aren't we all?

2 thoughts on “Sexist superheroes shock

  1. “sexist, aggressive sociopaths gorging on non-stop violence”.

    For a moment I thought you were talking about a woman who I went out with some years ago………….the term “man eater” doesnt even come close to describing her.