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Super Hero Girls – Right or Wrong?

super hero girls

Super Hero Girls – Right or Wrong?

For those of us who have long complained that the world of super heroes is way too centered on the guys, DC Comics thinks they have the answer. They recently announced collaboration between the comic book company that brought you Superman with Warner Brothers Entertainment and toy giant Mattel to create a line called Super Hero Girls. The companies would produce TV shows, videos, action figures, clothes and dolls based on the characters. But is Super Hero Girls what girls want and need?

Discovering Super Hero Girls in Ourselves

For many long time fans of the super hero genre, there has been an obvious need for girls and women to be better represented in what is primarily a male-centric industry. But this plan to present the teenage stories of many of the more popular characters including Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Harley Quinn has its detractors too. Some are saying that a better solution would be a closer integration of both girl and boy characters and toys to appeal to the preteen audience. But we know from long time studies that when children play with action figures (today’s dolls for many kids) they are acting out their own stories. This may be why girls play with Barbies and boys play with G.I. Joes. So can these new stories give young girls an outlet to see themselves in the hero role instead of the victim?

Empowering Toys

In the long run it remains to be seen if creating a line of Super Hero Girls will lead to empowering young girls. Does the gender identification of the toy create yet more distance between the sexes? Or does it lead to young girls identifying themselves as someone capable of being a hero? DC is betting on the later and let’s hope they are right. A world where girls grow up with powerful role models and see themselves as being strong independent beings is certainly a world worth striving to create.

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