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Toxic MasculinityMapping the Monstrous in Our Heroes$
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Esther De Dauw and Daniel J. Connell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496828934

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496828934.001.0001

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The Monstrous in Batwoman

The Monstrous in Batwoman

Military Masculinity and Domestic Spaces

(p.71) The Monstrous in Batwoman
Toxic Masculinity

Esther De Dauw

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the demonization of powerful women in superhero narratives. It considers how military masculinity is infused with toxic masculinity, impacting Batwoman’s childhood, subsequent military career, and lesbian identity. It discusses how Batwoman is consistently doubled and cast as the Other. Surrounded by Gothic monsters and haunted by her own Otherness, this chapter investigates if the lesbian superhero can sustain superheroism or if she is doomed to failure. It discusses to what degree superhero narratives tend to align military masculinity with superhero masculinity, which draws a line between the heroic combatant and the feminine.

Keywords:   Batwoman, Military Masculinity, Comic Books, Gothic Monsters, Lesbian Characters

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