Images of Superheroes
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This picture was found on the site shown below, in an article stating that "we need more female superheroes" (Rich, 1).
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-Posted by Erin Borchardt

To begin, this image of a female superhero targets the depiction that society may have of women. As superheroes, viewers are likely to see the pictures of these women that reveal them as strong, powerful individuals. However, according to the assigned text, even as the female superheroes are presented as powerful and strong, they are also objects of desire, with alluring costumes (Merlo et al., 41). For example, the image shown above reveals a superhero in action, standing in the light of fire; but, she is dressed in a tight costume with sexy, black boots. Realistically, a woman who wants to save the world is not going to be able to do so as quickly if she is running in black, high-heel boots. This picture actually supports the societal view of women as sex objects. Although pictures of female superheroes tend to show individuals that women can be seen as powerful, a large portion of these images also depict women as sexy and gorgeous. Therefore, societal views of women as sex objects remain.
-Posted by Erin Borchardt

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Bloodstorm by BeccathePromoMami.
Bloodstorm by BeccathePromoMami.

The picture is one of "Bloodstorm" (Flikr, 1).
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Similarly, this image of Bloodstorm is giving off the sexy, irresistable vibe to anyone who sees this image. This picture shows a superhero with the entire city below her, revealing a sense of power that the woman has. Perhaps, the power given off by these images of women as superheroes is due to their desire of equality with men. The picture shown above is a perfect example of women seeking power. According to Freda Adler's hypothesis of the liberation theory, women have basically the same characteristics as men and, by nature, are no more law-abiding than men. Adler predicted that once women achieved equality, they would engage in the same kinds of crime (Merlo et al., 196). Of course, superheroes are typically depicted as "good" rather than "bad" individuals. However, this theory relates to the images of superheroes in that women are constantly seeking power and equality.
-Erin Borchardt

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Bloodstorm by BeccathePromoMami.
Bloodstorm by BeccathePromoMami.

Another picture of Bloodstorm, who was turned into a vampire by Dracula (Comic Vine, 1).
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Next, the picture shown above of Bloodstorm is one revealing that she was turned into a vampire by Dracula. Clearly then, the image wants to portray a sense of evil that women carry. Similarly, the labeling theory proposes that individuals who are labeled as criminals by those in power or significant others in a society will then behave in a manner consistent with the label given (Merlo et al., 196). Although Bloodstorm, like many female superheroes, is not a criminal, she is exerting evil power that was bestowed upon her by Dracula. Therefore, she behaves in the manner consistent with the label given. Dracula is in power and chooses to put the evil label on Bloodstorm. Similar to this image, women in society may be labeled and may choose to behave in relation to the given label.
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Catwoman by paddyboyrice.
Catwoman by paddyboyrice.

As shown here, Catwoman is a superhero who is depicted as a sexy, strong female who is ready to take control.
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Likewise, Catwoman is no exception to the societal view that female superheroes are sexy and powerful. The whip in this picture reveals that she is in control. Furthermore, the image shows a set of lips on the left of Catwoman, with the signature, "Love, Catwoman." Catwoman also has a smile on her face. According to Otto Pollock, women are socialized to deceive and conceal emotions, physical changes and processes, and aggression; women use their sexuality for ulterior purposes (Farkas, 2). This image is an excellent example of a woman using her sexuality for hidden purposes. The lips symbolize Catwoman's flirtacious personality, while the whip is showing that she plans to take control and remain powerful. With Pollock's chivalry hypothesis, the chivalry of men result in more lenient treatment from the criminal justice system. Perhaps, images such as the one shown above give women the idea that using one's sexuality will result in easier, more passive treatment from the criminal justice system.
-Posted by Erin Borchardt

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Storm by BeccathePromoMami.
Storm by BeccathePromoMami.

Although female superheroes may seem to be uncommon, this picture of the superhero, Storm, portrays her as an extremely powerful individual.
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In relation to the other featured images of female superheroes, the picture of Storm reveals such strength and masculinity. Class notes and readings interpret Cesare Lombroso's theory that criminals are biologically abnormal. He believed that criminal women were more masculine than women and were even worse than criminal men because women, in general, were less evolved than men (Merlo et al., 194). This image of Storm shows that she has power over much of the world. She is extremely masculine in shape, and she has the ability to control. Therefore, women who become criminal may be more masculine, according to Lombroso, so that they are able to control and dominate. Women who are more masculine may deceive their own power and use it through criminality because they are intimidating. Images such as this may lead women to believe that it is acceptable to use their strong, dominating power in order to get anything they want, or control anyone they want, even if that means becoming a criminal to do so.
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Storm is one of the main members of The X-Men. She has the power to control the weather and can use it to get out of tough situations. She has the ability to lightening-strike opponents, clear fog, and make tornadoes hit direct targets (Comic Vine, 1).
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Similar to the previous picture, this image of Storm shows that she will use any means to take down opponents. Since she has the power to control, she is willing to use violence in order to dominate. In fact, this behavior actually opposes the learning theory. For example, according to the learning theory, women are less likely to behave criminally because the socialization process for women in this country encourages them to be social, collective, conforming, and nonaggressive (Merlo et al., 195). On the contrast, this image reveals that violence and distruction is acceptable in order to beat opponents.
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Jet by BeccathePromoMami.
Jet by BeccathePromoMami.

Jet is Jamaican and has the ability to fly, create blasts of heat and force, and generate electromagnetic pulse. She can also move and manipulate metal with magnetic fields, fire blasts of electricity, and see in other frequencies of the spectrum besides visible light, such as ultraviolet and infared. She first appeared in DC Millenium #2 in 1988 (Comic Vine, 1).
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This image is one that reveals a masculine superhero as well. However, her abilities are not extremely violent, and the powers that she has are mainly used to benefit herself without hurting others. In the image shown above, Jet is nearly being attacked by a greater force. Instead of using violence, the image actually shows her ignoring the violent opponent and using her power to escape. This image actually favors the learning theory in that it portrays Jet as a superhero who is, in fact, willing to be nonaggressive and nonviolent, as women should be.
-Posted by Erin Borchardt

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Shard exists as a mutant 50 years into an alternate future, where the X-Men have disbanded and been destroyed due to a betrayal by one of their own. Shard first appeared in The Uncanny X-Men in 1996. Shard has the power to shoot energy beams out of her palms (Comic Vine, 1).
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The image of Shard shows such fierce and power. The image actually gives an intimidating vibe by such a strong, fearless individual. In the image, Shard holds a gun, revealing that she is willing to use any means necessary to face opponents. Images like this allow women to think that self-defense is okay. Of course, violence may require self-defense in many cases. For example, women use self-defense in a large portion of domestic violence cases. Jones (1980) reports that 40 percent of the women who murder are acting in self-defense. Obviously, self-defense may be required. However, images like the one shown give women the idea that self-defense is a necessary action all the time. Women may feel that they need to carry around weapons because they feel inferior to men. In relation to Sigmund Freud's theory that women may feel anatomically inferior to men, this image shows possible reactions of women feeling this way. Women may be impulsive due to this feeling of inferiority (Farkas, 2). They may use the excuses that they constantly feel unsafe, therefore they need to carry harmful, dangerous weapons. Although men tend to be physically stronger than women, women should not be able to protect themselves through more harmful ways just for this reason. Of course, there are times when women must use self-defense; however, this image allows women to think that because men may be stronger, women are permitted to carry or use any weapon or device necessary in order to feel equal. Other measures should be taken in order to feel equal to men.
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This is another photo of Shard. Just by looking at this picture, it appears as if Shard's advice is being ignored by another superhero or individual. This image shows that even the advice of the most powerful women may be ignored because women may seem inferior to others.
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This particular image includes dialogue with another individual. In the previous picture of Shard, she was holding a gun, which portrayed her desire for control, perhaps due to the feeling of inferiority. In relation, this image includes imperative dialogue to the quiery that Shard may, in fact, feel inferior to others. Actually, Shard is acknowledging another individual's seniority in the image. She tried to offer her opinion, only to immediately get her thoughts overriden by someone feeling superior to her. Images like this may give women a sense of anger that a female superhero is being spoken to in such a way. Although nobody can tell if the person she is talking to is a male or female, the image is allowing viewers to see that a woman is being portrayed as an inferior individual. The feeling of inferiority that women in society may have could eventually lead to such drastic action, such as crime. According to the assigned text, data shows that when the offender is female, the victim is most often a male (Merlo et al., 232). A contributing factor to such findings may be the anger and frustration that women carry because they feel inferior to men. Cesare Lombroso once turned his attention to women, and they were described in contrast to males, as the antithesis of everything masculine. Women in the criminal justice system bear the burden of these images that were created by males and have been sustained, perpetuated, and elaborated on over the centuries (33). Over time, women have been depicted as powerless compared to men, and this image shows an example of a woman's inferiority in a particular situation.
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Silhouette first appeared in New Warriors in 1990. She has the power to become a shadow and teleport. Silhouette is also very proficient in martial arts and has superhuman strength, speed, agility, and heightened sense (Comic Vine, 1).
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The image of this superhero shows very masculine features, but also supports Otto Pollock's theory that females may use their sexuality for ulterior purposes. Silhouette's powers are extremely unique; she is able to become a shadow and teleport and is experienced in martial arts. Although martial arts can become a violent activity, her other powers can be used nonviolently. However, the reason for her tight, sexy uniform is unknown. Therefore, the image seems to convey the idea that sexuality and beauty can be used as an enhancer of power. In addition to her superhuman powers, Silhouette can deceive others with her looks and seduction. Women in society often feel that they can do the same. For example, jokes are made all the time that "any woman can get out of a speeding ticket if they try". In reality, there should be no reason for this presumption. Perhaps, society perceives women as seductive and charming, which would lead to the assumption that women can get out of their tickets. However, the criminal justice system should be treating everyone the same when enforcing laws. The image above reveals that women do, in fact, use their charm in order to deceive or mislead others in order to maintain power.
-Posted by Erin Borchardt

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This picture of Silhouette shows her as having many masculine features. Not only is she powerful with speed and agility; she also has extremely defined muscles, which makes her appear very masculine.
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Similarly, this image of Silhouette shows the masculine features as well. This image just reinforces the societal view that women strive for power. They strive for equality. Perhaps, women choose to become physically stronger because over time, images of women being powerless and useless have developed. Women are motivated to rise above their inequality in order to become just as powerful as men. This image does not enforce the use of violence; some women in society may not even need to resort to violence to be powerful. Perhaps, physical strength alone may allow a woman to feel less inferior to a man.
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Threnody is a mutant that first appeared in The X-Men comics in 1993. She was rescued from a life of homelessness and taught to use power through draining energy from people and animals that were on the brink of death. She can also sense when someone is severely sick or dying. This power also allows her to save herself from death. However, she often unwittingly creates zombies that are attracted to her presence. Also, Threnody had metal plates put permanently onto her face to control her powers (Comic Vine, 1)
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If anyone saw the image shown above, he/she would easily be able to point out a distinguishing difference between this particular picture of a superhero versus a "typical" image of a female superhero: this superhero seems sloppy and worn-out. Her appearance is extremely different from that of other superheroes. Threnody wears an outfit that appears tattered and torn. Clearly, the explanation that she was rescued from a life of homelessness seems accurate. This image may actually empower women, especially those living in a lower-class status. Women are constantly striving to be equal. This image basically shows women that if a person who had once hit "rock bottom" can succeed and become a hero, anybody can. According to the cultural deviance theory, those who resided in a subculture- a neighborhood or area rife with crime- were subject to receiving deviant morals transmitted via gang and group activities outside of the home (Merlo et al., 195). Again, not all superheroes are violent; and, more people probably look up to superheroes than not. So clearly, superheroes differ from criminals. However, the cultural deviance theory can be applied within this image because given Threnody's somewhat pitiable appearance, a viewer could assume that she did not necessarily live a glorious life before becoming a superhero. Perhaps, this image leads individuals to believe that Threnody has learned powerful abilities from the environment she came from. Although the cultural deviance theory was previously only applicable to men, this image really portrays the possibility of such behaviors from women as well. The deeper meaning of the image shows that coming from tough backgrounds and subcultures can produce deviance.
-Posted by Erin Borchardt

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Wildstreak is a superhero who appeared in the Fantastic Four comics in 1993. She was not born with any superpowers. She was a gymnast who suffered a severe injury, lost the use of her legs, and then had an exoskeleton built for her that made her stronger, faster, and even more agile than she had ever been. She began being a vigilante to seek revenge against the mob boss responsible for her accident (Comic Vine, 1).
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This image shows a similar appearance to previous images of female superheroes. Wildstreak appears to be invincible. She is strong and powerful, allowing no harm to get in her way. She shows a masculine appearance, which could possibly reveal that she wants to be seen as an equal to men. Furthermore, Wildstreak looks angry and vengeful. The image can relate to the liberation theory. Freda Adler suggested that liberation would finally free women; she argued that women have basically the same characteristics as men and, by nature, are no more law-abiding than men. Adler predicted that once women achieved equality, they would engage in the same kinds of crime (Merlo et al., 196). Evidently, this superhero is seeking revenge with her power. Although she may not be committing crime, this image is similar to the liberation theory because Wildstreak is using her strength and abilities while attempting to become equal to men. She is seeking revenge in order to "get even"; therefore, her feeling of equality with men is encouraging her to use these powers to show her strengths.
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The Crimson Avenger, who is picture above, carries guns that are used to track those who kill innocents. The Crimson Avenger has an ever-bleeding bullet hole in the center of her chest. The guns don't need ammunition; therefore, they never run out of ammunition and have no triggers - they are fired psychically by The Crimson Avenger. Until her time as the avenger is up, she will be immortal, at which time she will immediately die from her wound (Comic Vine, 1).
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This image shows a clear representation of a woman who cannot be defeated. She is relentless and fierce. The image reveals such a huge sense of power that this superhero carries. The image sends a message that this particular woman cannot be touched or harmed in any way. She has two guns, revealing that she is willing to be violent. As previously stated, the guns provide the assumption that women often use self-defense that may result in crime. On one hand, this image shows an invincible woman who is extremely strong; on the other hand, the image may make someone wonder why she needs so much ammunition in order to be powerful. The image could be showing individuals that women need protection in order to be powerful. According to the assigned text, women's prisons have become places for people who have no standing in the conventional world (Merlo et al., 267). Therefore, women are not feeling protected even by the criminal justice system. Often times, women feel they must put matters into their own hands because they feel that they are not being supported by the system. This image sends an extremely powerful message that women are continually striving for control and power.
-Erin Borchardt

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Doctor Mid-Nite is a superhero who is a medical doctor and suffers near blindness in daylight but can see very well in the dark. Doctor Mid-Nite can also throw 'dark bombs' to blind her opponents (Comic Vine, 1).

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-Erin Borchardt

In the image shown above, Dr. Mid-Nite appears to be extremely masculine. She holds no violent weapons and does not seem to be using her sexuality for ulterior purposes. Dr. Mid-Nite's image relates to Cesare Lombroso's theory that female criminals appear masculine; criminal women were believed to be more masculine than women and were even worse than criminal men because women, in general, were less evolved than men (Merlo et al., 194). This image may keep women believing this theory. As with most of the images of female superheroes, this image shows that a woman wants to feel in control and powerful. A pattern exists amongst most of the pictures of these female superheroes: their masculinity is evident. The major description of this particular image is just that: masculine. No violence even needs to be shown in order to depict this image as revealing a powerful, strong woman. Women in society constantly see images like this one, and mixed messages are conveyed. For example, women see these images and believe they, too, can be powerful. However, women also see these images and believe that they are continually yearning for the ability to be equal and to be seen as equal. At times, women turn to crime in order to be seen as an equal to men. They turn to crime in order to prove that they are not weak or brittle; they want to be seen as strong, independent individuals through society and through the criminal justice system.
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16. Wonder Woman
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Wonder Woman is a member of a fictional, all-female tribe of Amazons who was created by Marston as a "distinctly feminist role model whose mission was to bring the Amazon ideals of love, peace, and sexual equality to 'a world torn by the hatred of men.'" Her powers include super strength, super speed and stamina, and flight. She is highly proficient in hand-to-hand combat and in the art of tactical warfare. She also possesses an animal-like cunning and a natural rapport with animals.
Wonder Woman can be seen like something Cesare Lombroso would depict. She has masculine qualities, but in the same way is still looked at like a female. When I view Wonder Woman, I think of her as a non-attractive female. By creating her in this light, I think it makes female believe they need to portray masculine qualities to be taken more serious and be seen as doing something equal to a male.

17. Sailor Moon
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Japanese pop also exhibits a strong element of feminism. Many women have successfully written and directed their own shows and comics, and they are figured as heroes in much of the pop literature. Sailor Moon, for example, features females as superheroes. They are fighting, warrior-like, yet definitely feminine, full of romantic notions and filled ideas about fashion and appearance. The emphasis on both male and female characteristics makes this particular show appealing to both genders. In fact, most genres in Japan try to capture audiences of varied age groups. (
www.habitsofwaste.wwu.edu/.../3/iss3art3c.shtml)
Sailor Moon has the hidden identity, something similar to Otto Pollock's theory of masked nature of crime. She is able to live her normal life as a high school and then when needed snaps into action to fight crime. Her identity is hidden. This gives girls the notion that they should hide or shield any "masculine" characteristics they may have.


18. Power Ranger
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Kimberly was one of the five Rangers originally chosen by Zordon to protect the Earth against Rita Repulsa. She was given the Pterodactyl Power Coin and ability to morph into the Pink Ranger. Once ditzy and materialistic, Kimberly has evolved into a strong, confident, and caring person. A kind and compassionate soul, Kim cares a great deal about her friends, and will not take kindly to anyone messing with them.
Kim is seen as this ditzy and materialistic girl, however, Power Rangers have helped her to evolve into something better. This gives girls hope that they can be something better, but it also shows that being ditzy and materialist are not good characteristics. It is a lose, lose situation. On one hand you are being praised for taking the intiative to be masculine and fight crime, but are also being pushed down because you can not be who you trully are.


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Trini is a quiet, spiritual, and honorable person. She believes in a fair fight, and has practiced the Mantis style of Kung Fu. Although quiet and reserved, Trini is very strong willed and courageous.
Trini is probably one of the better superheros to follow. She is herself and is still able to portray the masculine style of life with little contradictions.


19. Bat Girl and Super Girl
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Depicted as the niece of Batwoman, Bat-Girl had developed a crush on Robin after arriving in Gotham City and decided to fashion her own superhero persona based on Robin's costume. Her appearance in comic books primarily displayed her character attempting to develop a romantic relationship with Robin, despite his embarrassment or lack of interest. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batgirl#Character_attributes)
We see here that Batgirl is depicted as a young girl who is only fighting crime to get closer to a boy. She has the ability to use these "masculine" powers but instead is only using them to get closer to a boy. Because of her girly crush she is showing off. This makes girls think they should use these skills to get boys attention and not for good. Batgirl has the major components that Sigmund Freud portray: psychologically immature-emotional, selfish, impulsive, as well as the the internal conflict of need and want.

20. Power Puff Girls
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The Powerpuff Girls revolves around the adventures of Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, three little girls who gained superpowers when they were accidentally created with chemical X. The plot of a typical episode is some humorous variation of standard superhero and tokusatsu fare, with the girls using their powers to defend their town from villains and giant monsters. In addition, the girls also have to deal with normal issues young children face, such as bed wetting or dependence on a security blanket. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Powerpuff_Girls)

The PowerPuff Girls allows a young girl to blossom into her true self and fight crime the way she trully would as well as deal with the normal issues of life. These girls do have some crazy issues, but they can be seen as more realistic and better role model for young girls to look up to. These girls show the charcteristics of W.I. Thomas anabolic and katabolic ways. They have their girly anabolic side and their crime fighting katabolic side, that also appears in play with one another.


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This is a female superman version, portraying her as both sexual and powerful at the same time.
This image shows a very sexual image of super women, and is giving women the idea that only beautiful and sexy women are able to be powerful and stand for themselves. However on a different note, the superman character is typically portrayed by a male figure and having this image represent superman as a women, shows that just like men, women too can be powerful and stand for something. Taking a look at superwomens arms, it shows lots of muscle definition and some very masculine features. When women are portrayed as masculine, they typically tend to commit more crime according to merlo. So depending on how this image is interpreted it could have positive or negative affects on women.

22. ROGUE
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This image of Rogue from X-men, shows rogue as a very dark and sexual creature. It emphasizes her sexuality, with tight clothing and revealing skin tight uniform. It also shows rogue with lots of dark and ominous colors, giving the sense that she is evil or has an evil side to her. Thus implying that women can be and are evil beings. In a way this image is telling people it is ok to commit crime, and have a secret dark side. With out displaying any violence or anything of the sort, the image gives the feeling of Rogue as a very violent person, and almost encouraging women to be the same. No sex or violence is needed within this picture to portray a violent and sexual nature.
23. Kim Possible

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Kim Possible, a teenage disney super hero. She has a slightly less sexual and less violent appearance than the majority of female super heroes.
Kim possible is a super hero created by the disney channel. She is slightly less sexual and promiscuous, than the majority of the female super heroes. She still has a sexual side though, with her tight fitting and high cut shirt. However she does not have the typical masculine features such as large muscle definititions and a violent image. Kim is more of a peaceful super hero and doesnt seem to resort to violence often. Instead of holding a weapon in her hand, she has some sort of a gadget that could end a violent situation peacefully. Kim is also very skinny and good looking, which could be telling women that being average or slightly overweight is not ok. Especially with the younger demographic that the disney channel reaches out to, this could potentially be damaging for girls and women in the long run. However in the grand scheme of things, Kim Possible is a relatively good image for the female super hero.