Monday, December 11, 2017
Dial H for Heroine 21
The actual reason why John is mostly becoming white superheroes is simple: superheroes in comics, movies, and television, as well as the cosplayers who dress up as them, are mostly white, which means I mostly have images of white people to draw from. I wanted to find a way to address that disparity in-universe, though, and this seems like the obvious in-universe reason why John's mom, an African-American woman, had a device that transformed her primarily into white superheroes. There's no reason to think that real-world politics wouldn't map onto a superhero world, after all.
I don't know what it would be like for an African-American man to continually transform into white superheroes; I can't know that. It seems like it would parallel the real-world idea of media representation, though. People want to see people like themselves represented on TV, in movies, in comic books, in games, and so on; and it can be disheartening when you have a hard time finding a character you can identify with. I'm speaking from experience here. I also know how much I prefer to play as female characters rather than male characters in video games. I imagine it might be frustrating for an African-American man to become primarily white superheroines for similar reasons.
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