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Representation and Health 101: Carol Danvers

Representation and Health 101: Carol Danvers

Sometimes, the characters that mean the most to us don’t look like us, but they share our experiences. Carol Danvers is that character for me and I suspect many people. She’s powerful, capable, nuanced, but she also dealt with struggles many of us face. In particular, I think Carol is an avatar for understanding how

Representation and Health 101: Jessica Jones

Welcome to the next phase of Representation and Health! I’ve taken you through a brief journey outlining the usefulness of representing diverse people in comics. We greatly benefit when we see more people represented and when diverse creators craft comics, and I hope we see these changes as time passes. Now, though, I want to

Representation and Health 101: Disability Dimensions

When you think of disability in comics, a few prominent names come to mind: Barbara Gordon, Matt Murdock, Charles Xavier, and Clint Barton. Each of these individuals experiences disabilities in different ways, but they make remarkable use of their other abilities in coping with disability. However, what we see isn’t always what can be disabling.

Representation and Health 101: Beyond Binaries

To say that gender only exists in terms of “male” and “female” is to so severely and narrowly restrict our varied identities. These terms, with all the baggage they entail, are so limiting unless we move beyond them and strict definitions of them. Comics, with their varied worlds, characters, and identities, are a perfect place

Representation and Health 101: I’m Every Woman

In almost every facet of media, we have been moving beyond portraying women primarily as homemakers or damsels in distress. Yet, we are still facing significant issues with how women are represented, who represents them, and how their narratives progress. There’s so much value in portraying women in the varied ways they show up, rather

Representation and Health 101: Not Just Same Love

Northstar and Kyle. Grace and Anissa. Karolina and Xavin. Sometimes comics gets things right and these three couples are some good examples. Representation of sexual orientation in comics is still pretty sparse, but we have some shining examples of how to show love between people who aren’t heterosexual. There are also some significant strides to

Representation and Health 101: Adding Color to Comics

Welcome back! I’m excited to do another round of discussion about how representation in comics is a boon for our health. My plan is to go through specific identities to examine pertinent issues influenced by the characters that show up. You may see some of the same points reiterated, but that’s because there’s a lot

Representation and Health 101: A Primer

Representation of marginalized people in comics has been an increasingly hot topic, and for good reason. With social media, more people are able to express dissatisfaction instantly. What’s lost in these conversations is why representation matters, especially in how it benefits us, no matter our identities. It’s not just the warm-fuzzies from seeing someone who

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