ARE SCREEN SUPERHEROES MISLEADING US?

First, I would like to ask all of you, how many of you have ever been misled by any super hero? The percentage of Yes, would be very less. Indeed!!! We all have always enjoyed watching superheroes like batman, Thor, Iron Man, Spiderman to name a few but their whole sole purpose is to entertain us and not cause any harm, directly or indirectly.

According to me these superheroes do better than harm. The new research from the Women’s media Center (WMC) states when young girls see women represented in superhero roles on the big screen – and especially girls of color- it helps them believe they can achieve anything they put their mind to.

And no, it doesn’t matter that these superheroes have other worldly fantastic powers, or spend their days fighting evil, scary villains- i.e., things that aren’t exactly ‘relatable’ to the average young girl. In fact, the research found that “female sci-fi/ superheroes are more impactful sources of inspiration for girls than male heroes are for boys.

Now, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is a great role model for kids. He dealt with adversity when his uncle Ben was taken from him. He’s frequently an honors student and loves to apply his knowledge of science to his life of crime fighting. He expresses his artistic side through photography. Plus, he lives his life by the most quoted line in all of comic books: “With great power, comes great responsibility”.  And still my opponents say, they are misleading!!!!!!!!!

Captain America isn’t the most powerful guy in the MARVEL universe, but he’s one of the most noble. He’s always looking out for the good of his fellow men, which is a good lesson in teamwork for us. Leadership skills, team building and management skills, a strong sense of morality are few traits that can be learnt from Cap. So, the question arises, how can they be misleading.

They are worthy role models for your sons and daughters, and definitely not misleading…….

Hope that you are convinced that these superheroes are the strongest guiding force we have around. Hence, to conclude I would say that these superheroes teach us many virtues, directly or indirectly. It’s up to us to take it or leave it. The Ball is in our court.

Manasvi Ramola

Grade 7

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