Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Variables & Findings

Here are some slides used at a recent presentation. Appoligies for the messy post, it will be cleaned up when (if?) time permits.



I. A brief overview of how we built our sampling frame.





II. Each character was assigned a categorical value based on the following dependent variables. Values were measured against TIME and GENDER.

















III. Findings

The master data table - everything's right here:





Some charts & graphs used for presentation:



 

 

 

 

 

  

 







What conclusions can you draw from the data?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Full paper available online

Our complete research paper is finally available in entirety in the Shared Files box in the upper right hand corner of this blog. The filename is Superhero_Study_Working.pdf, please feel free to download a copy. Note some grammatical or formatting revisions will likely be made in the near future, and we will keep the online copy current.


LOOK, UP IN THE SKY! IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE, IT’S A…BIKINI?
DEPICTION OF GENDER IN AMERICAN SUPERHERO COMIC BOOKS, 1960-2010

Jordan Augustdt, Michael Iacob, Arne Laudwehr, Andrew Meichtry & Dan Rudh
Portland State University

ABSTRACT
            As the popularity of superhero fiction has surged, so too has the question of the genre’s depiction of gender. This research qualifies gender depiction in American superhero comics and measures how those depictions have changed over time. To quantify characterization and change, 720 comic book covers from 1960-2010 are analyzed based on gender variables. Analysis reveals depictions of violence against women have dropped but sexual stereotypes have risen. Nonetheless, the most recent content suggests decreasing use of gender stereotypes.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Research to be presented at PSU

I will be presenting our research on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at The 8th Annual Ronald E. McNair Student Research Conference at Portland State University. I am compiling some nice visualizations for the talk, and look forward to making them available on this blog shortly thereafter.