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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The American Psychological Association apparently feels that we’re due for a Seduction of the Innocent Part Two, with modern-day movie superheroes as the corrupters of young boys.

“There is a big difference in the movie superhero of today and the comic book superhero of yesterday,” said psychologist Sharon Lamb, PhD, distinguished professor of mental health at University of Massachusetts-Boston. “Today’s superhero is too much like an action hero who participates in non-stop violence; he’s aggressive, sarcastic and rarely speaks to the virtue of doing good for humanity. When not in superhero costume, these men, like Iron Man, exploit women, flaunt bling and convey their manhood with high-powered guns.”

The comic book heroes of the past did fight criminals, she said, “but these were heroes boys could look up to and learn from because outside of their costumes, they were real people with real problems and many vulnerabilities,” she said.

Somehow, I think that Stan Lee is eating this up.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/17/2010 11:25pm
Category: Movies, Pop Culture, Publishing, Society
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  1. Look, when there’s news of a plane going down because it smacked into a flock of flying fanboys, then I’ll give Dr. Lamb and her cohorts some credence. Until then, here’s the deal: the only time any role model can overly influence (to the good or the bad) any young person (boy or girl) is when something else is missing from that young person’s life. Like a good parental relationship.

    Comment by Mark Hallen — 08/18/2010 @ 5:17 AM

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