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Will the Female Superheroes Please Step Forward?

Will the Female Superheroes Please Step Forward? | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

"What would fictional worlds look like if the women were just as likely to get super powers as men? And what if there really are a lot more women in these fictional worlds but they aren't speaking up? What if they all stepped forward? "

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sachin dixit's comment, February 19, 2014 12:44 AM
This is true man , i have never seen a famous female superhero in my life.
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A Superhero Gets Sick

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A little boy gets through a hospital stay by pretending he’s a superhero. A story by Tim Manley on The Moth Radio Hour.

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A great story about how a young boy got through a rough time in the hospital by applying his knowledge and love of fantasy throughout the experience. 

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The psychology of superheroes

The psychology of superheroes | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Psychologist Robin Rosenberg has extensively studied psychological phenomena revealed by superheroes and has written and edited several books about superhero psychology, including the upcoming Superhero Origins: What Makes Superheroes Tick and Why We Care. She says superheroes are often admired, not just for their power, but because they can offer a moral example to live by.
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Female Superheroes: Not Just for Girls

Female Superheroes: Not Just for Girls | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Boys need to know that women can be strong, intelligent and influential.  They need to know that it's okay for women to be all of those things.  That it's okay for them to be stronger, smarter, and more powerful than men from time to time.  They need to be able to picture their mothers in these roles, their sisters in these roles, and their future wives and daughters in these roles.

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Linda Denty's curator insight, February 19, 2014 6:11 PM

I agree, although  all female superheroes don't need a costume quite like this one to be powerful and intelligent.

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Study finds asking kids 'What would Batman eat?' improves their food choices

Study finds asking kids 'What would Batman eat?' improves their food choices | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

In the ongoing battle to get children to eat healthfully, parents may do well invoking the names of superheroes to come to their rescue, say Cornell researchers.

 

Just as Popeye inspired a generation to eat spinach, such role models as Spiderman or Batman could help children make healthy choices, according to Brian Wansink, the John S. Dyson Professor of Marketing and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab.

 

Wansink, with postdoctoral researcher Mitsuru Shimizu and visiting graduate student Guido Camps of Utrecht University in the Netherlands, conducted a study in which 22 children, ages 6-12, at a summer camp were asked if they wanted "apple fries" (thinly sliced raw apples) or French fries during several consecutive Wednesday lunches.

 

During one of those lunches, the children were first presented with 12 photos of real and fictional role models and asked, "Would this person order apple fries or French fries?"

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The oringal link seems to have changed. You can find the article at: http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2012/05/considering-what-batman-would-eat-helps-kids-diets

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