PBS Ideas Channel | How is Ms. Marvel Changing Media for the Better?

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PBS Ideas Channel | How is Ms. Marvel Changing Media for the Better?


The always fascinating Idea Channel argues the positivity of Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, the first Pakistani-American lead super-hero character in a major comic.

“Popular media generally has a problem with representation. Fictional worlds are often designed by and for straight white males, and this can subtly affect how audiences view the real world. Comics are no exception, portraying muscular white males, or exaggerated expressions of the female form. But those traditions are being broken. One of the most exciting new characters breaking this mold is the new Ms. Marvel: Kamala Khan. Kamala is a teenage Pakistani-American muslim girl, a far cry from the comic pantheon of Captain Americas and Supermans. So is Kamala a step in the right direction for media representation?”

It’s an interesting thought.



Will Harrison

About the author | Will Harrison

Founder of The Unheard Nerd. A husband and father of two girls, Will is a fan of Nerdcore Hip-Hop, a comics fiend, a podcast host and champion of independent nerd culture. | Follow will on twitter: @TheUnheardNerd

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