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Marvel’s Thor and the Appropriation of a Cultural Heritage

On March 11, 2015, I published a guest post on the comic book site Panels.

Marvel’s Thor and the Appropriation of a Cultural Heritage

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In the fifth issue of the gender-swapped version of the Marvel comic Thor, Marvel responds to critics of the god of thunder now being a woman by having Thor punch a man who ridicules her for being a woman. In spite of this, the debate on Marvel’s decision to turn Thor into a woman will likely continue. Personally, I’m still not sure…

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

2 responses to “Marvel’s Thor and the Appropriation of a Cultural Heritage”

  1. Vaughn Roycroft Avatar

    Second time I read it, and it’s still interesting and through-provoking for me. I’ll be interested to hear whether you think I’ve misappropriated cultural heritage for story, Erika.

    1. E.H. Kern Avatar

      Thank you! I’m glad to hear it. My intention was to present a different point of view and to be honest I was quite nervous before the post went up. It’s a fine line between making a point and coming across as whining or pointing fingers. So far the reception has been positive and the discussion very constructive. *phew*

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