Saturday, August 21, 2010
Superheroes send wrong images to boys .
Today's superheroes send wrong image to boys, say researchers
SAN DIEGO — Watching superheroes beat up villains may not be the best image for boys to see if society wants to promote kinder, less stereotypical male behaviors, according to psychologists who spoke Sunday at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.
"Resistance to Ideals of Masculinity in Middle School Boys," Carlos Santos, PhD, Arizona State University"Superheroes and Slackers: Limited Media Representations of Masculinity for Boys," Sharon Lamb, EdD, University of Massachusetts-Boston; Lyn Mikel Brown, EdD, and Mark Tappan, EdD, Colby College