In this essay, I analyze the history of the disturbing, often dismissive treatment of sexual violence in comic books through social conflict theory. Social conflict theory is a Marxist argument that society is a series of violent interactions wherein privileged groups exploit those with less power. I explore the way the prevalent mistreatment of sexual violence in DC Comics is a part of gendered conflict, and how this depiction of sexualized violence affects our understanding of sexual violence in the real world. Rather than suggest that all depictions of sexual violence and abuse are harmful, I examine more constructive, narratively driven examples of characters experiences with sexual violence and how these depictions are a step forward for the comic industry.
"Sexual Violence and D.C. Comics,"
Proceedings of GREAT Day: Vol. 2018
, Article 19.
Available at: https://knightscholar.geneseo.edu/proceedings-of-great-day/vol2018/iss1/19