Superheroes are poor role models says a Professor of Mental Health at The University of Massachusetts – speaking at an American Psychological Association symposium on masculinity and boyhood.
Sharon Lamb says people can look up to Superman and Spiderman as “real people with real problems” (sometimes I wonder about fellow psychologists).
Iron Man and Batman however, who originally fought criminals, are now portrayed as; “sexist, aggressive sociopaths gorging on non-stop violence”.
She says that they don’t teach boys about love as that seems to be the superheroes only weakness.
The alternative seems to be a slacker lifestyle and neither provide good role models for boys.
Batman was always my favourite but thinking about that “dark knight” stuff maybe she has a point. Now what about Wonder Woman?