Article Evaluation: Marvel Body Mass Index Study Reveals Nearly 1/3 of Female Characters Are Underweight
Asher-Perrin Emily’s Marvel Body Mass Index Study Reveals Nearly 1/3 of Female Characters Are Underweight offers a critical analysis on the issues regarding the Body Mass Index of marvel women and ladies. In this article, Asher-Perrin seeks to convince her audience that the manner in which women and men are showcased in the realm of comic art is not realistic nor true. In fact, Asher-Perrin asserts “ breasts are defying all forms of gravity ” Notably, Asher-Perrin utilizes a wider array of techniques including contrast and comparison, as well as personal anecdotes. Asher-Perrin begins her essay with a personal analysis and description of the manner in which women are represented artistically. In addition, Asher-Perrin offers a glimpse on the manner in which men are similarly portrayed in an unrealistic manner.
Asher-Perrin use of personal analysis in the beginning of the article shows that the article is a personal and not a formal essay. However, this does not seem to be the case as the reader reads further into the article. Even so, the use of a personal analysis at the beginning of the article captures the reader’s attention. Precisely, the use of personal analysis allows readers to capture Asher-Perrin quest to ascertain that objectification of women in comic art is highly unrealistic. On a similar note, Asher-Perrin use of personal analysis as the starting premise of the article allows him to offer background information regarding the topic of focus. Overall, the use of personal analysis as it is the case in the current article allows authors to entertain the readers because such analysis uses rhetoric such as in this case where asserts “ waist-to-hip ratios clock in at Barbie levels of discomfort, and everyone is usually fighting in heels.” This statement applies irony and rhetoric to capture and entertain the readers.
After capturing the readers interest Asher-Perrin utilizes contrast and comparison to justify her primary notions that women are objectively represented in comic art than men. In offering this comparison, Asher-Perrin utilizes results from an empirical research aimed at assessing the Body Mass Index of men and women in comic art. In a nutshell, Asher-Perrin compares female objectification with power fantasies accorded to men. An example where Asher-Perrin uses comparison and contrast is where she asserts “ there is a difference between female objectification and male power fantasies.” The use contrast and comparison allows Asher-Perrin to confirms the hypothesis of the study carried out to ascertain the fact that the Body Mass Index of women marvels in comics are lower than those of men. This further exemplifies the notion that male power fantasies for men exists in various realms.
The current text is of immense significance in that it showcases the manner in which the society stereotypes men and women. In fact, the article confirms notions that what the society perceives to be ideal may not be ideal in the long run. This is because of the primary fact that in the society, women models are often perceived to be a true representation of how an ideal woman should be like. However, the current article notes that women showcased in comic art are unhealthy. This is because Asher-Perrin article is based on an empirical research, which noted that women in comic have a worrying Body Mass Index. Precisely, the Body Mass Index of female marvel comic character was below the standard Body Mass Index. Worth noting is the fact that a low Body Mass Index is an indicator that an individual’s health status is low; hence, unhealthy.
Conclusively, Asher-Perrin convinces the reader in that it focuses on a matter that is of concern across various realms. Worth noting is the fact that underweight as indicated by a low Body Mass Index is a relatively true indicator of an individual’s poor health status. The issue of low Body Mass Index is of worrying because of the fact that women often have a fascinating admiration for women showcased in comic art. In most cases, women would be happy with body shapes similar to those of women showcased in comic art. Therefore, information from the current article, which indicate that women in comic art have lower Body Mass Index means that women who have often had fascinating admiration for women showcased in comic art should reconsider their stance.
Asher-Perrin. “Marvel Body Mass Index Study Reveals Nearly 1/3 of Female Characters Are Underweight.” 11 Feb. 2014. Retrieved From: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/02/marvel-bmi-study