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Episode 141: Interview with Carolyn Cocca

Carolyn Cocca is an associate professor in the department of politics, economics and law at the State University of New York (SUNY), college at Old Westbury and author of the Eisner Nominated book Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation. The book examines the history, changing representation, and fan-reception of Wonder Woman, Barbara Gordon, Padme, Leia, and Jaina from Star Wars, the ladies of the X-Men, Buffy, and Captain and Ms. Marvel. In this interview we spend time talking about the book, the Bechdel Test, Barbara Gordon, female-led films, authenticity and more!


You can order your own copy of Carolyn’s book by heading to Amazon.


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  • The Irredeemable Shag

    Wow! Really great interview with Carolyn Cocca! Such a powerful and relevant discussion. Her book sounds fascinating.

    As your resident lecherous male guest host (an act, as Stella can truly attest), this discussion lead me to one item I felt wasn’t discussed. Lots of time was given to the topic of the dominant multi-media roles going to male, heterosexual, white, non-disabled heroes. When you discussed female let TV and movies, the list included Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Batgirl, Supergirl, and Jessica Jones. Seems to me only one of those criteria is different with these characters; switch male for female. All of those female characters are still heterosexual, white, and non-disabled (assuming we get Batgirl and not Oracle). So my question is, is Hollywood still not taking it far enough? What will it take to get us there?

    Thanks again for a great episode!