Paradoxes and Patriarchy: A Legal Reading of She-Hulk
Dale Mitchell (2015) ‘Paradoxes and Patriarchy: A Legal Reading of She-Hulk’ 24(3) Griffith Law Review 446-481.
57 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2016
Date Written: November 17, 2015
From Savage to Sensational, from lawyer to hulking beast, from advocate to Avenger and from independent woman to hyper-sexualised feminista – She-Hulk provides a case study in what occurs when ‘great power’ meets the ‘great responsibility’ of the legal professional. This article seeks to fill a gap in the fledgling field of Law and Comics via an analysis of She-Hulk, revealing a character defined by binaries, constructed through real world and imagined patriarchal forces, whose superpowers do not make her immune from the struggles faced by the female voice within the legal system. Yet She-Hulk offers a solution to this exclusion – the realm of the abject, the monstrous, splintering the law to protect her client’s interests. She-Hulk reveals that superhero powers are needed to overcome the challenges of feminist lawyering.
Keywords: legal profession; comics; feminism; abject; justice; monstrous feminine; popular culture
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