Empowered: Objectification and Empowerment

Emilie Brøndum Reeh, Sarah Rashmi Kirpekar-Sauer, Sarah Kebedech Ziebe, Luna Klostergaard, Nicoline Remo Finderup & Roxana Gabriela Zlate

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The project is about feminism, objectification and empowerment as portrayed through the comic Empowered from 2007. The discussion centers around the repercussions of objectification in the comic, and how it illustrates women’s position in a postmodern society. Objectification identification theories by Nussbaum, Langton and Heldman have been applied to the comic to establish how objectification is displayed in the comic. The analysis found that the protagonist of the comic is both objectified by the other characters and the reader. Theories by Simone de Beauvoir and Immanuel Kant are used in order to explore objectification, and the effect it has on the individual and on the female gender both within the comic and on a broader scale. Through the analysis of the comic it was discovered that female empowerment is potentially impossible when the individual is subjected to objectification. The project also utilizes arguments from the feminist Sex Wars to discuss whether individual empowerment can be achieved under arguably sexist circumstances. The paper found that even if individual empowerment is achieved, it is still under certain restrictions because only a societal change can permanently alter the gender norms and social constructs that lead to objectification.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato21 dec. 2015
VejledereZoran Lee Pecic


  • Women
  • Superhero
  • Feminism
  • Female Superhero
  • Comics
  • Objectification
  • Empowered
  • Empowerment