DC Super Hero Girls (DCSHG) is a trans-media franchise that
includes not just screen media texts but a wide array of themed merchandise aimed
at a multi-generational market. I argue here that key components of the franchise
present a queered version of girlhood that critiques femininity as a gender role
while presenting femaleness as encompassing a variety of signifiers, acts, and presentations
that can be read as queer (particularly by the so-called big girls in the
audience). This is evident in the representation of queer relationships that exist in
the sexualized zone of the canonical material, allowing the DCSHG characters to
inhabit a liminal proto-queer space between homosocial/gender non-conforming
and lesbian that is considered more appropriate for young girls. I examine the way
in which the DC Super Hero Girls franchise rejects and reforms familiar elements
of comics, super heroism, and princess culture to create that space for girls.
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