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Discuss the construction and representation of gender in X-men As well as the films content the films title can also be discussed especially when discussing gender representation X-Men implies mystery and secrecy but the Men in the title is expected to cover the female members of the cast as well as the male This may set up audience expectations of who would play the lead roles what characteristics these lead roles will possess and how these characters will be represented The powers of the female mutants Doctor Jean Grey Storm Rogue and Mystique all have something in common which sets them apart from their male associates The female mutants possess hidden powers that are in contrast to the external and visually threatening powers based on strength that Wolverine Cyclops and Sabortooth present For example Rogue is portrayed as mysterious and dangerous Characters such as Doctor Jean Grey fulfil a number of roles such as being an authority figure a doctor and a love interest for Cyclops and Wolverine without being a femme fatale Doctor Jean Greys sexuality is constantly emphasised by the presentation of her character through tight clothes she wears however teamed with an intellectual look that being a white doctors coat or glasses Doctor Jean Grey is however still treated as a sexual object as Cyclops warns Wolverine to stay away from my girl The character that possesses the most sexuality and sense of danger however is Mystique Her provocative skintight costume drew media attention when the film was released The emphasis on her form makes Mystique an evil goddess built on ideology which may have been inspired by the male gaze The representation of the male characters Sabortooth and Wolverine is the opposite to the female characters in the film Sabortooth and Wolverine are depicted as brutal and savage The film X-Men may be accused of portraying women as victims Rogue is a female
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