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Superheroes Highlight Diverse Sexual Identities

A majority of comic superheroes are straight, white males, but that has started to change. DC Comics recently announced that Jonathan Kent, son of Clark Kent and inheritor of his father’s mission, would come out as bisexual in “Superman: Son Of Kal-El.” While the timing of the announcement could be regarded as a marketing ploy, the move to broaden inclusive representation is significant for many. Listen to hear a pop culture reporter discuss this revelation and what it might mean for superhero comics and movies and their audiences.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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