sunday morning sociology, sdcc edition

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In honor of San Diego Comic-Con, this chart comes from Amanda Shendruk’s excellent analysis of gender in comic books. Shendruk finds that women have fewer physical powers and more mental and emotional ones, and that (as this chart shows) when women superheroes are on teams, they are either a small fraction of a team (less than a third) or part of all women teams. 

A weekly link round-up of sociological work – work by sociologists, referencing sociologists, or just of interest to sociologists. This scatterplot feature is co-produced with Mike Bader.

Sociology of Higher Ed

Economic Sociology

Race, Class, and Gender


Author: Dan Hirschman

I am a sociologist interested in the use of numbers in organizations, markets, and policy. For more info, see here.

One thought on “sunday morning sociology, sdcc edition”

  1. Amanda’s plot of women represented in comic books is inaccurate in its concept in that the portion represented in red meant to display the stats for just women in comics is the same size in width as that of the blue side which represents men in comics. Having both sides the same width gives the impression that the numbers are distributed fairly equally, even with the given note that states that it is only (8?) % of the total.
    If it is only 8% of the total then it should be represented by 8% of the whole graph. You should choose a more traditional chart or plot to make the data more understandable, impactful and to drive the meaning home.


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