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What Do Women See in Superman? 

To the editors:

Geoffrey Johnson's November 20, 1987, review of Superman as a Jungian/American hero ["Reading: Superman's Make-over"] was disappointing in comparison to this writer's other Reader contributions.

Johnson generalizes his citations regarding the Man of Steel's mass appeal. While I would agree that Superman is the product and embodiment of the typical American male's "basic myth-making need," I wonder if the same can be said for American women? Unfortunately, Johnson fails to consider this question, even though he provokes the reader's interest by describing how preschool boys react to Superman.

The author would do well to allow for what further boundaries a symbol must transcend--in addition to differences of age and nationality--in order to merit the status of American hero. After all, Americans come in more than one gender.

Julie Rosenfeld Dillon

N. Hamilton

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