How does the TV show Supergirl represent gender? Part #7
In the Season 2 episode of Supergirl titled “Homecoming,” Kara is devastated because her father betrayed her and the rest of her family. When her boyfriend, Mon El, comes over, he is unsure of how to act around Kara. First, he tries to make conversation, but when he sees that it is not making Kara feel better, he says, “I’m not going to talk. Why don’t you tell me what you need, I’ll listen.” Kara responds by saying, “Just be here with me.”
This scene shows a few gender stereotypes of men and women. First, as a woman, Kara is portrayed as showing emotions, being honest, and seeking comfort from a man. Mon El, on the other hand, does not know how to respond to Kara’s sadness and he cannot anticipate what she needs without asking her first. It is only when Kara tells Mon El that she needs to be comforted that he actually starts to show affection. By wrapping his arms around Kara, he puts himself in a more dominant position, and Kara in a more vulnerable position because she is the one needing support. This image reflects the stereotype of men needing to protect women.