Total Nerd 21 Awesomely Feminist Elements in Jessica Jones  

Candice Darden
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Jessica Jones is Netflix and Marvel's newest superhero show on the scene, and dynamic for it's unique portrayal of feminist themes and moments throughout the show. *SPOILER ALERT* If you haven't watched Jessica Jones, you might want to read this after you've had a chance to catch up.
 

Jessica Jones is anything but your typical superhero - a far cry from the skintight outfits, skimpy clothes, and damsel in distress cliches common to male power fantasies, Jessica is fully capable of standing up to the villains in her life and of saving others as well. Passing the Bechdel test with flying colors is just one sign of the show's sophisticated gender dynamics. From the strong bond between Jess and Trish to Jeri Hogarth's gender-swapped character, and equal relationship portrayals Jessica Jones is full of feminist moments and themes.
 
The show doesn't pay lip service to strong women or provide superficial girl power. Jessica Jones treats its female characters as complex, three-dimensional people. So let's take you through some of our favorite moments from the show, from broad themes to small moments, even covering lesser known facts. This list highlights and celebrates all the things Jessica Jones got right when it comes to feminism. We already can't wait for season two!
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It Passes the Bechdel Test with Flying Colors


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 On Jessica Jones, female characters actually shares scenes together and discuss topics other than men. The show passes the Bechdel Test easily, setting an A+ example for other shows.
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The Lead Female Superhero Doesn't Walk (or Fly) Around Sans Clothing


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Eschewing spandex or form-fitting jumpsuits, Jessica wears realistic clothes that she can comfortably fight in - her signature black leather jacket, jeans, and black boots. Props to Netflix for doing a callback to Jessica's original 'Jewel' costume... but not using it in the show.
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It Handles Issues of Misogyny, Rape, Abuse, and PTSD


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 The show puts a powerful spotlight on these tough issues, and doesn't shy away from the nitty-gritty or use them as mere shock value in a plot twist. Instead, the entire first season is very much about recovering from an emotionally abusive "relationship" with a rapist control freak.
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Jessica Jones Is a Fully-Developed, Complex Character


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She's a multi-faceted character who is inherently flawed, yet heroic. So much more in-depth than one-dimensional female superheroes of the past, Jessica Jones is nuanced. Edgy, a lone wolf and a heavy drinker, she's an abuse survivor living with PTSD who also happens to have superhuman powers... that she mysteriously came into possession of after the death of her entire family in a car accident. Bruce Wayne ain't got nothing on her tragic backstory.