We shouldn't assume that discussion of bodily changes necessarily means progression towards a more equal society.
We may no longer say ‘shiver me timbers’, but we still use plenty of pirate words for other things.
Superheroes may be able to regenerate and fly through walls, but their supernatural qualities differ from those of spiritual beings that attract religious devotion.
The historic sporting rivalry between England and South Africa has often been marred by political protests and controversy.
Nigerian men who wear their hair in knots are not a new phenomenon, but the hairstyle's spiritual heritage sparks fear in the hearts of many.
Culturally, the joker turns socially significant places into spaces of carnival, revealing cracks within the social order. He is an enduring character – and a common figure in 2019.
Science fiction writing often serves as a thought experiment that explores shared and hidden beliefs whose material and political reverberations lie further in the future.