So we have this movie coming out soon, My Super Ex-Girlfriend. (link here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465624/
). Basic premise: Man attemps to break up with woman. Woman is superhero. Woman proceeds to make man's life hell unless/until he gets back with her, doing things such as throwing a shark into his room and directly threatening his life if he tries to break it off permanently.
If this was the other way around--if this was Superman doing this to Lois Lane--think this could successfully be marketed as a comedy? No. NOW and about 8 billion abuse groups would scream and lobby against it, claiming it trivializes real abuse situations, and they'd be right. But because it's a guy cowering before a girl, it can be played for laughs.
At least, that's my take on it. Yours?