Why Female Superheroes Are Important

Why Female Superheroes Are Important

Because we're still waiting on that Black Widow movie.
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One of the biggest fandom universes in the world happens to be the universe of superheroes. I am so grateful to be a part of the overwhelmingly large fan base that dedicates themselves to these comics, movies, and characters that we have fallen in love with. It's a powerful universe, and even if you aren't a part of it, almost everyone can name their favorite superhero. The thing is---more often than not---these movies or comics are centered around an archetypal white male. Young girls and women, on the other hand, don't really have anyone they could connect with, relate to or see themselves as. It's no shocker that Hollywood is infamous for its lacking representation of women, LQBTQ and minorities overall, but it is time to start thinking how this is affecting all of us and how we can change it.

When a female actress graces the screen with her presence, she often takes the form of a skinny, white, overly-emotional and physically weak character. Yes, some people who are skinny, white, overly-emotional and physically weak, can relate to this. But most of us, can't. It's considered an anomaly to see a powerful, dominant, character who is in control of her own emotions. Female superheroes have the power to change this.

The very essence of a superhero is that they are these amazing, strong, inspiring, awesome individuals who are using their talents to do good for the world. Why should a superhero be any different because she's female? Even though we have so many empowering female superheroes (Black Widow, Jessica Jones, Scarlet Witch, Gamora, Wonder Woman, Nebula, Wasp, Captain Marvel, etc.), there is still so much work to be done. This number of female superheroes is in no way comparable to that of male superheroes, and there is no diversity amongst them either.

As a loyal Marvel fan, I recently watched the shows Jessica Jones and Daredevil on Netflix (both amazing shows by the way). As I watched Daredevil, regardless of how great of a show it is, there was no way I could continue watching it for an extended period of time or stay dedicated to the show because, aside from Claire Temple and Karen Page, the characters weren't relatable. Until season two with Elektra Natchios who was a prominent female superhero, I didn't completely love the show---and I'm sure other women felt the same way. On the other hand, Jessica Jones plays a powerful, unemotional, strong and intelligent character who doesn't rely on anyone else. I had never seen a female character like her before, and I was quickly able to connect with her and be inspired by her. I'm thankful to Marvel for putting a female character like Jessica Jones out there, one I have fallen in love with.

The influence of female superheroes has had a tremendous impact on me, so just imagine how much it would have on a young girl who is growing up in a society that is constantly making strides in feminist rights. These characters will shape the way that young girls will view themselves, and put an empowering female superhero on the screen allows girls to envision all the possibilities that they have and will help them to realize the amazing things that they can do. We have to continue to show these girls that they can truly be and do anything if they work hard, and female superheroes may have the power to manipulate matter or have super strength, but their greatest power is the ability to shape the future of how women everywhere view themselves.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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I Used To Think Height Didn't Matter, But Maybe It Really Does

I've come to a conclusion

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I've had my fair share of boyfriends in the past. A common theme in my past choices of boys is that they were all an inch or two taller than me or the same height. Now, I am a little on the taller side considering that the average height for a woman in the US is 5 feet 4 inches tall. I'm not saying all the tall boys belong to all the tall girls and the shorter guys should stick with shorter girls, but I do think there might be something behind all this madness.

My reasoning for this is simple: I've been in an amazing relationship with someone who is fairly taller than me. Is this reason totally irrational and have no sort of concrete evidence for this argument? Yes, totally, but hear me out. All my other relationships haven't been this good or even had the potential to be this good. Is it a coincidence that they were all shorter? I think not!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with boys who are under 5'9''. There are some nice ones who probably don't talk to 5 other girls while you're dating, I just never happened to come across one back when I was in the game. I just find it interesting that I've been in a really healthy relationship for awhile now with someone who is over 6 feet tall.

Many amazing relationships have happened between all different types of people, no matter the height. It's just if you are having problems with boys who are under 6 feet, you may have some thinking to do.


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