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'Wonder Woman' Shows The Importance Of Female Superheroes

We might not be Kryptonians or Amazons, but we can change the world.

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In a world dominated by stereotypes and biases, one creation has single-handedly opened the door for a new wave of strength, inspiration, and wisdom.

That creation is the female superhero.

Prevalent in comics, literature, television programs, and film, female superheroes have become nearly as abundant as their male counterparts and two times as significant, if not more. Not to take away from the benevolence and strength that Superman and Iron Man generate and possess for their respective cities, but since their creations, it has always been assumed that men are the stronger of the two sexes. Every woman was to stand by and wait until their own hero came to sweep them off their feet and rescue them from danger. This ideal lasted generations, and while the creation of "Wonder Woman" in 1942 saw the first well-recognized female superhero among the ranks of male heroes, women were still believed to be inferior.

These ideals, when coupled with the infrastructure of a society, make it immensely difficult, if not impossible, for new generations of girls and women to see themselves as anything but inferior. So long as superheroes were predominately male, women were expected to be the secretaries, the nurses, the stereotypically "female" and therefore weaker figures in society.

Until now.

A revolution has taken place in these fictional worlds of literature and film, and it triggered a revolution in our own. Fighting alongside heroes like "Batman and Superman," "Iron Man and Captain America," are their female team-members, stronger than ever—re-imagined, recreated, revitalized. Audiences watch in awe as Wonder Woman fights her way across No Man's Land, as Supergirl defends National City, as Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, and the Dora Milaje fend off Thanos and his forces all on their own. These images, regardless of which medium they take place in, have power.

They teach girls and women of all ages that they have that power within them to overthrow enemies and fight for what is good.

They endorse love and compassion, strength and wisdom, liberty and justice in the face of adversity.

They allow for all girls to believe that they can finally be what they want to be, and I don't mean a superhero.

For example, the classic trope of a superhero is having a secret identity, working at some low-profile job when they're not fighting off bad guys. Clark Kent's a journalist, Diana Prince's a curator, Bruce Wayne's an entrepreneur. These sides of the heroes' lives contribute to their characters, and despite being the "unheroic" sides, they can carry just as much weight if not more as the capes and superpowers.

Because while we may not have capes and superpowers in our real world, we do have journalists and curators and entrepreneurs. We have people who do good in the world, who make ground-breaking discoveries, who change people's lives for the better. With the surge in female superheroes in the media, young girls and women everywhere can see what these superwomen are doing, and the images become normalized just as much as those of their male counterparts.

Feminism continues to be an ongoing battle, fighting for rights in every corner of the world, but when bolstered with the images of female superheroes, each woman becomes her own hero, fighting the good fight in each aspect of her life. She's given the strength and intelligence of Wonder Woman, the wit and skill of Black Widow, and the ferocity and unity of the Dora Milaje. She's armed with earth-shattering power like Scarlet Witch, abilities in combat like Gamora, and a bullet-proof attitude like Supergirl.

Women don't need capes to become their own heroes. All they need is the image of those women that do to remind her of her true potential to change the world.

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I'm A Christian Girl And I'm Not A Feminist, Because God Did Not Intend For Women To Be Equals

It is OK for me to not want to be equivalent with a man.

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To start off, I am not writing this to bash feminists or get hate messages. I am simply writing this to state why I do not perceive myself as a feminist.

March is International Women's Month and that is what has got me thinking about how I view myself as a young woman in the 21st century. I enjoy every day getting to soak up the world as a young lady, particularly in the South.

If you know me, then you know that I love and utterly adore Jesus. He is so perfect. He is everything. He is my whole life. Some people might say that I am a "Bible-thumper" or someone who has had too much Kool-aid and maybe I am, but I know who my Creator is and that He died for me, and that is all that matters.

In my young age, I loved to just sit in church with my parents and absorb all that God would deliver. As I have grown up, I have ventured off and joined a church that is different than my parents, so the responsibility falls more on me, but I love that. Since this era of independence began, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking ownership of my faith.

I spend a lot of time chatting with God, worshipping Him in all kinds of ways, and just diving deeper into His Word. Through all of this growth as a Christian, I have learned a lot, but something I have learned is a concept that some may not agree with, which does not surprise me.

I do not believe God meant for women and men to be equal.

There, I acknowledged the elephant in the room.

It is a shocker, I know, but I have some Biblical evidence to back up this belief that I have.

Let us begin in Genesis. God created man and then he created woman. This was two separate occurrences and order is key. He created Adam and then Eve.

Jesus treated women with grace and kindness, do not get me wrong. I mean just look at how He treated the woman at the well, the one who used all of her expensive perfume to cleanse His feet and not to mention His own biological mother! He has a truly unique place in his heart for women, but He also has special intentions for us in the world and in the family setting.

We are to submit to our husbands.

We are to be energetic, strong, and a hard worker.

We are to be busy and helpful to those in need.

We are to be fearless.

All of this is explicitly laid out by God in Proverbs 31.

We are not to be equal to our male counterparts. Jesus does not lay out the Proverbs 31 man, but He rather lays out the Proverbs 31 woman.

A husband or man is to be the head of the household as Christ is to the church.

A man is to love a woman so deeply that represents how he loves himself.

A man is to leave his father and mother.

Women and men are not equal in God's eyes, but they each represent Him in their own ways that the other needs.

If we were all equal, we would not need one another and therefore we would not need God. I am so thankful that we were not created equal. I am so thankful that God is so great that He could not just create only man or woman to represent His image. He is so perfect.

So, you see I am not a feminist, and it is OK.

It is acceptable for me to have this belief that God intended for men to lead women. It is also okay for people to have differing opinions. Writing this was not easy, but I know that not all people agree.

To feminists and those that are not, you are allowed to believe whatever you wish but have evidence to back it up.

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In Case You Haven't Heard, My Body Means My Choice, So Deal With It

With all the political differences and laws trying to be passed, based on what a woman can do with her body, demonstrates how the United States decides to use their power and control others by the means of it.

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Since the beginning of America, there have always been minority groups, which include African American, Hispanics, the disabled, homosexuals, and women. Such minority groups have made it their responsibility to fight for their rights and earn justice for it. However, there has recently sprung up a debate on abortion policies, attempting to alter and re-write the rules on Roe vs Wade per state to pursue when or if abortion is illegal based on certain circumstances.

Now, I am not writing this in any means to deter you from your individual opinion on this situation or your perspective, but I do believe that I have a voice in this situation since I am a woman and this situation affects me if any of you individuals like that or not. And most of all, I deserve to be heard.

Starting off, in no means should a man, government officials, or anyone for that matter be able to decide what is acceptable to do with my own individual body, EVER. How have we become a country that thinks it is more than okay to tell what others can do based on the decision of another person. See, we have this thing called bodily autonomy which means we have independence over our own body, or at least we should. A prime example of this is when an individual dies, a surgeon can not remove the person's organs (if they were an organ donor) until the designated power of attorney says it is okay to do so. However, it is apparently acceptable and illegal for someone who has become pregnant through rape or in general is unable to care for a child to receive an abortion and loses their bodily autonomy for the following 9 months. How does a corpse have more rights and bodily autonomy than a pregnant woman does today?

Currently, the state of Alabama has passed a bill that makes abortion illegal under any circumstances and committing this now known felony, can lead to a very long jail sentence. In fact, committing abortion in Alabama (for the woman or the doctor) can lead to a longer jail sentence than someone who raped another individual. Wow. How is that acceptable????

Many states are following in Alabama's lead and we need to put a stop to it before it becomes too far. We women, need to fight for achieving our bodily autonomy and band together and show America that we are a force to be reckoned with.

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