'Wonder Woman' Shows The Importance Of Female Superheroes

'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 An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.
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"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

Cover Image Credit: Macey Joe Mullins

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Yes I Don't Shave, But It's Not Out Of Spite Or To Act Out Against The Man

I rarely shave because I understand the history of why women shave to begin with and it just doesn't seem worth it.

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I get a lot of odd questions about identifying as a feminist, many of them surrounding things I choose not to do that are expected of women today. One of these things is shaving. I rarely shave my legs, often going 6 months at a time without. The only reason I shave my underarms more frequently is because it makes me feel uncomfortable or unclean. When people realize this, their first question is usually if I do it "out of spite" or if it's just another way that I'm trying to act out against men.

When I started actively deciding not to shave, it came out of simply forgetting or not having enough time. I found myself stressing about having the time to shave my legs and all of the work involved. As a result, I questioned why I was taking the time to shave, and I couldn't come up with a good answer. I really was only shaving because it seemed to be expected of me. I did it because everyone else did it, not because it mattered to me whether or not there was hair on my legs. Taking time and energy out of my day to do something because the rest of the world thought I should just didn't seem like a good enough reason.

After this realization, I started to wonder why women started shaving in the first place. It didn't take me much research to learn that women didn't really start shaving until the early 1900s when women's fashion began to change. As hems shortened and sleeves were removed, legs and underarms were now exposed. In order to make more money and generate a new market, companies that manufactured shaving products (companies run by men) decided to start advertising women's razors. They created a campaign that went right along with new advertisements for women's fashion. These wealthy corporations convinced the entire American female population that the new "normal" was shaving their body hair. If women's bodies were going to be exposed in this new way, they had to be hairless.

Even less surprising is that from the start ads for women's shaving products were very different from those for men. Magazines emphasized that shaving your legs and underarms was a feminine endeavor, rarely using words like "blades", "razors", or even "shave". Women who shaved were painted as polite and ideal. Not only did processes like this develop into the marketing of unrealistic beauty standards to women today, but it created what is today known as the "pink tax". This means that products marketed specifically toward women, such as women's shaving products, are more expensive than identical products marketed towards men. In fact, when compared women's razors cost around $1 per razor, while men's razors are around 75 cents.

It simply doesn't make sense to me to spend money on products marketed towards me so that I can complete a tax that men decided I should have to complete in order to make them more money. Hair removal for men is always approached as a choice, while for women it's considered a necessity and women who don't remove their body hair are deemed odd. It's not that I don't shave simply to be angry at the world, I don't do it because I don't want to and no one has given me a reason good enough to shave more regularly.

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