Now that Wonder Woman has been named United Nations' honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls, the haters are starting to come out. The reason for all this hate: Wonder Woman is not only over-endowed with super powers, she is overly endowed, period. That's right: she's is too big chested and (by implication) fat, to be a proper representative of the United nations.
A petition launched by a group (probably composed of mostly internet trolls) called Concerned United Nations staff members on Care2, complains that the Amazon is just too damn sexy and chesty and therefore embodies too many negative female stereotypes to be a good role model.
The petition, which so far has 1200 signatures out of a 2000 total goal, complains:
Although the original creators may have intended Wonder Woman to represent a strong and independent ‘warrior’ woman with a feminist message, the reality is that the character’s current iteration is that of a large breasted, white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit with an American flag motif and knee-high boots — the epitome of a ‘pin-up’ girl.
This is the character that the United Nations has decided to represent a globally important issue — that of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.
The group gets points for noting that Wonder Woman still bears the burden of male-created female superheroes, which demands that they be drawn beautiful and sexy. This is the problem that befell ALL female comic book characters created, drawn and mostly read by a male audience. Until DC and Marvel hire more female writers and illustrators to turn this vision around, it will never change.
However, DC and Marvel have created female superheroes that have changed a lot since their introduction, who have grown over time to reflect the new ideals of femininity and feminism. That process also has changed the way men interact with them for the better.
So the group is seeing only half the problem, but not half the solution.
The group manifesto continues:
It is alarming that the United Nations would consider using a character with an overtly sexualized image at a time when the headline news in United States and the world is the objectification of women and girls. The image that Wonder Woman projects (life-size cut outs of which have already appeared at UNHQ) is not culturally encompassing or sensitive — attributes the United Nations expects all its staff members to embody in the core value of respect for diversity.
Again, the group continues to see only the outside and not the inside, or all the change that happened to Diana Prince since her introduction 75 years ago.
It is especially disappointing when they strive to deny Wonder Woman the right to embody their slogan:
So the fallout might be that the UN might eventually pull back the endorsement and substitute a living, breathing, human replacement instead. Or, they could see that this might actually be a job for Supergirl.
How much do you know about Diana Prince? Check the video below for a ton of little-known facts about Wonder Woman that will help shake the stigma of her not being a great role model:
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