This is a sincere opinion [Listed on a series of statements] of what I think we can learn from modern Superheroes stories in terms of self acceptance, tolerance and of course gender equality. Please, stay with me until the end of the article. If I can get you to agree or disagree we all might learn something.
PEOPLE ARE WORTH SAVING
All along superheroes have had to deal with the idea of "if a person is really worthy to be saved" regardless of what they have done. Well, who better than Batman to teach us some tolerance; along his own way he has made the decision not to kill villains of all kind (Joker - Wink wink) but instead giving them a chance to redeem themselves. And this pattern repeats from one superhero storyline to another. No surprise Superman has never killed Lex Luthor even though he has been hurt by Luthor so many times.
But it's not only super villains who have been saved; but people of all races, religions, line of thinking or sexual orientation. Superheroes are not real, but writers are and they have been able to pass a beautiful message such as: No matter what you think of us or believe in general, what you do or what you have done, we believe you deserve a second chance, or as many chances as you need to turn the world a better place.
Wonder woman, Thor, Spider Gwen, Korra, Natasha Romanoff, Matt Murdock; they all have faced really bad people but chosen to give them another chance, because that's what makes our specie so unique and eagerly naive, still beautifully hopeful, being able to believe people can change and do better.
WOMEN STRIVE IN SOCIETY, SO DO MEN
Have you ever though what is like for a guy to want to be a stay at home dad, or for a girl not to want to have kids? Well, the world is not black or white, there is a very wide color range, we just need to open our eyes and see.
Think of Rogue, a pretty shy and reserved girl with the desire of every human being of being touched by someone she loves and not being able to, yet she chooses to fight for the wellbeing of others, casting a side her own happiness. Very selfless uh? Well, like her there are many men in the middle east that due to a rule that makes them target of a deadly punishment if they are caught loving another man, choose to be celibatarian and serve people of their comunity hiding their true will. Does not seem like a men's world anymore uh?
Think of Bruce Banner, wanting to conceive a child of his own but being unable to because of his condition, and then think of those men whose children have been taken away through abortion. Their not that different, they all miss something they never had. Now, think of Natasha Romanoff, and how she is been taken away her natural capacity to conceive a child and then think of those women whose society has decided to take away their opportunities just because they decided to have a family. Their not so different, they all have been robbed their natural right to be.
Along the history we have learned that women have struggle to get equal rights and opportunities, yet, people have neglected men's desire to have some of the opportunities women have. We still have a long way to run, but understanding that men and women fight against the same adversities to find their own peace, takes us a lot closer to our goal. Look Nightcrawler or even Storm, life really gave them lemons, but they sure knew how to make some sweet lemonade.
DO NOT THINK A WOMAN IS WEAK BECAUSE SHE CRIES, DO NOT THINK A MAN IS STRONG BECAUSE HE DOESN'T
It takes a lot of guts to admit that something has hurt us. Us men are very proud and we sure have learned how not to let our feelings out. For women is the opposite they have been given instant freedom regarding their emotions and it's natural to find them expressing what they feel, yet, that doesn't mean men are stronger, it just mean men hold back a lot more due to society's odd necessity to create an illusion of men protecting women, when in reality they are a unit, that protect each other, not romantically but practically.
Think how many times the Oracle helped Batman, she sure have been proven to be one of the strongest characters of DC comics, not because she has muscles (even though she does have muscles) but because she is willing to put her capacity in order to help Batman to achieve greater good than she could by working on her own.
Accepting our own weaknesses and strengths, we acknowledge our ability to do good to others. We don't have to be the biggest or strongest to make a difference. Right, Matt Murdock?
FINALLY, WE ALL WANT THE SAME. A WORLD WHERE A KID CAN BE, LIVE AND BE HAPPY.
I know it's the common thought we all share, we all want what Superman sometimes have proposed, a world where a kid (no matter if is our child or not) can be, grow old and be happy regardless of their skin color, line of thinking or religion. To get there we have to go through the road less travelled and even though is the road that could get us kiddnapped (bad joke, I know. Thanks Unbreakable Kimmy schmidt) we have the courage to assume the risk, because the price is worthy.
Friendship is a beautiful thing, Justice League level friendship is our goal, a world where we can trust our friends to look after our kids as we would do for theirs. Until we get there, all of us, women and men have to keep fighting for equality as united front. Society is our supervillain, we have to chose to be the superheroes that eventually give society the chance to redeem itself.