I never got the big deal about Wonder Woman. I watched the show a few times but I never really considered her important in any way. Maybe she was just too comic-booky for a girl who liked to read poetry. The real women in my life were my role models and hey, if I wanted a completely fake role model, there were plenty of fictional characters who were much better than Wonder Woman. Personally, I loved Mary Richards of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She was a boss at work, independent, sassy, smart and funny. This was a woman who could deal with people and all sorts of crazy situations with class and style. In yesterday’s post, Kelly mentions Jamie Summers, the Bionic Woman. Now there’s a heroine. She didn’t ask for what happened to her but she made the best of it and helped people along the way.
That’s what real women DO. They face their situations. They deal with husbands, lovers, kids and careers. That’s the best kind of strength. It’s what I’ve found in my friends and what I HOPE they see in me.
Maybe I’ve just never really liked kick ass ninja warrior women and they’re everywhere. Movies, television, and books. They have black belts in karate, are master sword fighters, and know exactly how to kick the snot out of the bad guys without breaking a nail. I just can’t believe these kinds of characters are still being shoved in our faces in this day and age. Isn’t it enough that we’re women? Female empowerment isn’t about physical strength but about emotional depth. Intelligence, humor, and grace are the real deal. Not this other stuff.
When I was a little girl, my dad was in a horrible car accident and was in a coma for many months. No one thought he’d make it. Mom was young with two little girls (I was only six). She couldn’t drive so she took a crash course, got her license, and worked Dad’s job in the oil fields for six months. She wanted him to have his work when he woke up (and she was certain he would). She took care of us, did hard physical labor, and made it to the hospital every day.
Nope. I didn’t need Wonder Woman. We had a real one at home.
Do you have a real Wonder Woman in your life? Let’s hear it.