Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Strong Women

"Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece." ~Author Unknown

While recently visiting my family in Georgia, I was watching my niece very closely. It blows my mind that someone that came by way of my sister has so many attributes that I carry. I look into her eyes and see my eyes. Her mannerisms.. everything.. are so similar to mine. She is head-strong, brave, outspoken.. and she is only 4.

My mom reminds me often that I was the same exact way. An endless fount of energy. I see a strong girl... a future strong woman.

Most of my closest friends are super strong women. Sure - we are flawed. Sure, we feel pain and show our emotions from time to time. To me - that is strength.
When I watch a movie, or listen to a song, or read a book - I gravitate to the strong characters. I want to be like them.

Hence the whole - Wonder Woman obsession. If you remember - I had my 38th Birthday Party as a Wonder Woman theme.

Wonder Woman is an Amazon (based on the Amazons of Greek mythology) and was created by Marston, an American, as a "distinctly feminist role model whose mission was to bring the Amazon ideals of love, peace, and sexual equality to a world torn by the hatred of men." Her powers include superhuman strength, flight, super-speed, super-stamina, and super-agility. She is highly proficient in hand-to-hand combat and in the art of tactical warfare. She also possesses an animal-like cunning and a natural rapport with animals, which has in the past been presented as an actual ability to communicate with the animal kingdom. She uses her Lasso of Truth, which forces those bound by it to tell the truth, a pair of indestructible bracelets, a tiara which serves as a projectile, and an invisible airplane.

Created during World War II, the character was initially depicted fighting the Axis military forces, as well as an assortment of supervillains. In later decades, some writers maintained the World War II setting, with many of its themes and story arcs, while others updated the series to reflect the present day. Wonder Woman has also regularly appeared in comic books featuring the superhero teams Justice Society (from 1941) and Justice League (from 1960). Arguably the most popular and iconic female superhero in comics, Wonder Woman is also considered a feminist icon, and she is regarded as extremely physically attractive even by the standards of the superheroine. She was named the twentieth greatest comic book character by Empire magazine.

What about real Super Women? What songs/books/movies inspire you? I have a few - and I would like to share them with you.

When these various songs came out - I was hooked. I still love them.. and I even have a "Wonder Woman" playlist that I listen to in my car in the mornings. Here are a few songs to inspire the "Wonder Women" out there! Just remember to actually listen to the lyrics. Don't get caught up in the visual!

Hope you found some inspiration! These songs capture how I might view life!


Dafeenah said...

I had no idea that is how Wonder Woman came about. I grew up watching the Justice League. Wonder Woman was always there. I never realized the character had been created before that.

becca said...

love your choices in strong women i'm a huge fan of most of them especially Pink and Madonna. great job


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