Monday, June 1, 2009

Here's to A Month With My Heroes! First Up: Wonder Woman

NOTE: The theme for the month of June from the NaBloPoMo website is Heroes. Cyndie and I have decided to continue with daily blogging and have decided to blog on this theme for the month. The results should be interesting...

The very first person who came to mind when I thought "heroes" was Wonder Woman, complete with 70's TV theme song! (see below)

And why not! Wonder Woman was a great role model for girls, in my humble opinion. The creator of Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston, developed this character as a model of the Amazonian values of love, peace and sexual equality---in other words, a comic book feminist. She certainly fits with the
popular seventies Enjoli commercial that expressed a similar sentiment: "I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never, never, never let you forget you're a man!"

What woman wouldn't want super strength, enhanced speed and stamina, the ability to communicate with animals and flight as her superpowers, not to mention those indestructible bracelets and the Lasso of Truth? Watch out men!
And lets not forget all the character background steeped in Greek mythology: now that is some interesting stuff! According to Wikipedia:
The Vambraces, sometimes called bracelets, were formed from the remnants of Zeus' legendary Aegis shield at the request of Athena to be awarded to her champion.

The Lasso of Truth, or Lariat of Hestia, was forged by Hephaestus from the golden girdle of Gaea.

(Wonder Woman) once possessed the Sandals of Hermes, or talaria, which granted the wearer great speed and flight. They were passed on first to Artemis, and later to Wonder Girl.

(Wonder Woman) also once possessed the Gauntlets of Atlas, which magnifies the physical strength and stamina of the wearer. They too were passed on.

As you can see from the above description, it is also in her nature to share her gifts and talents with others, a lesson we should all heed.

My only two complaints: 1) The invisible plane was a little bit lame, since you could be seen while sitting inside it---why couldn't she be invisible while she was inside the plane? 2) Her wardrobe is just a little too skimpy for my tastes. I actually like this picture to the right (which might be of Wonder Girl) better than the one above: less revealing, yet still beautiful and fully functional.

So, inspired by my heroine Wonder Woman,
I am wishing you love, peace and equality.

Now I am going to spend the rest of the day humming the theme song to myself!

(8)Wonder Woman!(8)

Wonder Woman

by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
All the world's waiting for you,
and the power you possess.

In your satin tights,
Fighting for your rights
And the old Red, White and Blue.

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
Now the world is ready for you,
and the wonders you can do.

Make a hawk a dove,
Stop a war with love,
Make a liar tell the truth.

Wonder Woman,
Get us out from under, Wonder Woman.
All our hopes are pinned on you.
And the magic that you do.

Stop a bullet cold,
Make the Axis fall,
Change their minds, and change the world.

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
You're a wonder, Wonder Woman.

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