A group of concerned United Nations staffers started an online petition to remove Wonder Woman as UN’s Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.
When “Concerned United Nations staff members” created a petition asking that the character be reconsidered for her role, it noted her “overtly sexualized image” as a large breasted, white woman of impossible proportions, blah blah blah…
In other other words they took offence at her Amazonian’s tits and amazing ass.
The petition decried that “the United Nations was unable to find a real life woman that would be able to champion the rights of ALL women on the issue of gender equality and the fight for their empowerment.”
Okay sure, but condemning Wonder Woman for her appearance and dress is reductive at best.
Not that artists haven’t been guilty of sexifying Diana up (#Yaaas) but she’s been recognised as a feminist icon at least since Gloria Steinem put her on the cover of Ms. magazine in 1972.
And while she’s done her share of supervillain punching (and occasional killing), WonderWoman has also spent the vast majority her years in the comics defending those in need, supporting women everywhere, and inspiring… everybody!!
My biggest problem about this dumb issue is that earlier in 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed an Angry Bird as in, from the cellphone game as an honorary ambassador for the International Day of Happiness.
If a stupid cellphone game mascot from 2009 can represent the United Nations, then there should be no question that the greatest female (and even male) superhero in the world for over 75 years can and should be Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.
And that’s a truth you don’t need a golden lasso to uncover.