Thursday, December 15, 2016

Wonder Woman retired from ambassador of women’s empowerment

The United Nation reversed the decision to assign Wonder Woman as an honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. The decision was made only two months ago.

CNN: UN drops Wonder Woman as honorary ambassador

Wonder Woman is a superheroine described in DC Comics. She has one of the survivors in the ancient era and has an extraordinary power. Just recently, she appeared in the film of “Batman v. Superman.”

However, as soon as Wonder Woman was seated to the honorary ambassador, some women and relevant associations raised widespread criticism. The core protest of them is that Wonder Woman represents a shape of a woman who is liked by men. Therefore, she does not deserve to the representative of women’s power and independence.

Wonder Woman was created 75 years ago. The intention of the author of Wonder Woman is not clear. Nonetheless, today’s Wonder Woman is problematic as a symbol of empowerment of women because she is a white woman with large breast, according to protesters.

The UN spokesman told that Wonder Woman’s retirement was not due to such protests. But is seems obvious that the UN respected the intensity of criticism. It is not surprising many DC Comics fans became upset to know the news.

In my opinion, it is not the matter whether Wonder Woman is suitable to women empowerment. Some say that it is inappropriate that Wonder Woman wears an erotic costume. So, is it OK for Rogue in X-Men series to succeed her? It’s nonsense.

Not only Wonder Woman but also other comic heroes have their own images. They sometimes inhibit their role which is newly given. It is difficult for an existing comic hero to represent a traditional and complex theme such as empowerment of women. Rather, the UN should invent a new character to address it. Or, a real person as an honorary ambassador can respond to any opinions of protesters.

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