The United Nations has appointed Wonder Woman as their Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.
The argument that Wonder Woman is big breasted and is “scantily clad” and therefore an inappropriate choice is ridiculous. Breasts are a symbol of womanhood. Being ashamed of showing a female characteristic is another way society tells women that to be successful you need hide your femininity in order to prosper. Focussing on what Wonder Woman is wearing is fundamentally wrong as it is important that women feel safe enough and empowered enough to wear whatever they please, whether that’s a bullet proof bralette or a headscarf.
Despite this argument I believe that it is ludicrous to have Wonder Woman appointed as an ambassador. There are lots of real life inspiring women who have done and are doing inspirational things with their lives. Using a fictional character is reiterating that female empowerment is still a dream best left to fiction.
I’m not saying Wonder Woman is not an inspiration. I love that there is finally a strong female led superhero movie, in my opinion there should be more. However just because it’s a good film to inspire women and girls it’s not something that belongs in the United Nations.
There are already celebrities such as Emma Watson that bring in an outside audience and capture the attention of those who may otherwise not have been interested. However Emma Watson has and is still doing a lot as an ambassador and she speaks truthfully and intelligently and I believe is qualified for the role.
Wonder Woman is a made up character who would not be able to do anything or have her own voice. She is a character made up by a man, that doesn’t mean men cannot support feminism however the United Nations Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls should be someone who themselves can represent the interests of women and girls the world over, not a fictional character who cannot speak for herself.
If anyone has any thoughts on this I would be interested to hear,
Until next time,
Laura Joan xx