Monday, December 6, 2010

Male chauvinism- on a superhuman scale...

"More often than necessary, you take up topics involving superheros and action for writing" is what most of my friends complain about me after reading my posts. So, just to satisfy their thirst for "HATRED TOWARDS SUPERHEROS", i write this one about a superheroine... And about how women face biased treatment, not only in the real world, but also in paper...
As soon as someone utters the word superheroine, it is Wonderwoman who comes to everyone's minds. No wonder she is the most prominent female icon in the comic world. So, i'd like to take up cases one by one just to make my point that, "If you are a woman, you need to face a lot of hurdles, even if you have superpowers".

A quick description:
Wonderwoman is the princess of the Amazons [Amazons as in Greek mythology, not the South American forests], who has exceptional powers as compared to the others of her race, not to mention the fact that all the Amazons are women and they are many times powerful than us ordinary men. So, she lives in Themyscira, the land of the Amazonians, and comes to the rescue of men during World War-2. She later takes up the guise of a normal woman- her alter-ego: Diana Prince, and works as a Secret Services Officer.
Wonderwoman, basically from a clan that despises manly hatred, spreads the message of love, peace and sexual equality... She uses her super-strength and speed to accomplish her goal. She is supposed to have been blessed by many Greek goddesses, including aphrodite...

These are the questions that have been keeping me awake...

1. In the JUSTICE LEAGUE series [cartoons, comics and movies], Wonderwoman works alongside Superman. It is also said that Wonderwoman's physical strength is comparable to Superman's [who, by the way, is the strongest being in the group]. Yet Superman has an appearance that makes us believe he could lift an aeroplane, and Wonderwoman, who can actually do more, looks like an ordinary woman in a skimpy costume...
Why is Superman depicted as a muscular character, while Wonderwoman, who can do whatever Superman does, is not depicted so?


2. Superman is always made to pose in a heroic kind of stand, while Wonderwoman poses like a model [Supermodel, to be exact]. You can see it in the picture above. One reason behind this is that the majority of the artists and the readers are men, and they like to take sexuality with them wherever they go... So, this is how an artist's rendering of a male superhero [let's say, WonderMan?] would look like, if the artist is a woman...



3.The outfit... Again, in order to invoke sexual pleasure, Wonderwoman's costume is reduced to... well you can see that for yourself. If that's the whole idea, why not make her wear a bikini instead, or much better, to appear nude?

4.Now comes in the real kicker. Those who played Superman, had to look different for the alter-ego Clark Kent. As far as I can remember, I made these points of references when i was about 10 or so.

  • Clark has completely groomed hair, while Superman has a tad sticking out.
  • Clark has a polite and submissive tone, while Superman has a bold one.
  • Clark deliberately acts cowardly, while Superman does not.
  • Most importantly Clark has got to wear a pair of dorky round glasses, while Superman hasn't.
But Wonderwoman doesn't show much of a difference between her superhero-self, and her not-so-super self. The only difference is the costume. And they want the viewers to believe that people won't notice the difference [although, in the TV series, she is depicted with spectacles, sometimes].



This can lead to only one sane conclusion- "Diana!! With you wearing a sexy outfit, and showing more skin than necessary, nobody is looking at your face! So you don't have to worry about losing your identity."

5. This is the part, which actually made me take pity on Wonderwoman. These are the stats which i borrowed from the internet.

First Superman comic- June, 1938
First Superman movie- 1978
Time gap- 40 years

First Wonderwoman comic - December, 1941
First Wonderwoman movie- Latest preliminary proposal in 2001
                                                 Subsequent changes made in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010
                                                 As of now, it's due for release in 2013.
Time gap- 72 years [If the movie really comes out!!]

Why is there such a wide difference? Can't you make a single movie in 32 [72-40] years?? This is atrocious... Even Wonderwoman can't escape the clutches of Hollywood politics...

Many a time, i see girls/women whining about their rights being denied and similar crap... I used to wonder- there are special buses for ladies, special coaches in trains for ladies, even special trains- completely for women, quota on almost everything for women, and the list goes on... And still they don't stop complaining??? Whew!

As an information, it is women who don't care when their rights are being taken away, and when they realise it after a loooooong time, they start protesting. Men, on the other hand, don't care about it, as they hardly have any time left to worry about stolen rights...

Lastly, as a measure to ensure my blog's longevity, i herewith enclose the most powerful weapon, mankind [specifically men] has ever faced- Megan Fox!!:)


7 comments:

  1. unna Superheros pathi ezhuthartha niruthu na.. u ve ended up writin bout super heroines !!

    Women seek rights for being treated equally in the society.. we never sought after.. or begged for any equal rights in the superhero community.. We re very much clear bout the fact that, the "superhero" stuffs are fictitious. so.. superheros a paathoma.. admire pannoma.. athoda niruthipom.. But.. men on d oder hand.. not onli create a series of unbelievable Superheros.. but also Misunderstand, wat women ask for.. equal rights ketta, u try givin equality in a Non existing world.. and.. its men wo create the super women stuffs.. chumma.. for their pozhutu pokku.. Obviousli, the outfits and appearances of the super women would be lik quenching the desires of their creators.. There's nothing to wonder bout this.. and.. It is evident that, these super women stuffs were created by men for "no one's sake" and there s nothing to wonder, even if the said film doesn get released for next 2 decades..

    So.. naanga kettatha seinga.. kekaathathellam fun kaaga senjuttu, atha neenglae comment adikaathenga :) :)

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  2. This is what i get for taking sides with women for once... Pongadi neengalum unga uruppadadha rights-um!!!

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  3. odi poiru.. i wish ur amma sees this post.. :)

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  4. Adhennadi aana oona ammava paakka solliduvennu dialog??
    Enna poochandi kaatriya??
    Unakku bayandha Achyuthan school-oda setthuttan...
    Blog ezhudhara Achyuthan Aandavana thavira vera yaarukkum bayappada maattan...

    PS: Dhayavu panni engamma kitta pottu kudutthudadhe...:(

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  5. ithukku mela naa ethuvum inga comment adikka virumbala.. :) :)

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  6. dai... enna thaanda solla vara ? Unna comic mind ah SHUT DOWN pannu.. there are a lot of things that you can write about, Mr. Superhero. This is the least of those. You have got the stuff, you ve got the talent. try something informative please.. Comic stuff is all over with an age. if you are still Stuck up with comics, i have only one thing to tell..
    நீ இன்னும் வளரவே இல்லியா டா ?

    Otherwise, the fun part is Excellant. You ve got loads of skill, as always.

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  7. Sollitteengalla?
    Senjuduvom Swamiji!!

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