No Capes, No Masks, No Boundaries: Super-Women Unite!

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No Capes, No Masks, No Boundaries: Super-Women Unite!

Below the Belt: A Biweekly Column by NOW President Kim Gandy
June 18, 2008

The commentary by Kim Gandy lists the achievements of a few feminist superheroes who worked away to obtain advances for women. The pickings are slim and make for a sour comparison in relation to the achievements of men throughout history. She lists none of those achievements by men, but she muses about what name to pick for the NOW conference:

….After all, the conference is in the middle of July, deep in summer movie season – that time of year when big action flicks, particularly those of the superhero variety, dominate the landscape. So far we’ve had Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, and coming soon are The Dark Knight (the latest incarnation of Batman), Hellboy II, and Hancock (something new with Will Smith).

What do all these films have in common? Well, they all revolve around men, of course. Throughout the history of the comic book genre and the movies they’ve inspired, the vast majority of superheroes have been men. A few women have made their mark – Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Catwoman – but they sure don’t get the same ink or screen time as the men.

How about feminists as superheroes?

So we decided to do a side-by-side comparison of feminists and fictional superheroes, and we uncovered some stunning similarities.

Both feminists and superheroes are dedicated to fighting injustice. In order to do this, they often face off against corrupt, malicious villains out to dominate the world (Bush and Cheney, anyone?).

Like most superheroes, many feminists experience a defining moment in their lives when they realize their destiny. Often an act of violence, cruelty or discrimination targeting them or a family member leads a feminist (or a superheroe [sic.]) to spend a lifetime helping others avoid the same fate….  More….

Moreover, Kim Gandy does not deliver what the title of her comment promises: the absence of boundaries. Her commentary quite clearly identifies boundaries, the boundaries of a universe limited and confined by advances of feminism and ostensible benefits to women that are being paid for by all of society, largely to the detriment of women.

So, let’s take a look at some of the achievements by men who worked to bring about improvements not only for men or for women, but for the human condition and the advancement of progress for all of civilization.

….The typical feminist belittling done by Elizabeth Farrelly of literary tributes by and to men betrays an even more typical feminist ignorance of the respect that society once had for men and even more so with regard to the literary giants produced by mankind. All of those literary giants were without exception men. Beginning with Homer, Aristotle and Plato, there was a long succession of men that worked as philosophers, poets and scientists who time and again examined everything and anything relating to man’s existence and devised a steady stream of improvements of the human condition. That still is being done by men today, even though feminists began some decades ago their increasingly successful and counter-productive program for the deconstruction of families and civilization.

From the design and construction of the great Gothic cathedrals to the creation of masterpieces of culinary art, far more was used and necessary than the monsyllabic vocabulary Elizabeth Farrelly speculates was customary fifty years ago. Without a doubt, every one of the wonders and masterpieces of artistic expressions throughout the history of mankind was virtually without exception the work of men….

From: A nation of pansies

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