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What Do You Choose to be Called?

Sexy, smart and strong women have long been nicknamed, most often by men. Some carry negative connotations and others are somewhat endearing.

A few examples:

Skirt, Doll, and Dish – Skirt and Doll imply a cute, flirty and fun girl. Dish says, to me, a woman so delectable, a man can’t live without her.

Broad, Dame and Twist – These are slightly less complimentary. A Broad is a voluptuous woman, mainly in the derriere and one you don’t dare cross. A Dame is like a Broad but she cares a little more about her looks, using well-applied make-up. A Twist, to me, connotes a woman with special skills in the boudoir.

Floozy, Strumpet and Trollop – All of these  names suggest a women with loose morals, but don’t they sound like  potent cocktails (Cherry Floozy) or delicious pastries (Strumpet and cream)?

And then, there are those often offered up with a dose of sarcasm:

Little Miss Sunshine: A woman who happens to be happy with her life and carries through with a positive attitude.

Susie Homemaker: A woman who enjoys making a comfortable home for her family and is adept at baking, decorating and choosing fashionable clothing (or making everything herself).

Superwoman: A woman who balances many hats with aplomb, like elder caretaker, employee, wife, gardener, cook, committee chairperson, community volunteer, PTA president and soccer mom.

The only nickname I wouldn’t mind being called is

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman first appeared in a comic book series in 1941.

Feminist, Gloria Steinem chose the image of Wonder Woman for the cover of her first issue of Ms. Magazine in July, 1972.

The TV series, Wonder Woman, followed in the late 1970s, starring Lynda Carter.

She was the perfect woman – powerful, graceful, sexy, tough, smart and compassionate, determined to expose the truth and punish the evil.

She looked really cute in glasses, too.

Male TV viewers fell in love/lust with her.

More than that, Wonder Woman was a great role model for all women. She didn’t let a man push her around, unless she wanted to be pushed.

She believed in herself and followed her heart, even when her path wasn’t what others wanted for her.

According to Wikipedia, “Wonder Woman’s viewpoints and characteristics reflect those of her creator, William Moulton Marston, who was a strong supporter of feminist ideals and female empowerment.

In a 1943 issue of The American Scholar, Marston wrote:

Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”
What image would you be comfortable with?

Shouldn’t we all strive to be our own version of Wonder Woman?

Discussion

  1. Jolyse Barnett  July 11, 2012

    I was a huge fan of Wonder Woman as a little girl. She was the only comic book/tv hero I related to and saw as a role-model. Yes, we have to be careful about trying to accomplish it all, and trying to be everything to everyone. Been there, done that, and it leads to nowhere good.

    Be true to yourself, and focus on your goals. If you do that, you’re a Wonder Woman as far as I’m concerned. :)

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    • Marcia  July 11, 2012

      How right you are, Jolyse! Thanks!

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  2. Subtlekate  July 11, 2012

    There is a quote I like. “There is nothing more annoying than a woman who refuses to hate herself.” I always think of it when someone tries to put me down for being smart, in control and living life.

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    • Marcia  July 11, 2012

      I like that, Kate. Haters are jealous and just enjoy making others feel badly. Stay strong!

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  3. stfburg  July 11, 2012

    You left out the B word. Which often describes strong women.
    I would like to be called Mary Poppins “practically perfect in every way.”
    It would be a lie but, I would like it!

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    • Marcia  July 11, 2012

      Yeah, I left out a ton of those kinds of words but, you’re right about the B word. Though that, to me, describes a miserable strong woman. I like ‘Mary Poppins’! I’ll bet it suits you more than not! :)

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  4. Donna@Gardens Eye View  July 11, 2012

    I strive for a balance and try to be true to myself. I fell into the Wonder Woman trap a bit when I tried to do everything well and found I was human and couldn’t…I say be a bit careful to stay balanced as a wonder woman. The other terms…no way…hate those terms…

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    • Marcia  July 11, 2012

      I hear ya, Donna. I think though that WW sets the example…strong but compassionate, sexy and beautiful but smart and confident. I agree with you on the all those other terms.

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