Wonder Woman, sometime paramour of Superman with her bullet shaped bras (Superman has a fetish?) and athletic legs, has long been considered a heroine in her own right by millions of fans – girls and boys alike. But is she a good role model?
When my second son insisted on checking out a Justice League book from the library with she of the Barbie waist and wedgie-defying leotard on the cover, I cringed. Surely this was not appropriate fare for a young developing mind. At the very least it would teach him that breasts are self supporting and GoGo boots are the footwear of choice when fighting crime – both concepts that would make a real-life woman laugh hysterically before remembering with both chagrin and nostalgia the little girl she used to be who was Wonder Woman seven years in a row for Halloween. (Not that I’ll ever admit to it. Or to the red, white & blue swimsuit with tin foil armbands that has grown musty with age but still has a place of honor in my memory box.)
My second son being the stubborn child he is, he made his case (loudly) and I acquiesed (quietly) and the book came home with us. That night during bedtime stories, I discovered the first page has WW’s vital stats, because of course we judge even our Superheroines by their bust-waist-hip. But before I could roll my eyes a second time, I was first surprised and then impressed to note that WW is (are you ready for this?):
Height: 5 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 155 lbs
Birth Date: Winter 1941
Real Name: Diana
So besides being surprised that Wonder Woman is not her actual name (next thing you’ll tell me He-Man is really Dexter) and that one can be an ambassador with a cloth-to-flesh ratio that would embarrass a street walker, I was impressed to note that her animators had actually given her a very realistic weight for her height! This gives her a BMI of 21, solidly in the “normal” range. (note: BMI charts are totally fine for comparing cartoons. Just don’t attempt using them on yourself. Unless you’re Jessica Rabbit – you minx, you.) Not bad for a 69-year-old!
The other Superheroines also followed suit: “Oracle” is 5 ft. 6 in. and 126 lbs. “Queen Bee” is 5 ft 9 in and an impressive 226 lbs! Hellloooo Queen Latifa! The only ridiculousness is “Sorceress” who is “tall as a willow” and “light as a feather.” Of course, she was invented in 2000 and bears more than a passing resemblance to Linda Evangelista.
It seems like Wonder Woman, fake as she is, at least has a good self-image. I’m not saying she’s perfect but at least she has some serious muscles. Ever seen a Bratzz doll? Point made. Now, if she would just lose the implants and the boots, she might regain a place in my heart;)