In early October, it was announced that Wonder Woman was being made a U.N. Honorary Ambassador as part of an initiative to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” Wonder Woman’s participation in this has been cancelled.
Apparently, during the announcement, 50 U.N. staffers turned their back in protest because she’s both fictional and dang sexy. In a petition against the appointment, Wonder Woman was described in these terms:
Although the original creators may have intended Wonder Woman to represent a strong and independent ‘warrior’ woman with a feminist message, the reality is that the character’s current iteration is that of a large breasted, white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit with an American flag motif and knee high boots –the epitome of a “pin-up” girl.
The protesters are also asking that the U.N. consider a real human woman as an ambassador, writing, “The bottom line appears to be that the United Nations was unable to find a real life woman that would be able to champion the rights of ALL women on the issue of gender equality and the fight for their empowerment.” This all said, it’s actually not uncommon for the U.N. to appoint fictional characters as ambassadors, so Wonder Woman’s appointment was probably not intended to be an insult aimed at all of womankind.
Nonetheless, the petition has accrued almost 45,000 signatures, and The Guardian reports that Wonder Woman is being sent back to Themyscira. She is officially out of office on Friday, making her tenure as an official symbol of empowerment only two months long. Sad. Personally, I appreciate an ambassador with a dedication to truth and justice and incredible thigh definition.
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It’s a shame her name has been sullied in this fracas, but the planned release of a WW comic about the empowerment of women and girls will still be released, according to DC spokesperson Courtney Simmons. In a statement, Simmons reminds us that this super hero won’t be defined by one bad work experience, saying, “Wonder Woman stands for peace, justice and equality, and for 75 years she has been a motivating force for many and will continue to be long after the conclusion of her UN honorary ambassadorship.”