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Wonder Woman Behind the Curves
Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2010 | Suzanne Fields

Posted on 07/09/2010 1:07:47 PM PDT by Kaslin

Wonder Woman got a makeover, but she's still behind the curves. Her designers seem not to realize that for decades women have been in the ascendancy in the marketplace, and it's male action heroes who require a makeover, literally and figuratively. Exceptions still rule the imaginations of children, but in the world where most grown-ups live, the male sex seems to need a Wonder Man to idealize possibilities.

Or to put it bluntly, woman is the new man.

For the first time, women make up the majority of the workforce. Women dominate the numbers in undergraduate education and in professional schools. Three women to every two men will earn a B.A. this year. More women than men are studying to become doctors and lawyers. More women than men are managers. Women who were furious when a talking Barbie said, "Math is hard," now have the chance to disprove that. Women now make up 54 percent of the accountants, and they're running about even in jobs of banking and insurance.

Women are accelerating their rise in politics, too, though so far there's no proof that they'll be different from their male counterparts in effectiveness, even though conventional biological wisdom suggests they bring a different way of looking at legislation as well as life. The female speaker of the House hasn't balanced the budget (and shows little interest in doing so), but traditionally "soft," feminine qualities of empathy and cooperation are in demand in the marketplace.

The familiar aggressive male approaches characterized in the sitcom "Mad Men," about cut-throat ad men in the 1950s, are out. Hierarchical structures that governed positions of leadership a half-century ago are rapidly being replaced by horizontal models. The hard edges of the table, with a CEO at the head, have been sanded and rounded for oval-shaped seminars.

"Men dominate just two of the 15 job categories projected to grow the most over the next decade: janitor and computer engineer," writes Hanna Rosin in an essay titled "The End of Men" in Atlantic magazine. "Women have everything else -- nursing home health assistance, child care, food preparation."

Obviously, these are traditional women's domains, but what's at work here is that women are now getting paid for work for which there is an increasing demand in a service economy. The nanny, in fact, can demand a high salary as her specialty becomes professionalized, and more upper-middle class women seek educated women to be the substitute mommy as they leave the home to enter the workforce.

Women haven't made breakthroughs in science like their male counterparts, but it's not politically correct (or socially acceptable) for men to say out loud what they think of distaff abilities in the lab. When Larry Summers as president of Harvard did that, he had to give up the academic life in Cambridge for a political one in Washington. (Not necessarily a bad trade.)

Although chauvinist attitudes remain, male scientists are becoming more supportive of women. "They've come around," cellular biologist Elaine Fuchs tells The New York Times. Scientists, like other male professionals, are witnessing changing times and learning how to take advantage of female wallet power. (Who do you think is buying those expensive designer pocketbooks?)

Increasing numbers of wives earn more than their husbands. Automobile salesman who used to ignore women in the showroom now cater to the ladies, consulting their wishes not only on color and comfort but horsepower and miles per gallon. Automobile ads, however, are still aimed at men. The much-remarked Super Bowl commercial for the Dodge Charger challenged the dominatrix-dominated, macho-challenged, pectoral-deficient males, who in the female view need an aggressive car to rev up their own motors. This car was described in capital letters: MAN'S LAST STAND.

Fashion, always quick to reflect a change in power relations between the sexes, shows costumes for men who suffer from premature emasculation. In last week's Paris shows for spring, male models walked down the runway showing off skinny legs in high waist shorts, with a feminine dickey peeking out from the neckline of their sweaters. Especially eye-catching were shorts that looked like skirts with a flap of material inserted between the legs.

Nobody expects a man to wear such things, but lurking beneath frivolous skirmishes in the war between the sexes are the children who suffer because they are raised without fathers and have no masculine model. Increasing numbers of unmarried women prefer sperm from the deep freeze rather than the warm-blooded male in the bed. With men in such apparent retreat, you wonder why women still plot, scheme and sometimes play dirty just to get one. Even Wonder Woman hasn't fixed that.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: comicbooks; dc; feminism; metrosexuals; savethemales; sexist; timewarner; wonderwoman
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1 posted on 07/09/2010 1:07:48 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

ttiuwp


2 posted on 07/09/2010 1:11:37 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Arizona: Just doing the job 0bamacrats won't do!)
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To: Kaslin

Metrosexual
3 posted on 07/09/2010 1:13:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Uncle Miltie
"Did someone call my name?"


4 posted on 07/09/2010 1:13:47 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Arizona: Just doing the job 0bamacrats won't do!)
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To: Kaslin

Oh brother...


5 posted on 07/09/2010 1:14:32 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Uncle Miltie

6 posted on 07/09/2010 1:14:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Kaslin
For the first time, women make up the majority of the workforce.

I'd much rather be home baking cookies so, thanks a lot "ladies"!
7 posted on 07/09/2010 1:16:51 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: Uncle Miltie

8 posted on 07/09/2010 1:16:52 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Arizona: Just doing the job 0bamacrats won't do!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

?


9 posted on 07/09/2010 1:17:29 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: BenLurkin

Has anyone ever explained why there is an “EXIT” sign above the window in this photo?


10 posted on 07/09/2010 1:18:24 PM PDT by Moby Grape (Formerly Impeach the Boy...name change necessary after the Marxist won)
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To: BenLurkin

11 posted on 07/09/2010 1:18:45 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Arizona: Just doing the job 0bamacrats won't do!)
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To: Moby Grape

Uh, it’s a Federal Government project.

Any other silly questions?


12 posted on 07/09/2010 1:19:41 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Arizona: Just doing the job 0bamacrats won't do!)
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To: Kaslin
Women dominate the numbers in undergraduate education and in professional schools.

You can say that again - Med, Dental, and Pharmacy schools 2010 the entering classes are 70% female.

But stats for graduating class of 2000 - 10 years after graduating the number of real grunting clinicians (those practicing) the proportion is like 80:20 male : female.

Thhings that make you go hmmmm

13 posted on 07/09/2010 1:20:13 PM PDT by corkoman
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To: Kaslin
Fashion, always quick to reflect a change in power relations between the sexes, shows costumes for men who suffer from premature emasculation. In last week's Paris shows for spring, male models walked down the runway showing off skinny legs in high waist shorts, with a feminine dickey peeking out from the neckline of their sweaters. Especially eye-catching were shorts that looked like skirts with a flap of material inserted between the legs.


14 posted on 07/09/2010 1:20:50 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: Kaslin

that is WAY too much analysis for a comic book character


15 posted on 07/09/2010 1:21:27 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Uncle Miltie

Lynda Carter may be a liberal Democrat tool, but she is easy on the eyes


16 posted on 07/09/2010 1:22:16 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Uncle Miltie

Lynda Carter ... the first woman that made me realize early on that there’s something cool about attractive women :-).


17 posted on 07/09/2010 1:25:49 PM PDT by edh (I need a better tagline)
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To: Kaslin

Yeah and it was you dumba$$ WOMEN who put Hussein in the White House!


18 posted on 07/09/2010 1:27:21 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Kaslin
Emily Deschanel on "Bones" dressed as Wonder Woman.

Booth is playing a Nerd for their Halloween Party but who's looking at him? Maybe Gaybama!

19 posted on 07/09/2010 1:27:47 PM PDT by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
"...but she is easy on the eyes..."

"...but she is used to be easy on the eyes..."

Wonder woman today...

20 posted on 07/09/2010 1:35:56 PM PDT by skimbell
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To: skimbell

Still not guilty!!! At 58.


21 posted on 07/09/2010 1:37:30 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: skimbell

Considering her age, she looks great.


22 posted on 07/09/2010 1:38:34 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
that is WAY too much analysis for a comic book character


Considering that comic books have always been a reflection of the society and culture from which they are drawn, I think analysis is warranted. Too many people write off comics as a waste of time, silly entertainment, or "just another form of art."

Comics are a social commentary as much as any documentary. They just target a different audience and use fantastic characters and situations to address societal issues.

Captain America is the best example. He was created and first appeared in 1941. It's no accident that his creation coincided with United States involvement with the war.

But even modern comics serve as a platform for political commentary. Writer Mark Millar used The Ultimates 2 to make a statement against U.S. foreign policy and involvement. It's no surprise that many comic book readers are leaning left. After all, their heroes are becoming more liberal.

It's a common mistake to write off the fancies of youth as unimportant, but remember that those fancies influence their thinking and can have very real consequences in the political arena.

Food for thought.
23 posted on 07/09/2010 1:40:27 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: Kaslin
In last week's Paris shows for spring, male models walked down the runway showing off skinny legs in high waist shorts, with a feminine dickey peeking out from the neckline of their sweaters. Especially eye-catching were shorts that looked like skirts with a flap of material inserted between the legs.

Could you pass me the brain bleach, Kas? I'm gonna need it after I pull my head from the Porcelain Princess....

24 posted on 07/09/2010 1:43:40 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: ArrogantBustard
"...Considering her age, she looks great...

Oh I agree! But 30 years is 30 years.

I guess that this is just "greater".

25 posted on 07/09/2010 1:47:37 PM PDT by skimbell
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To: Uncle Miltie

Ewwww. . .she needed to shave her pits in this picture. (Yeah, I know guys. You weren’t looking at her pits.)


26 posted on 07/09/2010 1:48:18 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: skimbell

Think about that before you get married, and learn to deal with it;)


27 posted on 07/09/2010 1:49:55 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Oldpuppymax
Yeah and it was you some dumba$$ WOMEN and a bunch of metrosexual men who put Hussein in the White House!

There. . .fixed it.

28 posted on 07/09/2010 1:50:55 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: skimbell
Women age ... so do men.

Some age more gracefully than others.

I think she's lovely.

29 posted on 07/09/2010 1:51:22 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Kaslin

30 posted on 07/09/2010 1:51:54 PM PDT by McBuff
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To: corkoman

“But stats for graduating class of 2000 - 10 years after graduating the number of real grunting clinicians (those practicing) the proportion is like 80:20 male : female.”

This (the lack of real commitment to practice) was known when affirmative action was used to prejudice admissions to med school etc. against men. They did it for “equality” and to keep the feminists from shrieking louder.


31 posted on 07/09/2010 1:58:11 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: BenLurkin

Why is he putting up a curtain when the painting is obviously not completed. What a doofus...What the hell is he trying to prove??


32 posted on 07/09/2010 2:04:37 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

My sons always said she had nice eyes.


33 posted on 07/09/2010 2:06:08 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: skimbell

I’d hit it.


34 posted on 07/09/2010 2:10:11 PM PDT by Lazamataz (.... because, yes, I would.)
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To: McBuff

I’d hit it.


35 posted on 07/09/2010 2:12:23 PM PDT by Lazamataz (.... because, yes, I would.)
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To: BenLurkin
That just ain't right for college guys. Two thumbtacks and a bedsheet would work.

There's something wrong with those two fellows in your picture.

36 posted on 07/09/2010 2:22:05 PM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: Kaslin
Or to put it bluntly, woman is the new man.

I was at a huge music festival in Milwaukee a couple weeks ago. Thousands and thousands of people from all stripes came. More than anything else, I was surprised to see just how masculine women have become.

37 posted on 07/09/2010 2:24:27 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: ArrogantBustard
Considering her age, she looks great.

Well, 'ol Bill Clinton probably thinks she looks great, but then again, he thinks Peruvian mummies are hot.

38 posted on 07/09/2010 2:26:00 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: fhayek; Lazamataz
Bill Clinton and Laz seem to have approximately the same taste in women, photoshop jobs, and gelded llamas.

I stand by my assessment. Lynda Carter is still lovely.

Notice I do not use the term "hot".

39 posted on 07/09/2010 2:30:15 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

She could tie me up with that lasso of truth!!!

I would probably tell the truth anyway, lasso or not...;-)


40 posted on 07/09/2010 2:57:23 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: McBuff

Man, you just had to go and ruin a perfectly good thread...Crap!!!

;-)


41 posted on 07/09/2010 2:58:42 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: Lazamataz

Yer a sick puppy!


42 posted on 07/09/2010 3:00:17 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: skimbell

I had a poster of that on my wall as a kid 30 years ago! I hung it for 2-3 years.


43 posted on 07/09/2010 4:30:04 PM PDT by ducttape45
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To: Lazamataz

I’ll hold yer beer.............


44 posted on 07/09/2010 4:30:48 PM PDT by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: skimbell

At this point, we need to remind ourselves what the Founding Fathers would have said:

“All cats are gray in the dark.” - Benjamin Franklin


45 posted on 07/09/2010 4:52:33 PM PDT by redpoll
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To: Lazamataz

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess you WEREN’T speaking about the pic on Post #30?


46 posted on 07/09/2010 5:46:01 PM PDT by orlop9
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Dude.

The chick in #30 is HOT......

I'd HAVE to hit that.

47 posted on 07/09/2010 5:47:11 PM PDT by Lazamataz (.... because, yes, I would.)
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To: edh
Lynda Carter ... the first woman that made me realize early on that there’s something cool about attractive women :-).

My adolescent years were great. Between Lynda and Olivia...sigh


48 posted on 07/09/2010 6:04:03 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: skimbell

From 2009


2008

She's 58, still a beautiful woman.

49 posted on 07/09/2010 6:12:08 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: mountn man
Don't forget the Bionic Woman!


50 posted on 07/09/2010 6:15:41 PM PDT by Bratch
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