Skip to comments.Wonder Woman Behind the Curves
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.
Has anyone ever explained why there is an “EXIT” sign above the window in this photo?
Uh, it’s a Federal Government project.
Any other silly questions?
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
that is WAY too much analysis for a comic book character
Lynda Carter may be a liberal Democrat tool, but she is easy on the eyes
Lynda Carter ... the first woman that made me realize early on that there’s something cool about attractive women :-).
Yeah and it was you dumba$$ WOMEN who put Hussein in the White House!
Booth is playing a Nerd for their Halloween Party but who's looking at him? Maybe Gaybama!
is used to be easy on the eyes..."
Wonder woman today...
Still not guilty!!! At 58.
Considering her age, she looks great.
Could you pass me the brain bleach, Kas? I'm gonna need it after I pull my head from the Porcelain Princess....
Oh I agree! But 30 years is 30 years.
I guess that this is just "greater".
Ewwww. . .she needed to shave her pits in this picture. (Yeah, I know guys. You weren’t looking at her pits.)
Think about that before you get married, and learn to deal with it;)
There. . .fixed it.
Some age more gracefully than others.
I think she's lovely.
“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.
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??
My sons always said she had nice eyes.
I’d hit it.
I’d hit it.
There's something wrong with those two fellows in your picture.
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.
Well, 'ol Bill Clinton probably thinks she looks great, but then again, he thinks Peruvian mummies are hot.
I stand by my assessment. Lynda Carter is still lovely.
Notice I do not use the term "hot".
She could tie me up with that lasso of truth!!!
I would probably tell the truth anyway, lasso or not...;-)
Man, you just had to go and ruin a perfectly good thread...Crap!!!
Yer a sick puppy!
I had a poster of that on my wall as a kid 30 years ago! I hung it for 2-3 years.
I’ll hold yer beer.............
At this point, we need to remind ourselves what the Founding Fathers would have said:
“All cats are gray in the dark.” - Benjamin Franklin
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess you WEREN’T speaking about the pic on Post #30?
The chick in #30 is HOT......
I'd HAVE to hit that.
My adolescent years were great. Between Lynda and Olivia...sigh
She's 58, still a beautiful woman.