Saturday 16 December 2017

Leave Wonder Woman to the comic books - serious issues need serious role models

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in the 1980s TV series Picture: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images
Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in the 1980s TV series Picture: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images
Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

The United Nations has come under severe criticism for choosing comic book character Wonder Woman as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.

To be fair, choosing a scantily clad white woman with large breasts spilling out over her very tight, skimpy body suit (aka big knickers and a rib-crushing corset) was possibly not the organisation's best decision.

Unsurprisingly, social media, many of the women employed by the UN, and women in general, went nuts. So far, more than 1,000 anonymous and "concerned" UN staff members have signed an online petition arguing that Wonder Woman was not an appropriate choice - scantily clad in a thigh-baring bodysuit with an American flag motif and knee-high boots. You can see their point.

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