MONDAY MOTIVATION: There’s More to Wonder

“What you applaud you encourage, but beware what you celebrate…” ~ Ravi Zacharias

One of the most successful comic book films ever was recently released. The fact that is has surpassed Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy still leaves me in shock.

Wonder Woman has, “defied all expectations at the box office to be well on its way to being the summer’s biggest earner. How it’s already Warner Bros.’ third highest grossing film of all time, or how, as it pushed past Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to join Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as one of the top two earning domestic films of the year…”
(http://www.cbr.com/why-wonder-woman-success-important/)

Between WW’s main character, director, lead actress, and audience, Hollywood is throwing a huge XX party and everyone seems to be partaking.

But where is this party train going? That question was answered recently…

Preface:

I listen to music as I write. It sets the mood.

I was on YouTube enjoying an ambient soundtrack only to be interrupted by a new commercial I just had to view. It was the backstory to Wonder Woman, 2017’s most successful movie, and I was shocked.

Problem:

I grew up on DC shows like Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman. I loved them.  But I am very ignorant of comic books.

Even though I thoroughly enjoy the movies, shows, and once upon a time, the cartoons inspired by such writings, I am clueless overall.

And I’m okay with that. I have far too little time to spend digging through the depths of DC.

But given WW’s recent success, its political propagation among the public (many of whom I’m sure are just as ignorant of the comics as I am), and now this backstory going mainstream, I had to enter the conversation.

And let’s not forget that many foretold 2017 would be the year of Hillary. Irony? Perhaps. But make no mistake, there is a movement and it’s gaining momentum.

A year of women? Indeed. But with all the messages and their associated mediums and methods, I am left more and more in wonder myself…

I’m left with questions at this point.  But first, a definition and description for polyamory.

Polyamory:

1) Means “many loves” (compound word from the Greek “poly” and Latin “amor”)

2) No religious affiliation (unlike polygamy, meaning “many marriages,” seen among Muslims and Mormons)

3) Open romantic or sexual relations among all parties (similar to swingers)

4) Open to any number and gender (unlike polygamy)

5) Tendency is more short-term

6) Less culturally acceptable (even in polygamous cultures)

At a surface level, some might say that polygamy, which has a pretty high “Ew!” factor among many, has superior standards! At least there is some form of legality and faithfulness.

A polyamorous individual says you can only cheat when those rules exist. (see http://www.yourtango.com/experts/mr-mike-hatcher/polyamory-vs-polygamy-what-difference-between-two)

This is friends with benefits, a pornographic fantasy lived out.

…I saw what really happened all those times he went for water,
When we were at the movie theatre watching Harry Potter.
He had his hands on every single girl he laid his eyes on.
Hate to break it to ya, he’s a pylon.
And even when he kissed her, he was looking over staring at her sister.

Practice:

Outside of God becoming a man, women are the best thing that have ever come into this world. Ask any honest man. As a son, husband, and father of daughters, I speak from experience.

They are intrinsically of infinite value, far beyond any vernacular’s description. (Gen. 1:26-28; 2:18-24; Ps. 8:4-8; Jn. 20:1-18) And yet they have been trashed by so many throughout history.

The wounds are deep, understandably so, creating a vacuum for identity, affirmation, respect, inclusion and so on.

Here are the questions I’m currently wrestling with:

What is happening? Where are we going when yesterday’s taboos are today’s touching tales?

I’m reminded of G.K. Chesterton’s wise warning, “Whenever you remove any fence, always pause long enough to ask why it was put there in the first place.”

Is there more to traditional taboo? Is progress really a push and prohibition against the past?

Is Wonder Woman, a procreation of polyamorous persons, the true and best champion for women?

Is the product of a polyamorist capable of providing our women with the pride, protection, respect, honor, value and dignity that they so desperately deserve in our pornified world?

Is this not like the National Organization for Women hiring someone akin to Donald Trump as their PR?

Is it possible and preferable to rail against a man’s infidelity while celebrating and utilizing another’s?

Clearly, freedom is drastically expanding to take on brand new ideas. The individuals living the morals are determining the ethics, and exclusive fidelity is not one of them. Loyalty is simply reduced to honesty. No more Disney’s “one true love” and “happily ever after.”

I agree, kissing a woman while lustfully glancing at her sister is deceitful, but it’s more than that. It’s devoid of any devotion. Personhood is desecrated by this perversion.

As I consider Wonder Woman, at first I noticed all of her embodied strength and beauty. This is what we are supposed to see. But, like many things, I now realize that was just the surface.

Now, as I consider Wonder Woman through the lens of Dr. Marston’s polyamorous inspirations, I’m seeing the Wonder increase while Women decrease.

“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.”
― G.K. Chesterton

Come back next week to discuss how Jesus, not Dr. Marston, brings the ultimate fulfillment to not only personhood, but specifically, womanhood.

 

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