MONDAY MOTIVATION: THERE’S MORE TO WONDER (pt 2)

Hello, Hipsters, and happy Monday!  Let’s get motivated as we look for more meaning in the media.

Last week we discussed polyamory and its necessary ingredient for creating Wonder Woman, one of 2017’s top grossing movies!  See “There’s More to Wonder.”

Wow, I never knew the breadth of topics HOPE4Hipsters would reach.

But given the success, politicization, and backstory of Wonder Woman coming out this fall, you know we had to go there.

Preface:

In this post, I want to shift to how and where women, and humanity, can find value.  But first, there is still more to plow through after all of the polyamory before we can relish in the resolution.

Ready?

The following excerpts were taken from:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/complex-gender-politics-wonder-woman-movie-1008259

That’s the challenge — how to tell a story of a woman and make it universal,” says Gal Gadot, the 32-year-old Israeli actress who stars as the Amazonian princess with bullet-deflecting bracelets. We are all used to having male protagonists in movies [directed by men]. But the way Patty has captured the Wonder Woman character, she is very relatable to everyone. Boy, girl, man, woman — everyone can relate to her.”

If you haven’t noticed yet, Wonder Woman is more than a movie for many people.  From the creators to the consumers, it is cultural correction.  As the video above described, this is “the new woman.”

The problem is that tentpole opportunities for women — or any movie directing jobs, for that matter — are still pretty rare … and getting rarer. Despite an increased spotlight on diversity and inclusion, female filmmakers actually lost ground in 2016…I’m sure there’s a long history of belief that certain jobs are masculine,” says Jenkins.

And this is where I really want to focus (I’m only taking their lead) — the identity of women.

…producer Deborah Snyder insists “the marketing push is to get everyone” and that female audiences “want to see a strong, empowered woman kicking ass.”

Furthermore,

We love how fresh and timely it feels to be coming out with a kick-ass female superhero movie right now, giving a lesson in some serious female empowerment,” says Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer at Warners.

Problem:

Dr. William Marston’s polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth and former student, Olive Byrne, was key to his creation of Wonder Woman.

We know this by now.  But why were these women key?

It was their feminist ideals and even their looks, fashion, and progressive views on sex that inspired the comic hero we all know and love today.

(see “New Professor Marston & the Wonder Women Trailer Delves Into Wonder Woman’s Queer, Feminist, Kinky Origins”)

Continuing on, the following excerpts were taken from:

(http://ew.com/movies/2017/07/18/professor-marston-and-the-wonder-women-trailer/)

Wonder Woman, among other things, is an amalgamation of William, Elizabeth, and Olive’s concerns with psychology, feminism, bondage, and pacifism.

“It was just this fascinating story behind them,” Angela Robinson, writer and director for, “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” says. “They invented a lie detector and he kind of lived in a polyamorous relationship with his wife and one of his students, Olive Byrne, and they all had kids together and lived together for many, many years.”

Because of the need for secrecy, there’s this sense that the Wonder Woman comic became their means of exploring what they had to keep hidden.

“For me, not to get heady about it, the dialectic in the movie was between fantasy and reality, and that they really found freedom in their lives in this notion of fantasy, be it role play [or] the comics,” says Robinson.

Practice:

The preview for WW’s backstory movie includes:

“Every issue of Wonder Woman is filled with violence, torture and sadomasochism…This abnormal behavior of your comic is reckless.”

The irony here is deep considering the maker of this film, Angela Robinson, makes a career off of what many throughout history have considered to be sexual abnormalities.  A recklessness that our culture feeds on today.

But this is, “a superhero character that young girls could look up to.”

Really?

I’m a father to three children, two of them girls.  And like the last WW post, I have some questions.

These inquiries will take a step back though and not be isolated to polyamorous abnormalities.  I find the need to look at the big picture of womanhood and where purpose and identity are to be found.

Before I get to the questions, I want to reiterate my foundation for writing on this topic in the first place.  I wrote the following in my previous WW post and will stress these truths again:

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; Gen. 2:18-24; Ps. 8:4-8; Jn. 20:1-18

Watch this brief clip I recently found and be encouraged with the multiple woman-affirming truths from Scripture:

 

Women are highly exalted and esteemed in the Judeo-Christian worldview.  As a Christian, I must admit that I had not seen the beauty and grandeur as I should have!

Unfortunately, the Bible is often reduced to a few negative or questionable passages.  It’s been abused or ignored even.

And the reality is that fallen humanity always looks for someone to oppress; women know this better than most.

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

So here are the questions I’m now wrestling with on womanhood and the role models I desire for my daughters:

Is a woman’s dignity, value, mystique, and splendor summarily found in a fictional character that “kicks ass?”

Given the brutal history that has vexed womanhood, are the ladies of our lives truly finding identity, affirmation, purpose, respect, and inclusion through the G.I. Janes that Hollywood feeds us?

Is this not a prescription for women to become more like men?!  Is success secured by a more masculine, testosterone-driven woman?

Is this really about gender equality or neutrality?

This movie clip does a great job of what I observe in our culture today:

Pretty childish, isn’t it?  It’s funny in film but tragic in reality.  And it’s the beat that many are marching to these days.

As a man, I appreciate women in so many ways.  Primarily, I’m indebted to womankind for their uniqueness and otherness.  The last thing I want or need from my wife is a mirror reflection.

And what about the obvious tension mentioned in the video at the beginning?  Wonder Woman has been elevated as this iconic role model for women.  But on the other side of this coin, we also acknowledge how inappropriate the character and all her symbology truly are for our daughters.

In an effort to raise daughters of power, purity and piety, I would never draw from the wells of pornographic perversion where women are constantly dehumanized.

But I guess that’s just me.

I close this post similar to the way I did the last one:

As I consider Wonder Woman, at first I noticed all of her embodied strength, patriotism 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 (and feminist) inspirations, I’m seeing the Wonder increase while Women decrease.

The abandonment of conventional identities is the flavor of our day.  How long before we find that we’ve thrown ourselves out along with all the other conventions?

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

The true wonder in women comes from their Creator who pays them the highest compliments.

Come back next week to discuss more specifically how Jesus and the Scriptures bring the ultimate fulfillment to humanity, specifically womanhood.

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