Yesterday’s post has me thinking of our gender roles – not necessarily in transitioning but in general. There are house husbands that take care of the home and raise the children while the wife brings home the bacon. There are women that don’t wear makeup and run marathons faster than any man. While there are beautiful males that love to be soft and gentle. Why are the gender norms still so important?
“Oh Mother, stop babying me! I can do anything a boy can do – and better!” - Wonder Girl*
Donna Troy, Wonder Girl, was rescued from a burning building and brought to Paradise Island by Wonder Woman. Queen Hipolyta adopted Donna and the Amazons imbued her with Amazon strengths and abilities from the healing “Purple Ray”. Eventually, Donna left Paradise Island to become “Wonder Girl” and was one of the original Teen Titans (with Robin, Kid Flash, Speedy and Aqualad).
There are women that can do things faster stronger and better than men. There are men who can sew or cook better than women. So then, why can’t we accept each other? Look at the boxer Laila Amaria Ali, the daughter of Muhammad Ali; she has 24 wins with 21 KO’s. Then there’s Rudolf Nureyev, the Danseur, who became a leading male ballet performer. Both people have stepped out of the traditional male/female role to be masters at their craft and the model of what it means to be male or female. Accept people for who they are and you will see people be themselves. According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, in a way to accept people, “Trust men and they will be true to you: treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.”
Wonder Girl (Donna Troy)
First Appearance: As Wonder Girl, The Brave and The Bold #60, June 1965
Second Appearance: As Troia, The New Teen Titans #55, June 1989
Third Appearance: As a Darkstar, The Darkstars #23, June 1994
Creators: Bob Haney (script), and Bruno Premiani (art)
* “The Astounding Separated Man”, The Brave and The Bold #60, DC Comics, June 1965