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My Little Wonder Woman Pony On Front Page Of CNN.com

January 15, 2012

For some reason, I’m hearing about My Little Pony ALL the time lately.  Either people have been super into for ages and are now talking about it or they’ve suddenly gotten into it, but it’s everywhere!!  And yesterday, it made the front page of CNN:

You can see it there on the bottom, where it says “‘My Little Pony’ goes geek”.  But check it out… that’s a Wonder Woman pony!!  Wonder Woman is all over the front page of CNN lately!!  It’s kind of great.

This Wonder Woman pony was created by Jodi Moisan, and it’s rather detailed.  It’s got the lasso and the tiara and everything.  The article says that Moisan doesn’t sell her art but that she has donated pieces for Women of Wonder Day, so good news for you all keen to get one… maybe next year you can snag one.

I so don’t understand this current fascination with My Little Pony, but Wonder Woman is cool in any form really.  I don’t know if it’s really front page of CNN cool (it’s a news site, right?  Aren’t there geopolitical issues they should be getting into?), but it’s still pretty impressively crafted!!

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Wonder Woman Front And Center On The Main Page of CNN.com

August 31, 2011

Take a look at the current front of page of CNN.com… no, not at President Obama (though I am excited about the jobs speech)… just below that.  It’s Wonder Woman!!  This is the second time this year that Wonder Woman’s made the front page of CNN.com.   This time it’s for the launch of CNN’s new nerd community blog, “Geek Out!”  Erika Peterman of Girls Gone Geek has written an article calling for a Wonder Woman movie… take a look at a screen grab of the piece:

The new blog gets points right off the bat for not using a comic booky font for their title, or calling it something like “BIFF! POW!” Though the phrase “Where my goths at?” is likely to just get you sneers from actual goths.

But yeah, the Wonder Woman article is fun, and seems to be getting a lot of responses in the comments, which is nice to see.  And they went with some Cliff Chiang art for the picture, which is alway a good call.  You just can’t go wrong with Cliff Chiang.

Is “Evangelical Feminist” An Oxymoron?

June 28, 2011

There’s an interesting article on CNN today by Dan Gilgoff, entitled “Michele  Bachmann, evangelical feminist?”  Rep. Bachmann recently announced that she’s running for the Republican presidential nomination, and is considered by many to be a dark horse to win the rather weak field.  Gilgoff writes:

Some religion and politics experts say that she exemplifies an evangelical feminism that is producing more female leaders in Christian nonprofits, businesses, and education and politics, even as more traditional gender roles prevail in evangelical homes and churches.

Gilgoff situates Bachmann as an heir to the legacies of Elizabeth Dole and Condoleezza Rice, evangelical women who served at important posts in Republican administrations.  Bachmann running for president is the next step for evangelical women in politics.  But is “evangelical feminist” an oxymoron?

Yes.  It really is.

Here’s the problem: The Bible is inherently non-feminist if you believe it literally (it’s pretty bad if you look at it figuratively, frankly).  And Bachmann does.  Here is a comment she made in a 2003 interview:

I look at the Scripture and I read it and I take it for what it is. I give more credence in the Scripture as being kind of a timeless word of God to mankind, and I take it for what it is.

This is why Bachmann believes in ridiculous things like intelligent design, and this is why it’s impossible to call an evangelical a feminist.

Let’s look at the Old Testament for a minute.  In the Old Testament, women weren’t people… women were property.  Their fathers owned them, and then transferred ownership to their husbands.  Women were often listed alongside slaves and livestock as things not to covet, or things you would be punished for taking.  It was an epicly patriarchal society… God himself laid out how things would be for women in Genesis 3:16:

Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you (emphasis mine).

This 3:16 hasn’t quite caught on like John 3:16 has (not a lot of people hold up Genesis 3:16 signs at sporting events), but it’s in the book.  And yeah, men are in charge… God says so.

But that’s the Old Testament… who cares about that?  What about the New?  Jesus was really nice to ladies, and had a few in his entourage, and Paul referenced many women who were active in the early church.  But then you get stuff like 1 Corinthians 11:7-9:

A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.  For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.

Or 1 Corinthians 13:34-35:

Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.

Or how about Ephesians 5:23:

For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

Obey your husbands like they’re frakking Jesus Christ himself, ladies.  Carrying on, here’s a bit from a letter to my namesake in 1 Timothy 2:11-12:

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.

And finally, let’s pop in on 1 Peter 3:7:

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers (emphasis mine).

All the verses are from the New International Version of the Bible, by the way.

Now, if you know anything about the New Testament, you may have noticed that some of the books I cited weren’t really written by Paul, or that some of the verses were later additions to the text.  But guess who won’t notice that?  Evangelicals.  The whole Bible is inerrant to them, and to Michele Bachmann too.  So in the Old Testament, women are property ruled by men, and in the New Testament they are weaker, lesser creatures who need to learn to shut the hell up and listen to their husbands.

“Feminism” has a lot of definitions, but I think everyone can agree that feminism means that women are seen as AT LEAST equal to men.  The Bible and it’s main character, God, do not espouse such a view.  The Almighty is pretty clear that women are second fiddle in His book (literally, He says so in His book!!).  You can’t be an evangelical AND a feminist. 

So, “evangelical feminism”?  Not so much.  It’s impossible.  The Bible pretty much prohibits it.  Hell, I’m not sure how Bachmann is justifying running for president.  I mean, a) she’s supposed to be quiet and presidents have to talk a lot, b) she’s supposed to be submissive and presidents have to be in charge, and c) men are so much awesomer and closer to God anyway so why not let one of them be president?  It’s fascinating, really, because Bachmann rails against homosexuality and abortion, both of which have little to no Biblical support (they misconstrue a few verses to screw over the gay community, and go read Psalm 137:9 and THEN tell me the Bible says it’s bad to kill babies), but yet she’s ignoring scripture after scripture after scripture that points out her Biblically mandated inferiority.  That doesn’t make a lot of sense, and brings up another oxymoron: “smart evangelicals”.  They don’t exist either.

Michele Bachmann is not an evangelical feminist.  The book at the basis of her entire worldview and the deity she says told her to run proclaim the inferiority of women, so she’s either not so bright or a hypocrite.  Or both.  It’s probably both.

Wonder Woman On The Front Page Of CNN.com

June 5, 2011

The news that DC Comics is relaunching all of their titles in September is getting all sorts of attention, including on CNN.com.  And the cover they decided to go with?  Wonder Woman #1 from the unbelievably spectacular team of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang (I still can’t believe this is happening… it’s gonna be the BEST!!!!!).  Here is a closer look at the front page from this afternoon:

It may be surrounded by some ridiculous stories (“Help your pet get the most out of dinner” and “Meet the evangelical whisperer” hardly seem like pressing stories… unlike Azzarello and Chiang on Wonder Woman, which is HUGE news), but this is still pretty fun!!  Say what you will about the DC relaunch, they are totally getting the word out about it.  Though I suppose Time Warner owns DC Comics AND CNN, so this may just be a bit of cross-promotion.  But awesome cross-promotion!!


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