Wonder Women

wonderwoman

I recently watched a fascinating documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.  Tracing the history of Wonder Woman, the film focused on strong female roles in comics, film and television – their importance and the consequences of being powerful.

97 percent of the choices made in the film industry are made by men and boy are we fed some bullshit stereotypes.  I’d really like more Buffys, more Hermiones, more Sarah Connors.  There was a line in the movie that broached the perception that female leads don’t always reflect box office success.  I don’t have box office statistics on hand but when sports writers are confusing us with horses it’s not difficult to appreciate why.

I’ve been thinking about how this applies to blogging culture.  I read an interesting article recently that delved into the traits of popular lifestyle/mum blogs in the US – the lack of diversity and whether or not these blogs ‘are a new way of comparing ourselves and coming up short’.

The article mentions the appeal of blogging often lies in its realness and that for some people immersing themselves in lifestyle blogs can lead to negative reactions ‘their life is so much better than mine‘.  I am loathe to admit it, because I think it says more about me than these types of blogs, but I’ve fallen victim to it at times.  I’m learning to let go of that comparison, stop reading is usually a good place to start.

The article’s sentiment that as bloggers grow in popularity and partner up with mainstream outlets, for example magazines, they become more restricted in what they write about might be true but is it such a big deal?  When other bloggers see that success and attempt to emulate it maybe.  Are we then helping to feed society’s preference for “happy white women” as the article suggests?  I don’t know but I would love to read more Hermiones, more Sarah Connors, more 1940′s Wonder Woman in the Australian blogging world. 

Can you share any?

 

Comments

  1. Kelly Exeter says

    It’s such a fine line between keeping it real … And feeling like a bit of a whinger. I know I prefer to look on the bright side of life and hate the thought of ‘bringing other people down’ so I tend to only WRITE about the positive, or finish on a positive note – not just with blogging, but when socialising in real life too. But then this means I (like most) am only ever giving people a look at my highlight reel aren’t I?

    And in addition to that, I am actually a bit averse to READING negative stuff (mainly because I am a sponge and the mood of a piece or a book has a big effect on my mood) so I tend to avoid it. About the only person I can think of who I have no qualms reading when I know it’s going to be really sad is Eden. I think because it’s very real and very raw …. But there is always something in there that makes me *think* and go beyond the fact that she has just shared a very sad story.

    Sort answer to the questions posed in your post …. It’s complicated!

    But with regard to the comparison thing – I know that no matter how blessed someone’s life looks, there is always *something* going on behind the scenes that I don’t want in my life. So that always makes it nice and easy not to fall int the comparison trap.

    • says

      Agree regarding Eden. I do enjoy when Woogs gets a rant on.

      I’m sure I’ve presented a highlights reel at times – we get a snippet of a blog though and then sometimes fill in gaps. It’s happened to me and it’s not pleasant.

  2. Naomi Pritchard-Tiller says

    I would love more strong female heroines. More 1940s Wonder Women and more diversity online. I wonder if it is there and I am just not looking hard enough for them?

  3. Leigh - Six by the bay says

    Yes Carli!!!!! So many blogs are killing themselves to portray perfection and I just cant stand it!! I have to tell myself that its not reality and then Im back on track! I love a strong, powerful woman, let me know when you find them…..! xx

  4. Carly Findlay says

    I know a few chronically ill/disabled bloggers who break away from this stereotype. One blogger I read explores culture and spirituality, as well as her disability. Google Pauline Vetuna.
    Maybe we read bloggers we relate to or aspire to?
    Great post Carli.

  5. says

    That definitely looks like a must-see film! I must say, I have an aversion to blogs which pitch the perfect life. I just don’t buy it.

    I much prefer blogs that admit to the turmoil and the vulnerability that we all feel, but some just don’t have the balls to admit it. I think the balance lies in being that vulnerable woman, but having gumption at the same time (word borrowed so kindly from the movie ‘The Holiday’).

    We don’t all have to be superheroes, just natural, real women with gumption and a keyboard handy – and I see lots of them, you included! :)

  6. says

    Bloggers seem to be morphing into magazine publishers before our very eyes. The humble little ‘blog about my life’ is few and far between these days. Many are ‘here’s my opinion on XXX on the world stage’ or they are an amagamation of all the features you usually see in a magazine – a little food, a little fash, a little whimsy, a little story. So, just as I feel compelled to read the ‘magazine style’ blogs (and there are SO MANY of them now), bloggers are compelled to write them. ‘Real’ was lost long ago, I think. There is lots of ‘real’ writing, but how ‘real’ is it really? You mentioned Eden in the comments and while I love her to bits, I don’t consider her blog to be any more ‘real’ than any others. Woogs is probably the most ‘herself’ of all the bloggers that I read. And my younger sister who blogs at ‘and then there were four’… she’s all there, just as she is. x

  7. says

    A friend of my mum’s sends out an annual email about everything that has happened in her year – normally with glowing reports of all 5 of her children. Another friend of my mum’s who received the email was pissed off as she thought it was gloating … but as my mum pointed out, anyone can make their year look amazing when they write about all the good points and leave out all the bad.

    I enjoy writing about the bad times on my blog as I find it cathartic – if I can’t talk about it with friends face to face then why not blog about it and share it with my online friends?

    I used to work for SUSF and was aways trying to include positive stories about female figure who break the sporting mould in their quarterly magazine – you can find some of those editions here: http://issuu.com/sydneyunisportandfitness/docs … Issue 7 about Sarah Stewart is quiet cool.

    Shari from http://www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.com

  8. Sharon Alger says

    Definitely would love to see more Hermoine’s out there! I wonder if the perfection of the lifestyle blog extends out to their peer blogs? Kind of a keeping up with the Joneses?

    I agree with a need for more diversity. More diversity in people, in stories, in emotion. I love a smart blogger. I love to read serious things. I love to laugh at painfully unimportant issues. I want to share a blogger’s happiness and open myself up to their pain, should they feel inclined to share it.

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