Being quite happy it's not so cold. I've taken a break in my Buffy watching to explore the internets.
My workplace runs confidence building courses for women. We thought we'd try and find a nice visual for the power point slides. We thought wouldn't a Wonder Woman picture be well, wonderful?
You try finding a picture of Wonder Woman looking confident, just confident, self assured. Oh there's a few where she's fighting, deflecting bullets with her wrists and whatnot. But they don't shout confident to me, they shout dangerous, (OK maybe not the second link)
Then there's pretty much only sexy ones. Or raunchy, as one of my colleagues commented.
Even this one, where I think Diana and Lois look awesome and super relaxed, is too sexy to use. Adam Hughes art was the worst for this.
We eventually opted for a Lynda Carter photo, then remembered copyright issues and thought, hmm, maybe not.
Now something is wrong there. If (approx) 95% of the images found are of a sexed up Diana, and there are none, and I could find none, of a straight forward confident, relaxed, comfortable in herself Diana of the Amazons, then something is up. Can she only be depicted sexy? Why is that the overriding factor in most of the art? Why can't she be self assured without basking in her hotness?
Is it her costume or is it the style of artist? Lynda Carter looked bold and proud without being too raunchy, so maybe not the costume.
Is it that women can only be drawn and viewed in terms of their hotness? Is it that their hotness is the most important factor and all other character traits secondary? I'm starting to think so.
I know that sometimes sexy is part of confidence, but a sexy image wouldn't be appropriate to assist with teaching our clients how to be confident. It gives out the wrong message - you don't have to be hot to be confident. It seems a shame there is nothing out there that shows this.
Note: I am not against sexy images, I am against one overriding style of images. I want diversity dammit.