U.N. controversy taints Mayor Hodges’ Wonder Woman Day

thumbnail_betsey-hodges-wwMinneapolis City Hall never passes up the opportunity to jump on the latest left-wing fad such as Indigenous Peoples Day that was officially declared again last week. The latest comic relief stems from the United Nations designation of Wonder Woman as its ambassador for women’s empowerment, a seemingly harmless, if silly, appointment that’s suddenly turned controversial.

Following the U.N.’s lead, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges proclaimed October 21  Wonder Woman Day in the City of Lakes. Her Honor did so “by the grace of Hera and Aphrodite” and urged residents “to celebrate your inner Amazonian warrior princess and the all the world that is waiting for you.”

It turns out the comic book superheroine has served as one of Hodges’ role models since the age of eight, along with actress Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the movies.

WHEREAS, as Wonder Woman was the first superhero created from a distinctly feminist perspective, graced the cover of the first issue of Ms. Magazine, and for many women and girls, is the first woman superhero they knew and a feminist icon for all;

proclamationHodges cites Wonder Woman’s role as an ambassador “charged with the mission of bringing peace to the outside world.” But comically, the designation of the comic book figure as an honorary ambassador has hundreds of U.N. staff members in an uproar.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges showed off her Wonder Woman memorabilia including a kid's halloween mask and costume in her City Hall office on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)

More than 1,000 have signed an online petition urging U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to rescind the DC Comics superstar’s diplomatic credentials for being a feminist impostor.

The reality is that the character’s current iteration is that of a large breasted, white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit with an American flag motif and knee high boots –the epitome of a “pin-up” girl. This is the character that the United Nations has decided to represent a globally important issue – that of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

It seems the timing couldn’t be worse. The New York Times reports that seven women candidates were turned down last month for the U.N.’s top job, which went to a male former prime minister of Portugal.

Anne Marie Goetz, an academic and a former adviser to the United Nations who had campaigned for a woman to be secretary general, called the choice “disgusting” and wrote on Twitter that Wonder Woman should use her “lasso of truth” to expose the United Nations’ “hypocrisy.”

hodges-with-ww-stuffWill the backlash reach Minneapolis City Hall? For the most part, Hodges’ proclamation has met with approval on Facebook from both men and women.

Get it done, nasty woman! Get it Done!!! posted Ken Hutchinson.

Yes! I’ll wear my Amazonian bracelets all day! said Su Reaney.

In my life I will probably never have an accomplishment to match this. Madame Mayor, your legacy is secure!  wrote Michael Schwartz.