philippos42: (spider-man)
Why Steve Trevor is the best male role model ever - Will Shetterly
...Wonder Woman has been saving Trevor's butt for as long as she's existed, and he's never been threatened by it, nor has he ever been emasculated by it. As I've said before and will say again, that relationship is my model for my relationship with Emma.

(I understand why lesbians want Wonder Woman to be a lesbian. What they don't understand is that a lesbian on Paradise Island is no different than a straight man in the US. To Amazons, Wonder Woman's love for Steve Trevor is queer.)

Will Shetterly gets it.

I am not a Steve/Di shipper (outside of the period in the 1970's where he was back from the dead and in on the secret identity). I got into Wondy in the 1990's, and that version of Steve was basically out of the book and married to someone else. But that dynamic, of a female lead who is a powerhouse with a male significant other who is closer to baseline, still holds for other Wondy boyfriends like Trevor Barnes and (to a degree) Jonny Double, and it's a good dynamic that pop culture could use a lot more of.

I reserve the right to prefer Shetterly's own super-couple in the Captain Confederacy Comics to Steve and Di, as characters. There the guy wasn't so much physically weaker as willing to concede power and position to his girlfriend, and actually did so. That's a good theme too.
philippos42: (green)
I've not run into the definition of "social justice" Will Shetterly is using here:
Incompatible concepts of freedom are the heart of the divide between socialism and social justice. To socialists, everyone should be free to vote to share the wealth. To social justice activists, the rich should be free to be charitable when they please.

Oscar Wilde answered the champions of philanthropy: "It is immoral to use private property in order to alleviate the horrible evils that result from the institution of private property." A Jewish proverb, ignored by Jewish supporters of social justice, puts it more subtly and more simply: "Charity looks at the need and not at the cause."
Shetterly says this divides the left, but I'm still trying to figure it out. I know that as an economic leftist, I'm not impressed by a voodoo-economics Reaganite telling me she's "liberal" because she's not religious or whatever. Maybe it does divide the left by drafting people into an ersatz leftism that doesn't care about shared opportunity, but then, they're not leftists, just liberals, right?

I don't know. Anyway, I guess I'll read some more of his blog.

This is still not my politics blog, but it seems like this is where some of my frustration with feminism/QUILTBAG/"social justice"/PC progressivism got aired at one time. So yeah. I find Shetterly's analysis (as self-righteous as he comes off in the comments) provocative.



May 2017



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