Sexy, smart and strong women have long been nicknamed, most often by men. Some carry negative connotations and others are somewhat endearing.
A few examples:
Skirt, Doll, and Dish – Skirt and Doll imply a cute, flirty and fun girl. Dish says, to me, a woman so delectable, a man can’t live without her.
Broad, Dame and Twist – These are slightly less complimentary. A Broad is a voluptuous woman, mainly in the derriere and one you don’t dare cross. A Dame is like a Broad but she cares a little more about her looks, using well-applied make-up. A Twist, to me, connotes a woman with special skills in the boudoir.
Floozy, Strumpet and Trollop – All of these names suggest a women with loose morals, but don’t they sound like potent cocktails (Cherry Floozy) or delicious pastries (Strumpet and cream)?
And then, there are those often offered up with a dose of sarcasm:
Little Miss Sunshine: A woman who happens to be happy with her life and carries through with a positive attitude.
Susie Homemaker: A woman who enjoys making a comfortable home for her family and is adept at baking, decorating and choosing fashionable clothing (or making everything herself).
Superwoman: A woman who balances many hats with aplomb, like elder caretaker, employee, wife, gardener, cook, committee chairperson, community volunteer, PTA president and soccer mom.
The only nickname I wouldn’t mind being called is
Wonder Woman first appeared in a comic book series in 1941.
Feminist, Gloria Steinem chose the image of Wonder Woman for the cover of her first issue of Ms. Magazine in July, 1972.
The TV series, Wonder Woman, followed in the late 1970s, starring Lynda Carter.
She was the perfect woman – powerful, graceful, sexy, tough, smart and compassionate, determined to expose the truth and punish the evil.
She looked really cute in glasses, too.
Male TV viewers fell in love/lust with her.
More than that, Wonder Woman was a great role model for all women. She didn’t let a man push her around, unless she wanted to be pushed.
She believed in herself and followed her heart, even when her path wasn’t what others wanted for her.
According to Wikipedia, “Wonder Woman’s viewpoints and characteristics reflect those of her creator, William Moulton Marston, who was a strong supporter of feminist ideals and female empowerment.
In a 1943 issue of The American Scholar, Marston wrote:
Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”
What image would you be comfortable with?
Should we all strive to be our own version of Wonder Woman? Or not?