~ By Dixie Andelin Forsyth
My daughter, Lisa, called me from Korea where she is teaching English. She told me I definitely had to see the new film “Wonder Woman” and that I would love it.
I am not a huge fan of super hero movies and especially not a fan of feminist-type characters. She assured me this one was different. Then I read online that there have been a lot of women who get weepy when they see Wonder Woman in some of the battle scenes. Why are women not only flocking to see this movie, but why are so many getting teary too?
It turns out, the character of Wonder Woman is not only feminine throughout, but displays feminine power, though mostly in metaphor form. This is very Fascinating Womanhood. We all know about masculine power, but few really understand feminine power and its importance and influence.
To me, there are several reasons this film tends to get the emotional reaction it does from so many women.
~Zeus loved the women of his world so much that he protected the remaining ones on a hidden island—safe from the outside world. They were seen as precious. When Diana had decided to leave and go into the world to protect the victims of war, she was told that world didn’t deserve her. A symbol of the value of women.
~Women have a deep and maternal drive to protect those they love. Diana, (Wonder Woman) displays this so well.
~Diana was always sensitive to the needs of those around her. She didn’t put herself first; in fact, she didn’t think much about her own needs at all.
~Women have feminine power, whether it’s developed or not, they can call on when needed. It has an influence that’s truly beautiful and extraordinary. This power is very different from masculine power. Though Diana has extraordinary physical strength compared to mortal men, the story explains that she is the daughter of Zeus and she has trained for years to develop her special skills. When Wonder Woman exercises this unusual power, it is feminine because of the way she uses it—it is driven by love and compassion. She remains womanly and doesn’t feel a need to emulate men.
~The world is desperate for good women, feminine women, to be the powerful influence they have the capacity to be—to be the stimulus for the world to be better, more peaceful, more loving.
~Men need the influence, power and effect we can have on the world. When we understand and develop our true selves—women who are not only feminine but radiate courage, love and character, we can change this world for the better. The character of Diana is a great example of this. She is strong—yet feminine. She has courage but uses her womanly power in such a protective and loving way. It is a contrast to the use of male power. Male influence generally involves overt control, leverage, tactics and dominance even when used in a character driven way. The energy Diana has is much more focused on the love she has for people who need help—she is so womanly and like us at our best.
There is nothing in the world like the influence of a feminine, loving woman. This is the aim of Fascinating Womanhood—to help us develop our true womanly natures. We can draw on the courage, just like Diana, to do what needs to be done to raise our children, help and encourage the men in our lives, create loving and romantic marriages and provide the impact our planet needs that only we can give.