Scrolling through my Twitter feed today, looking for inspiration for today’s post, I got what I asked for.

The full post can be found here at The Mary Sue.

Here is the bit from the post that really hits me

Sophia’s mom explains, “When she was taking the medicine, we would tell her she was going to get Super Woman or Wonder Woman powers.” 

Any doctor will tell you, psychology and attitude are massively important when facing down disease and working for healing. I can’t think of a better outlook on taking chemo than believing it’s going to give you super powers.

I’m just SO grateful that Wonder Woman exists for this girl.

Her story is a powerful demonstration of something I believe:  superheroes are the myths of modern society. And myths tell us how to be brave, to overcome adversity, to be honorable, to strive harder for more, to look out for our fellow humans, and on and on.

Sophia started chemo at the age of three years. The ideas and values that are communicated through a story like Wonder Woman cannot be communicated through a pep talk from anyone, especially if you’re three years old. Art communicates what cannot be said with words, especially if you haven’t mastered words yet.

This little girl is doing battle with a real life super villain, and I believe only Wonder Woman can truly understand her fight.

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I can tell my kids “be brave,” or I can invoke their most beloved superheroes. “What would Batgirl do?” “Just imagine yourself as Batman.” Which do you suppose is more powerful for them? I can tell you without question that superheroes inspire exponentially more and present behavior that can be modeled.

This is why we must weave incredible superhero stories for our kids, giving them the myths they need and deserve. And we shouldn’t be desecrating the female myths by emphasizing their body parts as objects of desire. Our kids deserve better than that.

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