Wonder Woman: Feminist icon, or one man’s fantasy of what a woman should be like?

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Like many comic book superheroes, since Wonder Woman’s creation in 1941 by US psychologist Dr William Moulton Marston, the image and storyline surrounding this female superhero has had many different manifestations over the years. Looking back in time, the history of Wonder Woman seems to be as complex and nuanced as the feminist discussions surrounding the character at the time.

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Masculinity in Bond Villains: The reference of homosexuality by ‘queer-coded’ male characters as a tool for violence and manipulation in 007 – does it have to be this way?

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In this blog, I will look at how queer-coded masculinity is portrayed in the villains in James Bond films Casino Royale (2006) directed by Martin Campbell and Skyfall directed by Sam Mendes (2012). In particular I will look at La Chiffre in Casino Royale (played by Mads Mikkelsen) and Raoul Silva in Skyfall (played by Javier Bardem). Focusing on the torture and interrogation scenes from these films, I will consider the significance of mockingly ‘queer-coded’ behaviour of the villains included in the films, such as innuendos and homosexual references used to torture and manipulate Bond (played by Daniel Craig).

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Divine Masculine: Why I think the portrayal of the Divine Masculine in the bible argues against the miracle of life (this is just how I feel).

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The Divine Masculine (i.e. the Divine Masculine energy that we all share) is something that I think many people consider to not exist all. I feel that Divine Masculine is more than what I think a lot of people associate with masculinity as we know it in our society today. It’s common to assume that the ‘toxic masculine’ that we see played out in our society and in its structures, is the only form of masculinity. In this blog, I argue there is a different way of thinking about this, and a different way of thinking about ourselves and each other.

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The depiction of Eve in the Adam and Eve story: How Divine Feminine has been taught to us as betrayal, when actually, it’s just love. (This is just how I feel.)

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What ever happened to sensuality? To this idea of touch, of closeness, of connecting to your own beauty, your own sovereignty, your own place on this earth, to nature, to your own body, your clothes, your jewellery, your possessions? I would argue this idea of sensuality, of the Divine Feminine, has been shamed and side-lined for many generations.

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Adam and Eve: Why I think it’s ok to listen to your kundalini, and why I think the Adam and Eve story is about atheism (this is just how I feel).

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This may seem controversial to say this, but when you’ve been taught something when you were 5 (as I was, in a ‘non-Christian’ primary school in the UK in the 1990s), it’s easy to forget that actually it was from about this age that I was taught to hate my own sexuality, my own body, my own place in this world, and I was taught to not believe in love.

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Why I think peaceful protest is the only form of protest worth doing (and the rest just causes more suffering). And why I think it’s ok to say how you feel.

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I’ve chosen to write this blog now as I think it’s an important time to say how we feel. And sometimes when people say how they feel, and others don’t feel like they feel the same, it can cause upset, anger and pain for some, whilst others may feel acceptance, peace and respect.

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Why I think infantilising ‘femininity’ in mainstream media and Hollywood is damaging to both men and women (and why I think it’s ok to be a woman).

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In this blog I explore the impact of ‘infantilising’ femininity, which has often been taught to us through mainstream media, popular culture and children’s entertainment. By this term, I mean showing women as incredibly young to the point of child-like, with no wrinkles, small waist and big bust, character traits that include naivety, ‘innocence,’ never setting any boundaries, letting everything happen to her without any awareness, being at the man’s beck and call, being reliant on the male gaze’s approval, seeking assurance from men, having less money and property than men (or none at all), and any ‘fierceness’ in characters, often portraying women fighting against the dominating father figure, attempting to ‘fight the patriarchy’ by sacrificing herself for her father’s unhappiness.

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What do I mean by ‘Divine Feminine’ and ‘Divine Masculine’? (And what do I mean by their opposites, ‘Toxic Feminine’ and ‘Toxic Masculine’?)

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I’ve often talked about ‘Divine Feminine’ as being about nurture, compassion, and creativity, and ‘Divine Masculine’ being about stewardship of the earth, strategy and building for a new world, but what do I actually mean by this? In practice, what do these character traits that (I would argue) we all have within us, look like on a day-to-day basis? And on the other end of the scale, what does an ‘immature’ or ‘Toxic Masculine’ and immature or ‘Toxic Feminine’ look like, in our day-to-day lives?

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Is gender a ‘battle’? Or is it something we have within all of us?

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I think gender for some people has become a battle. A battle with others to protect themselves, or dominate others, and for some people, a battle with themselves – to be a ‘hyper-masculine’ or a ‘hyper-feminine’ version of themselves.

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Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine – Why I think it’s essential to recognise that both are within all of us

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There’s been an argument for quite a while about what it means to be ‘female’ and what it means to be ‘male,’ and the meaning behind these terms that we we use. It’s important to recognise that we are always just ourselves.

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