Life in Writing
It seems odd that this really needs to be said, but women are awesome. Sure, men are generally physically stronger, but thinking that physical strength is the only strength that matters is a pretty serious fallacy. Wonder Woman is somewhat unique in pointing this out as she actually is physically stronger than most men, but her physical strength just serves to additionally prove her point that judging a person to be a certain way solely because of their gender is flawed thinking. Wonder Woman specifically mentions here the stereotype that all women are "sissies," which is obviously untrue. But how many other stereotypes do we place on people? Certainly we occasionally need to make some judgments based on limited information in order to avoid trouble. You wouldn't want to invite a person into your home who bore numerous needle marks in their arms and seemed to be shaking from withdrawals. Sure you don't have all the information about that person, they could be wonderful for all you know, but as a basic matter of personal safety you avoid them. That kind of judgement is just a part of living. But assuming that all women are inferior just because many of them aren't as strong, or that somebody isn't good because of their race, or that somebody is evil because they're rich, or that somebody is racist because they're white aren't judgments we need to make. It's a hard thing to do, avoiding snap judgments, after all, they're what keeps us alive. Judgments and preconceptions are built into us as human beings. Everybody has a natural and healthy fear of anything different from themselves. But why do we have to be only what our nature determines us to be? We're intelligent enough to move past initial judgments and find the truth. We don't have to live our lives catering to our natures. Our lives are about overcoming our own natural selves and become something better.
So next time you catch yourself judging another person, ask yourself if it's necessary for you to make that judgment now, and if it's not then try to get to know that person a little better. Find the truth, and see that person's true strength.
Daniel M. Quilter is the author of A Soul Divided. On this blog he'll interview other authors, review books, share nerd wisdom from popular sci-fi and fantasy, and occasionally share his insights on writing. See a list of his works or see what he's working on.
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