If we’re talking superheroes, my favourite has to be Wonder Woman. I have a penchant for strong, female icons, and an Amazon princess with super strength and a magic lasso is pretty high up there on a scale of one-to-cool. If you read my #Blogtober17 post for Day 21 (unusual crushes), you’ll see the theme of independent women continues here …
I don’t like damsel-in-distress characters. Sure, every little girl wants to be a princess, but that (hopefully) goes away as she grows and discovers her own potential. Unfortunately, fairytales and comic books can unwittingly teach children that women are weak, and need to be rescued/provided for by men. This is not a lesson I want my son to learn. As soon as he’s old enough to understand, that is a conversation we’ll be having about the books and movies he is exposed to. I’d like him to learn how to respect and understand women, as well as how to look after the important women in his life (be it any siblings/cousins he may have, daughters, partners, or ME!); but, also, how to encourage and empower those women to reach their potential, by providing the support they need.
Another thing the concept of superheroes teaches, is that you have to have superpowers in order to be extraordinary, rather than showing children how to recognise what’s unique and amazing about them (I’m generalising, of course, but the point remains valid). Instead, kids dream of flying or having super strength. That’s great for fostering the imagination, but it would be so great to also have stories about exploring talents and potential. There probably are some out there, and I just have to take a good look.
If we’re talking villains, one of my favourites is Maleficent, from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. She’s cunning and creative, and has a killer sense of style! Not to mention the fact that she can morph into a DRAGON!! The thing I do like about villains and heroes is that the dichotomy between good and evil is explored in the narratives. Children learn that there are good ways to behave, that there are laws to uphold and abide by, and that there are bad behaviours and crimes that should be appropriately addressed. It’s a little bit like a (very idealised) microcosm of the larger world, that allows us to learn about themes we’d be experiencing in our daily lives.
I think superheroes and villains are a great deal of fun, as long as we don’t take it too seriously … like I’m doing now! 😆
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Mini Mummi Blogger is a first time mummy to a beautiful baby boy. Currently on maternity leave, she is looking to put her writing/publishing experience to good use through her blog, helping other mummies navigate through the wealth of often conflicting (and, sometimes, even discouraging) information out there about pregnancy and motherhood. She believes that every mummy knows what’s best for her own baby – even first time mums!
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