UN parts ways with Wonder Woman
The United Nations has succumbed to protests and has dropped DC superhero Wonder Woman as its women equality ambassador.
Less than two months ago, the UN, in a bid to spread awareness about women’s empowerment and gender-based violence, had named the fictional hero an honorary ambassador.
A petition had immediately risen against her appointment, with her sexualized appearance one of the critic’s main talking points.
The petition had gained over 45,000 signatures, and the UN has announced that the ambassadorship would end on Friday.
“It is alarming that the United Nations would consider using a character with an overtly sexualised image at a time when the headline news in United States and the world is the objectification of women and girls,” the petition read.
The petition added: “Although the original creators may have intended Wonder Woman to represent a strong and independent ‘warrior’ woman with a feminist message, the reality is that the character’s current iteration is that of a large breasted, white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit.”
DC Comics were however pleased with the short stint, and promised that the character would continue to be a source of inspiration to women.
A spokesperson said: “Wonder Woman stands for peace, justice and equality, and for 75 years she has been a motivating force for many and will continue to be long after the conclusion of her UN honorary ambassadorship.”
Wonder Woman has been famously portrayed on screen by actress Lynda Carter in the late 1970s, and more recently by Gal Gadot in DC’s Extended Movie Universe.
The UN itself has been criticized for a lack of gender equality. The body has never had a female secretary-general, and a reported 9 out of 10 senior positions are held by men.