Woman versus Wolf

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I guess it's inevitable that any woman who approaches the U.S. executive office is going to be called Wonder Woman, including Sarah Palin. However, many people, including Lynda Carter, have expressed dismay that Palin is being compared to Wonder Woman and see her as undeserving of the name and what it represents.

I thought I would offer some recent textual evidence from Wonder Woman #20 to highlight the differences between Palin and Wonder Woman on one issue in particular: the treatment of wolves. Without getting too graphic about it, Palin supports the aerial killing of wolves within her own state, Alaska. The practice is said to be inhumane because it can extend the animals' suffering in death.

Wonder Woman talks to attacking wolves

In the story "Ends of the Earth," written by Gail Simone, Wonder Woman is first stalked and then attacked by wolves. Wonder Woman addresses the wolves directly in the above panel, saying, "Hunters of the claw and fang, I beseech thee. Do not die this night. Go. Leave!"

When Wonder Woman realizes the wolves are diseased and unable to respond according to their instincts, or "animal reason" as she calls it, she uses her lasso to calm them. In response to the wolves' request to be released from their agony, Wonder Woman regretfully kills the pack with her sword out of mercy.

I like this part of Simone's story because it illustrates Wonder Woman's beliefs and, to my mind at least, makes them plausibly consistent with an all-female culture such as the Amazons. Of course, that doesn't mean that men can't love animals or that some woman aren't barracudas.

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Palin is more like: I wonder what that woman is up to. A true recent gossip-neighborhood story: A 40-something male republican said to a fellow 50-something male democrat that he thought 'Palin is hot': Then the male democrat asked the male republican: 'What do you want to do then, fuck her?' I can really appreciate how quickly that democrat male got to the point of men voting for Palin. ha A pack of wolves?

Fran,

That's a good story! It's stunning what women have to go through to get elected.

Teresa

If it were Plain Palin she never would have walked the catwalk for beauty, now she's trying for brains - unfortuntely, imo, she picked the wrong back-up with McCain. I see her potential for republicans - but she has to make herself astute in the arena - which I think she will if she runs for senator one day. I doubt we've seen the last of her ummm-- popularity.

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