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What Does the First Female Portrayal of Thor Mean for Feminism?

What Does the First Female Portrayal of Thor Mean for Feminism?

Marvel recently announced that the newest incarnation of Thor will come out this October– and that Thor will be, for the first time, portrayed as a woman, which could potentially be a huge boost for feminism. The comic book industry has come under fire many times in the past for objectifying women, but recently many artists have been making a conscious effort to include more well-rounded female characters who contribute to more than just the aesthetics of the series. According to Variety, the newest version of the superhero based on the Norse god of thunder is the eighth comic book series to include a female protagonist. Writer Jason Aaron stated, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve seen before.”

His statement quells many would-be critics who would object to a feminized, girly version of the powerful Thor we’ve seen in the past. As for what it does or doesn’t do for feminism, that is yet to be determined. Once we can get our hands on the first issue, that will become much more clear. If Marvel delivers what it’s promising, though, we could count Thor among positive female role models. I, for one, genuinely hope that the newest incarnation isn’t turned into a cheesy, oversexed vixen, but that she comes across as a powerful hero who just so happens to be a woman. I’m glad that, instead of creating a whole new superhero that acts as the female counterpart to a male superhero, they’re mixing it up and (hopefully) showing that women can be just as mighty and powerful as men.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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