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7 moronic things people have said about a possible Wonder Woman movie (now with bonus rage).

We can cast Ben Affleck as Batman, but we can't even MAKE a Wonder Woman movie? WHAT IS GOING ON.

7 moronic things people have said about a possible Wonder Woman movie (now with bonus rage).

1. "She's a bad role model."

Uh-huh.


I'm not going to act like Wondy's original origin story — you know, the awkward sexist "good woman" secretary bondage one of 1940 — is anything to write home to Gloria Steinem about, but, uhm, it's been like 70 years since that was a thing.

2. "People want to see an action-packed superhero movie."

Oh, my bad, I didn't realize shovel-jawed manhunks had the market cornered on action.

Oh, wait. They don't.

3. "She's just not as much of a badass."

Is this even worth addressing? Do you even pay attention? Are you aware of what greatness you speak?

4. "Wonder Woman doesn't sell as well as Batman, Superman, or Green Lantern."

You know what? You've got me there. Her individual books don't, and that's too bad. She's consistently been in the top 50 (and higher!) titles since her introduction, though — and Justice League is consistently a best-seller. But that's weird ... I wonder why female-led books don't appear to sell as well.

THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A DAMN SPACESUIT. IN SPACE.

Oh. Right. Rampant objectification and inexplicably flexible spines. That's why.

Can you imagine if men were constantly presented as women are? Imagine no longer! Artists have done that for you.

5. "Wonder Woman just isn't that iconic."

Shhh. Shhhhhh. It's time to stop speaking.

6. "Is Wonder Woman even that interesting as a character?"

Diana Prince comes from an all-woman island, or is the daughter of Zeus, or is the daughter of two women, or is basically a goddess herself, depending on the origin story you'd decide on. Also, she's (probably) bisexual:

"Do you have a boyfriend?"

7. "MISANDRY. Wonder Woman's an Amazon! She hates men! She doesn't even HAVE a dad in one of her bazillion origin stories! IT'S NOT FAIR."

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That misandry sure is some systematically oppressive nonsense, isn't it? I mean DAMN. At one point this summer you couldn't even see a movie led by a woman, but one Wonder Woman movie to Superman's 10 and Batman's 15 is going to establish a terrible oppressive matriarchy and end the world.*

*Also, Wonder Woman does not hate men, and neither do feminists.

So I think that's settled, then. Let's get Joss Whedon to direct it and Gina Torres to star in it. Done and done; good job, team!

Next time someone tries to pull any of these on you, remind them:

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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