Supergirl: Setting Straight Gender Imbalance in the World of Superheroes

imagesSupergirl premieres tonight, Monday, October 26, on CBS, at 8:30 p.m.

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Supergirl, a.k.a. Kara Zor-El, is the cousin of Superman. Both are creations of DC comics. Supergirl is a young girl when she’s sent to Earth in a suspended animation rocket by her parents minutes before the explosion of her home-planet Krypton. Her mission is to protect her infant cousin Kal-El, who has also been sent to Earth. The shock-waves from the explosion of Krypton set her rocket off course and it becomes encased in a Kryptonite asteroid (the Phantom Zone) in suspended animation. After 24 years, It’s shaken free and continues its course to Earth where it lands in a Kansas farm field. Due to suspended animation, Kara remains the same age, but by the time she arrives, Kal-El has grown up and become known as Superman.

In the first episode, Kara assumes her identity as Supergirl, after she saves her adopted sister from an imminent plane crash. She starts to use her super powers, which she has decided not to use up until this time. She discovers she can fly, has superhuman strength, invulnerability, heat vision, can see through solid objects, and has super hearing.

However, once Supergirl’s identity becomes known, alien criminals who also have superpowers come after her in revenge, determined to destroy her. They were condemned to prison on Krypton by Kara-El’s mother Alura, but also escaped the explosion of Krypton and have arrived on Earth to take control of it.

There are pieces of dialogue which portray Supergirl as a protector of women’s rights and a supporter of feminist causes, just as her protege Wonder Woman is. Jill Lepore’s recent book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman (2014), reveals that the creation of Wonder Woman by Harvard psychology professor William Marsten in 1941, was specifically designed to support feminist causes such as the women’s right to vote and equal rights for women.

Supergirl carries on this tradition and brings a “necessary” reform to what has been a predominantly male field in the world of superheroes.

Cat Grant, Kara’s boss at National City’s Tribune, says: “There’s nothing people love more than a hero.”

During the show, a waitress in a cafe watching Supergirl on the news says, “Can you believe it? A female hero. Nice for my daughter to have someone like that to look up to.”

Kara-El faces many issues that women face today. When they were kids, Kara’s jealous adopted sister Alex was “all too eager to encourage her alienated extraterrestrial sibling’s understandable, if flawed, desire for a normal life. Like many women, she’s been conditioned to underachieve and feel insecure about her strength for the sake of fitting in.” (Entertainment Weekly)

When Kara’s boss Cat Grant comes up with the name “Supergirl,” Kara says “I don’t want to minimize the importance of this. A female superhero—shouldn’t she be called Superwoman? If we call her Supergirl, something less than what she really is,  doesn’t that make us guilty of being anti-feminist?”

Her boss answers, “What do you think is so bad about a girl? I’m a girl, and your boss, and powerful, and rich, and hot, and smart. So if you perceive Supergirl as anything less than excellent, isn’t the real problem you?”

In a scene with her adopted sister,  Alex shows Kara a hologram of her mother that came from the rocket that brought Kara to earth. Her mother Alura gives a final, parting message to Kara: “I know you were sent to Earth to protect young Kal-El. Your destiny is not tied to his. There is no correct path in life. You will lose your way many times. What is important is that you find your way back to the brave girl you always were. Be wise. Be strong. And always be true to yourself.”

The premiere of Supergirl, the first time ever Supergirl has had her own series on TV, is just one more indication that the world of superheroes and pop culture is beginning to “ring in a new golden age of  female superheroes” (Katie Couric on Yahoo news) at a time that the culture itself is demonstrating that women in business, politics, media, the entertainment industry, science, the military, education, and all fields are beginning to break through the glass ceiling that has for so long been standing over them.

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Diving to the Source, my First Experience with Transcendental Meditation

Delusions of Ink

Have you ever felt like the world wasn’t what you were told? Have you ever felt that there was someone hiding behind a curtain and eventually they’d jump out and say, “Gotcha”?

I’ve been following a path that many of my generation have. I moved away from faith-based religions and into Eastern Philosophy and have considered myself Buddhist for at least ten years, maybe longer.

In the last few years that hasn’t been enough for me. My meditation practice had fallen off, or been non-existent.

A lot of this was because of a hectic life of a day-job, wife, kids, writing schedules and in not practicing my Mindfulness Meditation, I’ve become more angry and lost faith in who I am, was and where my life was headed.

I wanted something more than Mindfulness Meditation was offering.

My search began to narrow in the last six months.

I watched a speech…

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How Transcendental Meditation Has Transformed Me

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Ever had a hard time sticking to something? Going to the gym, eating clean, getting up early, keeping New Year Resolutions? Me too.

When I was 10 I was diagnosed with AD-HD, because hell, the schoolmarm claimed that I just couldn’t concentrate. Well, let’s prove her wrong shall we? …

Today is my 260th day practicing Transcendental Meditation. I will have meditated 519 times. That’s twice a day, every day. I have never done ANYTHING with that level of consistency in my ENTIRE LIFE. So what is it about Transcendental Meditation that is different from every other habit in my life? Why have I been so motivated to stick to this practice?

The benefits are just too intense for me to ignore. My life has had a complete overhaul in the last 10 months. The compound effect of every day meditation seems to have spiraled things so out of control, that…

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Bob Roth explains how Transcendental Meditation works on Fox5NY’s Good Day New York (WNYW)

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Bob Roth, executive director of the David Lynch Foundation, appeared on this week’s Fox 5 WNYW Good Day New York morning newscast* with Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly to talk about Transcendental Meditation. Rosanna’s friends were telling her about it, and she was interested in learning. So she invited the in-demand TM teacher to the show.

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Bob explained how easy and effortless it is to learn and practice TM, and how different it is from other more difficult approaches. He also described some of the many scientific published research studies showing improvements in health, education, and rehabilitation.

He emphasized TM wasn’t just for the needy or wealthy segments of society. Everyone could benefit from it.  People from every walk of life were practicing it — military personnel, Wall Street brokers, educators, physicians, housewives, students, anyone dealing with today’s stressful challenges. More than just relaxation, he said TM gives…

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Transcendental Meditation: The effects of Vedic chanting on EEG patterns

Dr. Fred Travis is a leading pioneer on the study of EEG in people practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique and the development of higher states of consciousness through the practice of TM.

His latest research project is on the effects of listening to Vedic chanting on EEG patterns.

The preliminary findings of his research team  are:

“compared to brain patterns during TM practice, listening to Vedic recitation leads to higher coherence in the Alpha1 frequency, the frequency seen during transcending, and in the Theta frequency, the frequency of inner mental processing.”

To view his blog on this new project, click on the link below:

EEG patterns during Vedic chanting

Transcendental Meditation: Excellence Through Mind-Brain Development

I’m fascinated by the study of mind-brain development and the work of Dr. Harung and Dr. Fred Travis. This goes at the top of my reading list.

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In their new book Dr Harald S. Harung and Dr Fredrick Travis say:

Look inside and read 20% of this book“Find a comfortable chair and begin an exploration of how you can take control of your success, and begin to aim high in life. You can easily learn to develop the basic factor that has been found in world-class performers.”

Excellence Through Mind-Brain Development overview:

  • The typical human being has an extensive developmental potential. This potential exists because we have not unfolded our deepest mental levels.
  • The Unified Theory of Performance, presented in this book, states that higher mind-brain development forms the basis of higher performance in all professions and fields of human activity.
  • This theory has four dimensions: Level of brain functioning, individual psychology, frequency of peak experiences, and the development of the social context of performance (the organizations and society in which we operate). Peak experiences are the most happy and fulfilling moments in life.

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