Being a Superhero Ain’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

I am literally laughing as I type this post.

PHOTO BY BLOKE_WITH_CAMERA, COURTESY OF FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

PHOTO BY BLOKE_WITH_CAMERA, COURTESY OF FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

After seeing The Avengers 2 this week, followed by writing a highly popular post on The Well-Rounded Character vs. The Feminist Ideal, it seems only natural that I’d be listening to NPR/This American Life’s podcast this week on “Superheroes.” And let me tell you, once you start thinking about it in practical terms, being a superhero is a completely crazy thing to do. Seriously…

What would you do if you had the power to fly or be invisible? As it turns out, most people would steal stuff they don’t want to pay for or fly to avoid traffic. Such mundane uses of power. Boring, really, we’re all boring.

Would you use your superpowers to fight crime? Not only do most people say no, but once you think about it, you realize how complicated it is to fight crime without a plethora of skills and powers. Flight isn’t enough. Neither is invisibility. You need super-strength and an ability to successfully keep from getting hurt to fight bad guys in superhero fashion. It’s not for the faint of heart.

Would you have a teenage sidekick? Think about this for a second…a a know-it-all teenager attached to your hip during the most stressful moments of your life. I mean, I like teens, but even I’ll admit that if people gave birth to a full-blown 15-year-old, no one would have children. Babies that are cute, sleep a lot, and don’t talk lull us all into putting up with them when they get into middle school.

Would you be able to resist turning into someone horrible if you had the power to get away with things? Um, no. Once you start thinking about it, you have to admit you’d be easily tempted to do the wrong things all the time. It’s a lot of work to be so good that you don’t go invisibly into the locker room of the sex you find attractive to do a little, um, let’s call it what it is…creepy peeping.

If you want to hear the podcast, go here. It’s fun.

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