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If there's any greater superpower in the world than growing a human
being, I can't imagine what it might be. That's why I suppose it's high time that the world
embraced its first pregnant and active superhero.
World, meet Spider-Woman, the ass-kicking, leotard-wearing, eight-month-gestating superhero.
Her name is Jessica Drew, and according to a recently released
preview of the newest superhero, she is a "parent by day, hero by
But really, don't all of us who are parents feel like heroes
in the middle of the night, with or without superhero costumes? If you can keep
your patience for the 186th time that the toddler asks for a drink of
water or make no more reaction than a long, drawn-out sigh when the preschooler
wets the bed for the first time in what feels like years, you are saving the
world in my books, folks.
There's a lot of backstory to super-pregnant superhero Drew
that I don't really understand, but what I do understand is that there's a
pregnant superhero to represent every woman out there who has ever felt just a
tad unappreciated for the very difficult work of popping out human beings.
It's a nice little nod to those of us who have walked the pregnant walk and feel anything but heroic as a result.
Honestly, I think I am one of the world's worst pregnant women. Pregnancy, for me, feels like a 10-month sentence of gnawing hunger, watermelon-size swelling everywhere and discomfort so intense even breathing hurts. I fully believe that pregnant women can do anything and that pregnancy is a beautiful, powerful time in a woman's life. But I wasn't a great example of that image of the pregnant superhero. I was mostly large and lazy and genuinely dreaded bending over with every fiber of my pregnant being. So I'm super glad Spider-Woman is taking that stance in my stead.
Apparently, this Spider-Woman has been in existence since
1978, and like many mothers who used to be women (that's a joke, guys), she
also went through an awkward period of wearing clothing
that could be mistaken for body paint, posing a bit too seductively and in
general being objectified by strange men.
It's nice to hear, however, that when Marvel tried to kill
off Spider-Woman, her fans rallied and now she's back—and bigger than ever. Luckily for all of us, even the comic world has caught on to the fact that
there's more to women than looking pretty. And parents?
Well, we're pretty darn powerful.
"There have been very few instances where we follow a hero
working to raise a child from day one," former DC comics editor Joan
Hilty told Yahoo Parenting. "Having that be an integral part of the
story could be a great thing. Because, of course, parenting is an epic story in
and of itself."