His TEDx Talk Inspired Us To Get Women And Girls To #PoseLikeASuperhero

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In his first ever TEDx Talk, John Marcotte, founder of Heroic Girls, esteemed WYSK Contributor, and our favorite feminist dad, challenges the audience to look beyond what is labeled as “girly” or “feminine” by covering everything from his superhero loving daughters, and the problem with genderized toy aisles, to the effects that Barbie, Mrs. Potato Head, “princess culture,” and Frozen have on both girls and boys. In making his compelling case, one of the most fascinating things he shared is what happens to all humans when they… pose like a superhero.

As John explains, Harvard research (Amy J.C. Cuddy, Caroline A. Wilmuth, and Dana R. Carney) showed that if you pose like a superhero – in a strong, open stance with fists on your hips for just 2 minutes – there are actually measurable positive effects. Your power hormone testosterone rises by 8% and your stress hormone cortisol drops by 25%… YES 25%! And lastly, the research also showed that if you pose like a superhero for just 2 minutes you are more likely to take a risk.

Harvard research shows that if you pose like a superhero for just 2 minutes there are measurable positive effects.

So by simply standing a certain way, you get a power boost, a stress reducer, and a kick of inspiration to take a risk!? Um… we’re all in!

Thanks to John, as of today, we have adopted an official Women You Should Know power stance… and we want everyone to join in.

Using the WYSK hashtag #poselikeasuperhero show us your best superhero stance… post your pix to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

For some inspiration, Women You Should Know hit the streets of NYC and got a few superheroic women and girls to help us kick things off.


#poselikeasuperhero

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This Superhero just finished her physically demanding job and was waiting to take the bus home.

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This Superhero mom and her two Superhero daughters were sightseeing in Gotham.

This Superhero was on-the-go in Gotham.

This Superhero was on-the-go in Gotham.

This Superhero of high finance was wheeling and dealing.

This Superhero of Wall Street was wheeling and dealing.

These Superheroes were visiting Gotham all the way from Liverpool, England.

These Superheroes swooped in to Gotham all the way from Liverpool, England.

This Superhero is showing off her megawatt smile.

This Superhero defeats evil forces with her quick wit.

This Superhero is directing traffic and keeping everyone safe.

This Superhero is directing traffic and keeping Gotham-ites safe.

This Superhero is standing proud and rocking her tattoos.

This Superhero is standing proud and rocking her tattoos.

This Superhero rocks the busy lunch shift, offering service with a megawatt smile.

This Superhero works the busy lunch shift, offering her customers service with a megawatt smile.

This Superhero is a retired NYPD Officer and her sidekick Supergirl is all heart.

This Superhero is a retired NYPD Officer and her sidekick Supergirl is all heart.

This Superhero braved the rain on a break from hard day's work.

This Superhero braved the rain on a break from a hard day’s work.

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This Superhero perfected the power stance and needs no introduction.

 

Lead image: One Superhero Mom with a group of Superhero Young Women, all visiting from Florida, on the hunt for a good spot to fuel up.

See more awesome pix like these on our Facebook page.

  • pattilouwho

    I love it! Let’s get #poselikeasuperhero trending!

  • Eileen

    Superhero posses all around. I’m striking one right now. And you know what, I feel empowered. Who would have thought that posing like a superhero could have such a positive effect!!! Loving it!!

  • Kate Monzo

    I love this. I am a woman and a scientist. Although I am going to do some super hero poses with my daughter and son in the morning, I am not going to put too much credence in a draft paper from a research group. Let’s make sure to site research properly.

  • Teena Pratt-Davis

    This is nice and everything, but it was already in a TED talk by Amy Cuddy. I found her to be inspirational, and brilliant, and a Woman You Should Know. https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are

    • Sandy

      That’s what I was thinking. I watched Amy Cuddy talk about Power Poses over a year ago. She is listed as one of the researchers, too. I can’t even find John’s ted talk on the ted website.

      • Just for clarification, I didn’t take credit for the Harvard research team’s work (of which Amy Cuddy was one member). I correctly cited them in the talk, and WYSK actually credited them in the article above.

        My talk was a TEDx Talk. Those are the regional talks put on all over the world by various communities. You can find it in the article above. It’s the first link in the first sentence starting with the second word. No need to go to the TED site.

        I worked with the TEDx Team on my presentation. I had not seen Dr. Cuddy’s talk, but I was familiar with the Harvard team’s research, and loved it. That’s why I included it in the talk — although it was only one small component.

        You should watch the whole thing, and let me know what you think.

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