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.
This Superhero just finished her physically demanding job and was waiting to take the bus home.
This Superhero mom and her two Superhero daughters were sightseeing in Gotham.
This Superhero was on-the-go in Gotham.
This Superhero of Wall Street was wheeling and dealing.
These Superheroes swooped in to Gotham all the way from Liverpool, England.
This Superhero defeats evil forces with her quick wit.
This Superhero is directing traffic and keeping Gotham-ites safe.
This Superhero is standing proud and rocking her tattoos.
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 braved the rain on a break from a hard day’s work.
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.