NMP - April 2018 - 66
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#MeToo Wonder Woman
By Eric Weinstein
ack in 2003, as
Owner of Carteret
us as the "Largest
Mortgage Broker in the Country"
that year. They threw a big black tie
gala in my honor at the NAMB
Annual Convention. I remember
many of the other Mortgage
Broker/Owners attending and
congratulating me. For the life of
me, I cannot remember any of them
being female. Of course, this was 15
years ago. I wonder how many of
the top 50 mortgage brokers in the
country this year are owned by
Now, for a seemly unrelated
Has anyone seen the new
Wonder Woman movie yet? Is
anyone a comic book fanatic like
I especially love the back stories
and the superhero's one weakness,
like Kryptonite to Superman. If the
superhero didn't have a weakness,
it would be a pretty dull story, with
them winning all the time.
The original Wonder Woman had
one weaknesses which is a
wonderful commentary on the
current #MeToo movement.
Wonder Woman's original key
weakness was permitting herself to
be bound by a man. This didn't
carry over to the current the movie,
but it was absolutely key to the
character Dr. Marston created.
Dr. Marston was an ardent
feminist and practicing psychologist,
when he created the character in
1941. His point was that women are
not actually inferior to men. This
was the outrageous assumption at
the time. Remember, it was 1941.
"They are not inferior, "Dr.
Marston said, "They are oppressed.
The only reason they are 'the
weaker sex' is because they allow
men to make them so. Hence, the
part about Wonder Woman
'permitting herself to be bound by a
" ... when looking for a leader in your mortgage
company, get with the new era ... women are just as
capable as men."
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From Wonder Woman's original
origin story, the Amazons were
Greek women who had been bound
by the wrists by the men. At one
point, they realized their power and
broke free. They then moved to their
own women-only island, where, in
the absence of male oppression,
they grew progressively stronger.
The unbound cuffs (called
"Bracelets of Submission") were
worn to remind them that allowing a
man power over them or "giving up
their independence" was what
sapped them of their own power in
the first place.
Dr. Marston was using this as a
symbol. He was, after all, an ardent
"As per Aphrodite's law, when an
Amazon's bracelets are bound
together by the actions of a man,
she loses her powers."
This was still around as recently
as the TV show in the 70s.
However, this weakness has since
been PC'd out of existence.
The original purpose of the
#MeToo movement by creator
Tarana Burke was to empower
They would both agree:
The only reason women are "The
Weaker Sex" is because they allow
men to make them so. By standing
up and saying something, they free
themselves from oppression.
Wonder Woman would be proud.
Women are finally freeing
themselves from oppression just like
Dr. Marston envisioned in 1941.
Originally, Wonder Woman had
one weakness, based around the
fact that the bracelets she wore
were "Bracelets of Submission." If a
man managed to tie her bracelets
together, she would lose all of her
superpowers, exactly like Superman
The point is, when looking for a
leader in your mortgage company,
get with the new era ... women are
just as capable as men. And for all
you women out there, start your own
mortgage company. You, are the
only one who can hold yourself back.
Eric Weinstein worked in banking, on the commercial real
estate side until 1991, when he fell in love with residential
lending. In 1995, he started a small mortgage company in
his basement called Carteret Mortgage Corporation, which in
2003, grew to one of the largest mortgage broker companies
in the United States. Eric is semi-retired, doing mortgages
by referral only. He may be reached by phone at (703) 5058692 or e-mail EWeinstein4U@gmail.com.