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Will a super fem’s power always corrupt her?

20 Nov 2006 19:47 #7368 by happiest_in_shadows
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I’m going to say that the answer is no as far as I’m concerned. I know people like to say, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. However, I don’t buy into that and follow a different saying. “Prove yourself capable and trust worthy with the small things so that you may be trusted with greater.” Which is in disagreement with the idea of power corrupting.

If the lady in question has proven that she’s a good kind person with the power she does have I believe that she can be trusted with greater power in following with that wisdom. If a lady doesn’t lie, cheat, steal, talk behind people’s back or harm others without reason I don’t believe she’d start killing people when she suddenly got the power of Super Girl.

For me the major question is. Is she a kind person because that is who she chose to be or is it because society or the law forces her to behave a certain way?

If kindness is ingrained into who she is I don't believe the power could ever strip her of that.

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20 Nov 2006 20:11 #7369 by conceptfan
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Will a super fem’s power always corrupt her?


Not neccessarily. She might ALREADY be corrupt BEFORE she gets powers.

In my view, REAL power will always corrupt REAL people. Aliens might respond differently, but not us Earthlings. To me, a trite phrase like “prove yourself capable and trust worthy with the small things so that you may be trusted with greater" is (at best) patronising in the context of a non-superpowered child. In the context of super-powers, it's totally, utterly, irrelevant.

As this is fantasy anyway, perhaps the best answer is: "it depends on whether the person having the super-fem fantasy wants her to be uncorrupted or not."

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09 May 2007 06:37 #9188 by Random321
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Well ~ the ideal hero would have super will power along with that super strength.

However, a normal human who gets powers I would expect to struggle with the burden of being a “do good-er” or “do bad-er”

There are just so many fun things to do with power like that which would be mischievous to start. Then the question becomes ~ if you have that kind of power who do you help and who do you sacrifice given that you can’t be in every place at once.

Is letting a child in Africa die of malaria in favor of saving a bus load of kids in Greece power corrupting? You have the power to do something about them ~ but how do you pick? Does that lead to “corruption” of the ideals that would come with the power?

I guess what I’m saying ~ is that yes it will corrupt since as you gain power the bar for what is acceptable behavior goes up too.

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17 May 2007 12:20 #9320 by Berkhart
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I suppose that the majority of women would not turn to the dark side.

As conceptfan pointed out though, the fantasy world has different rules...and in my fantasy a girl with super powers equals bad news for the world around her!

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19 May 2007 09:24 #9341 by willow
I prefer to think that superpowers would free a woman from the confines and restrictions of normal society, and allow her to do as she truly pleases without the confines of morality or the law. Phaedra from Goddess Club and Family Reunion was not evil per se; she was just doing what she wanted, when she wanted.

I suppose that the majority of women would not turn to the dark side.

As conceptfan pointed out though, the fantasy world has different rules...and in my fantasy a girl with super powers equals bad news for the world around her!

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22 May 2007 05:26 #9368 by Random321
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I suppose that the majority of women would not turn to the dark side.


:? What gives you that idea? I have to admit I laughed hard when I read that because I think most women would go "dark" real fast.

<sexist> Men would go evil just to have the power/domination. Women would go evil to break into malls to steal shoes so that they could drive the heals of said shoes into the skulls of others to get the power/domination. </sexist>

Honestly if you gave me that kind of power ~ I'm not sure what I'd do. First I'd be overwhelmed by all the need out there and that would probably cause me to focus only on helping myself, the people around me, and those I cared about already. Some would perceive that as "evil" I guess.

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22 May 2007 19:51 #9375 by Grayface
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If were talking reality then in all likely hood the lawyers are whats going to do the corrupting. (now I'm not saying *all lawyers are evil, but It's just gonna take a few who think they can make a name for them selves.)
I gonna have to agree with Random , like I'm telling you something you don't know :P . How nice is she going to be once the lawyers start getting involved.

I mean did she have to pull the door off the car to save that guy,

I mean really did she have to blow the fire out SO hard? Just look at all the wind damage!

By using her freeze breath to freeze the lake solid and fly it into the sky and let it help put out the fire (yeah like in the Superman movie I forget which one.) where to start? The ecological damage? What about who ever owned the lake? Now there lake is gone! And what of the falling debris, like fish, rocks, and plants thsay are gonna come down some where, most like on the firemen, rescue workers, and maybe even on some near by housing or road ways. I mean think about the mental anguish of poor poor little Suzie who was playing in her sand box when several fish fall out of the sky and into her sandbox to splater her with fish guts, oh the poor girl will never be the same AND what would have happened if a fish had hit her? And don't forget about the near by roadway and the havoc the falling debris causing accidents. And maybe even a flash flood? I'm betting on a class action lawsuit.

Lets not forget the politics of who she should rescue? Our Super woman alltho incalculably powerful she is only one person and can only do so much. I can see the lawyers having orgasms over this one. I don't have to break this one down for you guys.

I figure the Super Woman will just worry about herself and close family, and friends. If we are lucky and she doesn't decide to just take what she wants maybe she works as a body guard? Or less likely some kind of security service.

Well thats my take.


*just most of them.

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22 May 2007 21:30 #9378 by argonaut
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Now there's an idea for a story ...

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04 Aug 2007 06:09 #9973 by Lastleaf
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Without a sufficient "grounding" good influence like family, friends and loved ones I suppose a superfem would be corrupted. Anybody with that kind of power, especially if unopposed is bound to change. There would be a large number of different reactions to anyone with superpowers some would be in awe, adoration, optimism, fear, jealousy, resentment and even hate. There would also be pride and hubris, change that comes from inside. It is kinda easy to gravitate to the dark side.

On Randoms post, I think the burden of responsibility isn't a corrupting force per se but the burden of accomplishing every expectations is what leads to downfall.

I can't say if one with firmly rooted ideals won't be corrupted. In reality the world is cruel. Even with ideals made of vendorian steel it is grinded away by human ambition, prejudice and a simple lack of concern for others. Scary.

I think all the powers of a superfem can't resist that. Only human compassion that we all have.

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