As we have discovered many times, big media companies often take a laissez-faire approach to the use of their trademarks by other companies, especially small businesses. But if that business tries to trademark that name or image themselves, that’s when the lawyers kick in and start to shut the show thing down. Which is fair enough, it’s one thing for a guy or a gal to call themselves Superplumber, but if they tries to trademark that name internationally with an image of them wearing a cape with a big P on his chest, creating an intellectual property that hey, someday someone might decide they could turn it into a film, there might be an issue.
And so it is with Tenaya TJ Tison who published the self-help book Killing Wonder Woman last February. It’s pretty much Christian-women-at-work help book with the full title Killing Wonder Woman: Setting Weary Women Free to Win at Work and Soar in Faith with the blurb telling us,
Working women of faith are subjected to daily blows of lies and deception. We are barraged with messages that we’re not good enough, smart enough, thin enough, spiritual enough. We believe that our professions mean very little in the eyes of God. We’re feeling tired and discouraged from holding ourselves to impossible standards. These damaging lies and labels now have a name: Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman is a symbol of the unobtainable. She is a blend of all the women both real and fictional–that we idolize. She is the whispers of doubt and negative self-talk that run rampantly through our minds. It’s time to stop listening. It’s time to slay Wonder Woman!
Killing Wonder Woman is more than a book. It’s a long-overdue weapon that we, as working women of faith, can yield to cut down burnout, destroy discouragement, and set ourselves free of unrealistic expectations. Once we break loose of Wonder Woman’s deception, we can open ourselves more fully to trust God’s plan and integrate Him into all aspects of our lives, including in our workplace calling.
Are you ready to win at work and soar in faith? This is your call to arms.
So you know, people might have an issue with some of that, but it’s a free country, and people are free to publish all sorts of books. And this one came out to decent enough reviews.
”T. J. Tison creates a compelling reason why your Wonder Woman needs to die. A great read with real insights and actionable ideas, coaching you how to live a more adventurous life God’s way.”–Kathryn M. Tack, executive coach, speaker, and trainer with the John Maxwell Team
”Killing Wonder Woman equips you with the power of YOUR voice and gives you the choice to no longer shape your voice according to what you hear in the media, at work, at home, or from any other place. A life-changing experience awaits you.”–Suzann Brown, senior vice president, the Private Client Reserve of US Bank
”Tenaya (T.J.) Tison has enlightened us with truth to recognize the wiles of the enemy. The myth and disguise of Wonder Woman has depleted us long enough. As you digest each page of this book, I am confident that you will be strengthened and revived to experience a change of life.”–DaVetta ”Dee” Collins, founder and CEO of Dunamis Woman Enterprise, LLC
”Killing Wonder Woman is a thought-provoking, inspiring book written with faith-filled words about the real-world experiences of working women. Be ready to reflect on the wonders of our womanhood and be challenged to rethink one’s purpose and passion for faith at work.”–Cindy Leines, owner and founder, CEL Public Relations, Inc
That kind of thing. Tison is also the founder and executive director of Working Women of Faith and describes herself as “a business leader and entrepreneur, with a proven track record as a strategic advisor and change agent within the small business sector.”
So she might have realised it probably wasn’t a great idea to try and trademark “Killing Wonder Women” even in the plural when the very media she criticises contains the behemoth that is Warner Bros. The brothers vs the sisters? Anyway, Megan L Martin of Warners is challenging Tison’s lawyer, Kenneth Kunkle, who files the trademark claim, on behalf of DC Comics and has been given until the 23rd of December to mount a case against it.
Merry Christmas everyone! You know, I bet the cover of the book will play a part too…