Last week I saw Wonder Woman, and I just came to watching it again… What an amazing movie! I’m serious. I think the film it’s exactly what we need right now.
It’s about female empowerment, full of strong and brave women. To me, it’s all about feminism.
Women are repeatedly erased from the history of classical music, art and medicine… But there’s a strikingly clear, iconic, symbolism in Wonder Woman.
She remains a powerful iconic cultural representative after all those years.
Wonder Woman first appeared as a character in DC Comics in 1941, her creator was supposedly inspired by the feminism of the time,
and specifically by the contraception pioneer Margaret Sanger (being able to stop people getting pregnant would be a cool superpower, tbh).
Wonder Woman is a kickass super-heroine with guts, moral clarity and charisma to spare.
Yet, when she arrives in London to put a stop to the war to end all wars, she instinctively obeys a handsome guy. This is a patriarchal figment.
So, naturally, you begin to wonder why does she have to fight in knickers that look like a fancy letterbox made of leather?
Does her appearance and its effect on the men around her really have to play such a big part in all her fight scenes?
Even I thought, if she is a half-god, half-mortal super-creature, don’t she would have recognized the god Ares immediately? (Unless he were a better god than her, being a male god).
I know, I get it, but I still loved it!!! And I didn’t love it as a guilty pleasure. I loved it with my whole heart.
Yes, she is sort of naked a lot of the time, but this isn’t objectification so much as a cultural reset: having thighs, actual thighs you can kick things with, not thighs that look like arms,
is a feminist act. The whole Diana myth, women safeguarding the world from male violence not with nurture but with better violence, is a feminist act itself.
Many make the mistake here of desearning bias for girls and women, but in fact, like all feminists, Diana represents,
speaks to and acts on the ethical imperative that an equitable balancing of the scales will heal societal constructed problems that persist through a misogynist manipulation of cultural norms.
I know many women understand they are equal, but are needlessly hindered by a society and culture that fails to see this or actively works against it. Here’s where the film works.
If you ask me, the film is full of wonderfully feminist moments, for instance,
the introduction to Themyscira; one of the most interesting things about the film is the island where Diana comes from, an all-female paradise where the Amazon warriors train.
It’s pretty incredible to see the diverse, strong group of Amazonian’s training for battle, as a result, Diana grows up believing she can do anything.
Or how she ignores the patriarchy, Diana bursts into meetings full of men, ignores when men tell her she can’t do something.
There are societal expectations about how women are supposed to behave, both during the turn of the century time frame of the movie and in present day.
Because she grew up on a secluded island among women, she doesn’t know what those expectations are and doesn’t care when she finds out. She also won’t apologize for being a woman.
The movie champions her femininity: Her power isn’t diminished by caring too much or experiencing her emotions. Instead, her love and kindness strengthen her.
I think Wonder Woman is still relevant because of the individual strength of character.
Almost always Diana acts as many “classic Superheroes” archetypes do, with a code that comes down to the golden rule,
individual freedoms and violent action only in the face of oppressive forces, but this individual strength of character is not unique in heroes like Batman or Superman,
and is not often enough represented in fictional depictions of women.
Just to finish I would like to share with you this collection of cute Wonder Woman related things that happened in the week that the movie was released (which I read on Twitter): - On Monday,
a boy who was obsessed with Iron Man, asked his parents for a new Wonder Woman lunchbox.- A little girl said: “when I grow up I want to speak hundreds of languages like Diana”.
- Seven girls playing together during recess on Tuesday, saying that since they all wanted to be Wonder Woman they had agreed to be Amazonas and not fight but work together to defeat evil.
- There’s one girl who asked the teacher if she could ditch her uniform for the Wonder Woman armor, because she “wanted to be ready if she needed to save the world”.
- On Wednesday, a girl come with a printed list of every single female superhero and her powers, to avoid any trouble when deciding roles at recess.
“Consider this a friendly reminder that if this movie completely changed the way these girls and boys thought about themselves and the world in a week,
just imagine what the next generation will achieve if we give them more movies like Wonder Woman.”