“Wonder Woman” film impacts female identity

We need female heroes. We need to see ourselves portrayed as confident, powerful and skilled.

We need media to reflect our real lives more than it has.

Wonder Woman!

A New York Times OpEd discusses reactions to this female superhero, from inspired little girls to tears of validation by women viewers (People’s Twitter raves).

A  box-office hit, “Wonder Woman” is storytelling about a worthy leader, who just happens to be female. Like it’s normal, right? (wink)

Of course it is, to women everywhere that study, work, raise families, and contribute value.

Too bad it’s been rare: females are usually stereotyped as videogame sexpots, props to male leads, or … are missing entirely.

Gender inequity in media

Media tells us what is possible


Wonder Woman’s steely determination is only confounding for others. | photo by Clay Enos |photo link

“Wonder Woman” pluses

  • Female director, bulk of cast, star
  • No male-bashing, just full expectation of equality   “Fresh Feminism”
  • Wonder Woman is fierce AND compassionate (Guardian OpEd)

“Wonder Woman” conventions to conquer

  • Scantily clad (thankfully though, not spilling out of her top)
  • Wedge-heeled warriors (as if Amazon women aren’t tall enough)  Sexy or stupid? 

Apparently the Amazons switched to flats for combat, and the actor herself wore flats on her press tour “for comfort.”  OBVIOUSLY.

  • A beautiful star (The director called this wish fulfillment. Should looks always matter for women?)


UN ambassador for empowerment
Wonder Woman named United Nations Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls; actors Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter. 10/21/16  Reuters

The UN ended Wonder Woman’s ambassadorship early, after a petition complained about the white character’s buxom bod, showcased in a tight revealing outfit. Note this happened 6 months before the movie opened, with the current depiction missing the impossible proportions or expected pinup objectifying.


On a long road toward gender equality, this film was still a step forward for females.

Entertainment can change expectations.


My favorite line was when the fretful male spy cautioned Wonder Woman: “I can’t let you do that.”

She replied matter-of-factly, “You don’t have a say in what I do.”  Now that is progress.


More reviews:  CNN argues empowerment issue ♦  USA Today- 5 feminist moments  ♦ Popsugar thumbs-up


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