Wonder Woman: Friend or Foe?

Warner Bros.’ DC Films is finally releasing a female super hero movie, Wonder Woman. While it should be great to see a fierce heroine take the screen in the current political climate, it’s actually causing a stir of commotion.

Back in October 2016 (the 75th year celebration for Wonder Woman), the United Nations began plans to have Wonder Woman as an honorary ambassador. When asked about this campaign the UN responded, “(It is) about women and girls everywhere, who are a wonder women in their own right, and the men and boys who support their struggle for gender equality.”

When time came to push this proposal though, a petition was made against Wonder Woman with over 45,000 supporters claiming their surprise that the UN would use “the epitome of a ‘pin-up’ girl” with an “ overtly sexualized image” to represent gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The UN was forced to drop Wonder Woman as their ambassador.

Despite criticisms of Wonder Woman’s hyper sexualization, she represents something bigger that women young and old need to be reminded of.

Psychiatrist Jean Kim, M.D., speaks on the importance of role models and why Wonder Woman is perhaps one of the BEST ones to have right now.

“[S]he has a historical presence that reaches almost as large as her male compatriots like Superman. The fact that she was never a conventional blondie …rendered her adaptable and inspiring to the different inner needs of her fans, like a true American icon. She merged toughness, sexiness, and smarts in a perfect comic book package…sometimes these pop cultural images and role models matter.”

Dr. William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator, was a man who sought to change the gender stereotyping of his time in the early 1940s. He wrote,” Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”

Wonder Woman is more than just a super heroin in a tight costume, she is a reminder that is needed in a time where women are called “disgusting” and told that they shouldn’t run for president because of their inability to not control their “moodiness.”

There are high hopes surrounding the revamp of Wonder Woman and the affect she will have on the younger generation. Wonder Woman fought for justice, female empowerment and equality. Her story will be a great inspiration for young women to always turn to the wonder woman inside all of them.

You can catch Wonder Women in theaters June 2nd and watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INLzqh7rZ-U

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