Wonder Woman Is More Than Her Body

It’s hard to describe how excited I was to see “Wonder Woman” starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins. I love superhero movies, but we haven’t had a good one yet (in my opinion) featuring a female lead. So this was it! This was our chance to show that a female superhero can carry a movie just like Batman, Superman and more.

flickr: BagoGames

flickr: BagoGames

Thank goodness the movie lived up to the hype because I loved it and I can’t wait to see it again. Admittedly, I haven’t read too much press about the movie because I wanted to make up my own mind about it. I rarely read reviews — but I did come across an article Sunday that gave me pause. This article published on Self.com by Lindsey Lanquist was titled “Wonder Woman’s Thighs Jiggled Onscreen, and I’m So Happy They Did.”

I hope the author walked away from this movie with more than just this observation.

I get what she’s saying — it took a female director and a female lead to show that women can still be powerful and not subjected to the unrealistic standards that society, and men, place on women’s bodies. They can be a part of movies in a real way, and not just there to be sexy for and flirt with men. I wholeheartedly agree with her that the more female directors, writers and actors we have that rise to the top, the more we’re likely to see real depictions of women of all shapes, races, religions and more.

But this article gets under my skin because I feel like Wonder Woman, and Gal Gadot, is still being inspected for her body, for her supposed “flaws.” The article states this, too — most women, no matter how fit or thin or not, have jiggly thighs. Guess what? Men do, too! (Gasp!) But my question is: Why even bring this up? I honestly didn’t even notice this in the film — I admit there are times that films make me feel inferior to the female actor. I take in her beauty or fashion sense or fit figure and I feel badly about myself.

Not for one solitary second did that cross my mind in Wonder Woman.

I didn’t inspect their bodies, I didn’t think about mine. I didn’t see any perceived “flaws” — I didn’t even marvel at how long it must’ve taken these women to workout and achieve the muscle and agility they possess (even though I think it’s totally badass what they’re capable of!).

All I thought about was strength. Strength in character, strength in heart, the strength they have to fight evil and kick major ass.

So while I think it’s awesome that women were shown as they are, thigh jiggles and all, I think we need to get to a point where the first thing we comment on isn’t a woman’s figure. Can we please see a woman’s hard-work, her intelligence, her compassion, her willingness to give to others without expecting anything in return?

That’s what I see when I look at Wonder Woman. And I hope that’s what others can see in me.

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