Wonder Woman is NOT a feminist!
Sometimes I despair of womanhood. Despite being a woman!
There are just so many idiots out there who leap upon any new opportunity to push their stupid 'we're just as good as men' propaganda. It sickens me. Of course women are awesome! We're just not THE SAME as men. Duh!
Hence my rant about the new Wonder Woman flick and the pathetic 'feminist' types who zealously insist its a feminist film.
Er, no. It's not.
I do of course realise that the creators of the original Wonder Woman in 1941 had quite a radical agenda for that time in producing a) a leading female cartoon character with her own story, and b) making her a superhero.
Back to the movie. Sure, I concede we have powerful physicality from the Amazons on their gorgeous island. Some of it was a bit too obvious and staged for me, such as the blonde haired horse rider who canters into the scene of the 'training ground,' with the women in mock combat on little raised platforms. (What's with that? It reminded me of strip club scenes from movies). Despite the deliberate mix of races there was a 'swedishness' to it all that smacked of 1970's sexism. The Wonder Woman figure, Diana, of this movie was a curious mix of 1980's Beastmaster and Zena, Warrior Princess. While I applaud the strength and athleticism of these women was VERY impressive, (turning in mid air and firing three arrows, if that's what actually happened), their sword play, hand to hand combat etc. I thought it went a bit over the top. However, I am not an Amazonian, brought up on an exclusively female island (OMG how dull!).
What annoyed me was Wonder Woman's outfit. and many of the females' outfits. Bared shoulders, tiny little skirts, tight corsets... It's Victorian restraint fused with sixties half-nudity. Don't see much liberation there. Men in a similar situation would be armoured to the neck. Not sexy, I guess, so a different standard for women warriors. (and don't get me started on The Shanara Chronicles, where flat chested bimbos wear strapless leather bustiers instead of proper armour). As a Primary School aged kid I remember watching Lynda Carter in the 1970's and being similarly annoyed with her outfit. How can you not get cut to ribbons dressed like that, super hero or not? Why does she have to be sexy at all? As you can tell, decades later I have not changed my opinion.
Nope, don't see a feminist movie here at all. As my best friend pointed out, Wonder Woman is based upon a cartoon of the forties era, so her outfit had to be true to the image we all have of her from the comics.
Then, once she left the island, it did improve slightly. I have to say that I did enjoy the movie, very much. It's just ridiculous what commentators are trying to imbue it with.
So, Wonder Woman leaves her home, the only child there for a LONG time. (Let's not think about the oestrogen-induced fights over that. Would you fancy living on an island where all their menstrual periods are synchronised? Puts a dampener on it, doesn't it fellas?)
Anyway, back to ranting. Diana flings herself into WWI, the trenches of No Man's Land even, armed with her shield, a sword, her metal headband and totally disarming naivete. Somehow the blokes all peel a path for her, staring at her gorgeous long legs as she surmounts the barrier and strides towards the German machine gunners who heartlessly fire at her, seemingly not noticing her fabulous long legs. Amazing her male offsiders with her fierce determination, Diana pursues her goal - to find and kill the ultimate lord of war - Ares, little realising that the real lord of war lies inside all humankind and cannot be eradicated.
So, plenty to annoy me about this movie. But having said that, lead actress Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins did a brilliant job working within the confines of the 1940's image of a female super hero. Chris Pine did a fair job of Steve Trevor (However I do find his tiny nose very distracting). There was nice chemistry between them, nice distance as comrades too, so well-balanced really.
All in all the film strived to show Wonder Woman as an independent, feisty if necessary, compassionate, idealistic young woman with a bright future. And that's not bad for a re-worked 1940's icon.