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Shieldmaiden

John was a soldier huddled in the trenches facing No Man’s Land, feeling the most wretched he had ever been. He was cold and hungry, overwhelmed with the stench of unwashed bodies and infected wounds, the nearly endless rounds of gunfire and grenade explosions, the screams of the dying.

Sometimes he felt as if he would never again know the taste of bread and a proper cuppa tea, to breathe in air that was not foully tainted by the Enemy’s noxious poisons. Sometimes he felt that they were all under the pitiless gaze of some great Eye, naked in the Dark.

And then he heard an American voice say, “Don’t you understand? This is No Man’s Land. That means no man may cross it.”

And thus, John’s attention was captured by the hooded figure the American was speaking to. She dropped the cloak to reveal armor, that her hands carried a sword and a shield, and she ascended the ladder with steps swift and sure. John would always remember these words, though she herself had never said them aloud, but her actions spoke clear as day:

“I am no man.”

There she stood, a shining figure in the middle of No Man’s Land, facing the Enemy and drawing their fire, beautiful as the dawn, terrible as the sea, stronger than all the foundations of the Earth.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien does not remember how he scrambled up the ladder to follow after her, only that he and his fellow soldiers followed in Her wake, to fight by her side and onwards to victory.

It’s Not a Competition!
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Some fans are using Black Panther to diminish Wonder Woman. First of all, Black Panther comes out in 2018 so why the pettiness? They are literally not competing against each other for audiences. One has an Israeli female lead the other has an African-American male lead. There is no good reason to take shots especially when Wonder Woman has proven itself to be a great movie. We don’t know how Black Panther will turn out, and Marvel has dropped the ball multiple times when it comes to portraying their characters. Praising Black Panther is very premature and using it to belittle other movies is immature. Now is Wonder Woman’s time for celebration.

I also don’t know why some Black Panther fans are attacking Wonder Woman based on black representation. Of course it has more black representation when it’s set in Wakanda, Africa. That doesn’t make Wonder Woman any less a champion of social progressivism. Several of the black Amazons did have both action and speaking roles. The goal isn’t one movie trying to represent everyone. The goal is for Hollywood to have more diverse movies. We shouldn’t be fighting over the few movies we have that aren’t about white males and pitting them against each other.

If you’re going to take jabs against Wonder Woman using the The Dora Milaje, I’ll counter by pointing out the fact that The Dora Milaje in Black Panther are a group of female bodyguards literally under a patriarchy. They don’t even compare with the superhuman, immortal Amazons who are an entire nation of ethnically diverse warrior women with an elected government. Now let’s behave and learn to celebrate both movies for what they contribute to diversity.  

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