I don't think people who say we're overreacting about Wonder Woman understand
When you’re a girl, you don’t get to see women be cool, not as often as boys get to see men be cool.
You don’t get to see them fly and fight bad guys and be people you want to BE, do you know what I mean?
Guys get the cool super powers and girls get romance subplots.
Girls with powers are reduced to smaller roles and we have to make up fanfics and extended material that makes them the main character cuz male writers don’t need them for anything but romance plots.
Just look at girls on Tumblr.
Obsessed with white males.
Can’t get enough of that white guy named Chris.
I assume because they’re attractive in every socially constructed way.
And because they get to be the telekinetic, edgy angsty guy whose mom died who deserves all of our sympathy and attention.
So when people say Wonder Woman is a great movie but people are exaggerating how important it is that she be a role model, or that girls should look up to their mothers…
Like you don’t get how cool it is to be able to see someone like you do cool stuff. Your mom is great but she’s mundane, no offense to mothers. She’s not magical, she’s the kind of person you don’t appreciate until you’re older. And she’s not the type of person EVERYONE knows and recognizes and looks up to. Wonder Woman is, well now she really is. And she’s visible, she’s much more tangible, as fictional characters always ARE to mainstream audiences. So little girls get to see this awesome fictional lady…
-and you don’t have to pretend you’re a guy.
You don’t have to pretend that you’re not different from the people we’ve been told are the “desirable” people to be.
Wonder Woman is not only a great movie and a lovely social commentary.
But on a basic level, the more subconscious level of internalized feelings, of self identity and self love ?
I mean, are you a heartless monster or do you really have a problem with girls, and boys too, seeing a woman kick ass and not be the object of desire.
But the person everyone wants to be?
You show girls that they can be awesome, that they have more of a role in human existence than just being shallow love interests and you show boys that there are women they can look up to.
You got this larger than life woman acting as an icon for everyone, and for ONCE, this icon is female. Yes, the human race is represented, and idealized, in super heroes. Who are often male. Which says that our idealized self…is male.
So Wonder Woman being an idealistic superhero, our perfect self, the human shaped being we want to be…well. She’s female and BY WANTING TO BE HER…we say that there is nothing wrong with being female.
And yes yes yes yes argue that they have real life women they could look up to.
But do you really think most little boys want to learn about Madam Curie or Queen Isabella or Antoinette?
That’s boring history stuff.
Wonder Woman reaches a huge audience.
She’s more tangible, for children that is.
She feels more real than stuffy historical figures.
Stop acting like Wonder Woman being a role model is to be underplayed or devalued.
It’s important for people to feel EXCITED and exhilarated by a super hero who’s not a straight white snarky nihilistic male.
It gets their dusty little hearts beating and their minds thinking, hopefully.
Will it change anything politically, no.
Wonder Woman can’t impeach trump unfortunately.
But can it change how girls see themselves, how boys see women, how people look at what it means to be human?
So TL;DR- shut up. Wonder Woman is amazing. And shame on you for trying to take her away from children, you’re a menace and I need to talk to you, adult to adult.