Wonder Woman

This article is from June of this year, but it took awhile to drift into my field of view.

From Ms. Magazine: When Will Wonder Woman Be a Fat, Femme Woman of Color?

They go on to make their argument:

Now that the female superhero has finally made it to the big screen, critics and audiences are asking whether Wonder Woman is a feminist film. But the question itself is problematic. For one, it makes “feminist” a subjective adjective. Also, it suggests there’s a monolithic Feminism, when really feminist movement encompasses innumerous feminisms in motion. The more inciting questions are: How does this film represent Wonder Woman? What’s missing from this representation? And, what does it say about this particular moment in time?

Why couldn’t Wonder Woman be a woman of color? When it was announced that Gadot would play Wonder Woman, audiences went wild body shaming her for not having large enough breasts. One can only imagine the white supremacy that would have emerged had the announcement said instead that she would be played by a Black woman. On Paradise Island, there are Black warriors in addition to white ones, which is a good start, but other women of color are missing. Also, while the female warriors are strong and ass-kicking, they all have tall, thin body types and they all could be models on a runway. In fact, in a pivotal battle scene, Wonder Woman struts across the battlefield as if on a catwalk. As a result, their physical strength plays second fiddle to their beauty, upholding the notion that in order to access power women must be beautiful in a traditional way. Especially with the body positivity movement gaining steam, the film could have spotlighted female warriors with fat, thick and short body types. While people have said that warriors can’t be fat, some of our best paid male athletes are, particularly linebackers on the football field, and no one doubts their physical strength.

Let me answer their question.

“Dear Sugar Tits,

Wonder Woman debuted in 1941.  She is from the island of Themyscira, and her full name and title is Princess Diana of Themyscira, Daughter of Hippolyta.  Themyscira is an island of female warriors governed by Aphrodite’s Law.

In the 2017 movie, Wonder Woman is played by Gal Gadot.  Gadot is from Petah Tikva, Israel, on the Mediterranean.   She served in the Israeli Defense Forces during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, kicking terrorist ass.  Before enlisting in the IDF, she was a beauty queen winner as the 2004 Miss Israel.

So, Wonder Woman is a Mediterranean warrior princess, being played by a Mediterranean warrior (beauty) queen.

She’s about as authentic to the character as an actor or actress can be in a super hero movie.  Except perhaps for Robert Downey Jr. playing a wealthy, womanizing, celebrity, with substance abuse problems.

For people who can’t tolerate whitewashing of characters in movies, what justification do you have to alter this.

Despite your social justice preening, you will never convince people to see a movie in which a black, trans, Trigglypuff tries to stop the apocalypse by making a German madman check is white male privilege.

Ever.

Sincerely, J.Kb.”

 

8 Replies to “Wonder Woman”

  1. Linebackers aren’t fat. The breadth of ignorance is large with this one. Perhaps she was thinking of offensive lineman (who don’t have to run nearly as much as linebackers). So I suppose if this fat Wonder Woman of color is just going to sit back in her invisible jet eating Bon Bons and blowing shit up instead of chasing bad guys with her lasso, she wouldn’t need to be so offensively fit.

  2. Another reason WW is a fit, beautiful woman:
    Hollywood (at least until recently) didn’t make movies to comment on the human condition. They made movies for one reason: To put butts in seats at ten bucks per butt. Would you pay ten bucks to see a fat, jiggly woman, of whatever color, kick ass on the silver screen? No? Neither would most men, and neither would most women. You can only suspend so much disbelief.
    The “woman of color” “white supremacy” idea is bullshit, too, as any Pam Grier fan will happily explain to this nice lady.
    Action movie fans like our ass-kicking women to look like ass-kicking women. We don’t care if she’s white, black, brown, yellow, or blue. We just want to believe she can really do her job, which is kicking bad guys’ asses.
    Is that too hard to figure out?

  3. Trigglypuff as an action hero? I can see the build up to the final confrontation!

    The bad guy and remaining loyal henchman are escaping after Trigglypuff spoils their plans by eating the detonator. Suddenly, the villain orders the hench-person to turn back and delay our “Hero.”

    Swing! Swing! (10 seconds of ineffectual slap-fighting, finally) *Pow* -Bad Guy collapses- -Our Hero straightens up- Wheeze! Gasp! -waddles slowly to the door- “You can’t (gasp! pant, pant) escape! I will catch (wheeze!) you! … Where is my Hover-round?”

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