The new adaptation of Wonder Woman is refreshing and empowering, and there are so many things for girls to look up to. To start off, this Wonder Woman looked athletic and strong. You can see her powerful muscles move when she runs and fights and you know, she can kick ass. She is one princess who needs no rescuing. And will in fact, save the world.
I have always loved stories with strong independent women, heroines who can fight her own battles and not wait for a man to save her. And this Wonder Woman delivers. She’s passionate and fearless as she charges into battle. Yes, it doesn’t hurt that she’s also a demigod. Sometimes, she jumps headlong into a fight without really thinking about it, driven by her fierce determination to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves.
As a young girl, I thought girls and boys were the same, in that we’re human, and that what we can and can’t do was limited by personality, upbringing and physical abilities, and not by our sex. I watched Top Gun and wanted to be a fighter pilot. I wanted to be James Bond, not the Bond girl. I didn’t know of any limitation to what a girl could be. It wasn’t until much later that I realized the world didn’t see it that way.
I look forward to the day when gender is not an issue. It’s one of the reasons why the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres are so great, to be able to imagine a universe where women and men are truly equals.
Action movies and books need more female leads. In too many stories, the man is always the lead, while the woman plays support. It’s nice to finally see a woman leading the story and the battle. I’m a sucker for two strong protagonists falling in love and fighting side by side. The role reversal in this Wonder Woman movie is both exhilarating and game changing. She represents the action hero in all of us.