Wonder Woman and Wonderless Wymyn

I’m sure you’ve all heard the answer to the question, “How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?” Answer: “That’s not funny!”

The accuracy of this old one is amply confirmed by the reaction so many feminists and other leftists are having to Wonder Woman. I’ve leave aside for the moment the vile leftist complaints about the film’s star, Gal Gadot, because she is Israeli and also served two years in the Israeli military, so some of her performance in the film may not have required much acting on her part. The motive here is rather transparent, as James Comey might say.

More fun is to take in this piece in Ms. Magazine:

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? . . .

Wonder Woman no longer fights on behalf of U.S. imperialism, which is a big shift from the early comics and a welcome change, even if it’s likely more about wanting to capture global audiences than politics. In December, the UN voted Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador, but members protested and she was subsequently dropped. They felt that a white woman in a bustier was not a good role model for girls around the globe. . . Indeed, there are many ways this film does not challenge the status quo. . . And it does nothing to challenge modern-day racist beauty standards.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.

Really, why do they have to make it this easy?


Another problem is that the story’s overt queerness gets sublimated by heteronormativity. . .


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