Now, I totally get why this is an issue for a lot of people. I also get why some people are happy about this announcement.
But - and this is the radical bit - this occurrence is neither the end of the world nor the saviour of humanity.
Let me sum-up a bit for you dearest nerdlets, and show you that all sides have some pretty impressive, and equally valid, points:
Not a 'real' woman
The evidence for the prosecution, m'lady, is as follows:
- Wonder Woman is fictional - she's not 'real.' There are plenty of non-fictional women who deserve the recognition of this role.
- She is often over-sexualised. Do we really want little girls looking up to a sex symbol as their role model?
- The creator of Wonder Woman was a man; her writers and artists are usually men. She is controlled by men.
- She has no voice of her own - only what people give her. She is a puppet with no agency of her own.
- Wonder Woman is commercial property - she is owned by DC comics. The UN currently has a women's ambassador who is beholden to commercial interests.
- Wonder Woman is too American to be a global ambassador.
- Wonder Woman is undeniably an icon with global recognition potential that needs little to no explanation.
- To many, she seems more real than the 'real' women - your average little girl is more likely to recognise - and relate to - Wonder Woman, than to Angela Merkel; so let's use that recognition for good.
- Wonder Woman was invented as a feminist icon - someone girls could look up to. This is a reclamation of her original identity - an undoing of the subversion of her original character; she wore a mini-skirt and knew it said nothing about her as a person. It was others who judged her for it.
- She saves the dude-in-distress constantly. Seriously, that's what she spent the first lord-knows-how-many years of her career doing - saving the useless dude's a*s, so that he didn't get his butt killed.
- She's canonically queer - any step forward for intersectional feminism can't be 100% bad.
- She shows girls that women can be whatever they want to be. A boob-tube and a mini-skirt doesn't make you stupid, weak, or ineffective.
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