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Wonder Woman – A Feminist Icon?

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Unless you’ve been living in a cave in some remote wilderness, you’ve heard about the blockbuster movie Wonder Woman. You may also have heard that some feminists are upset over it. The truth is most women who’ve seen the movie actually love it, including feminists.

Just like they did with Disney princesses, women have imagined themselves in the place of female lead characters and wondered what it would be like to be them. What Wonder Woman does is break out from the confines of not only the Disney princesses but so many other female characters whose purpose and joy seems to come from receiving the adoration of men.

This Wonder Woman exudes sheer awesomeness that comes from her, just her. She doesn’t need permission to be awesome; she just is. Do men recognize her beauty and amazing skills? You bet they do, but she doesn’t require their recognition in order to be outrageously fabulous. That is the key that makes Wonder Woman both inspirational and aspirational for women.

Wonder Woman is 76 years old this year, and her character has morphed since she first appeared in All-Star Comics #8 in 1941. Back then, she was more like those Disney princesses with her reason to achieve being tied to a man. Instead of self-determination, Diana of Themyscira’s empowerment came from her mother, the gods and her all-encompassing desire for Steve Trevor. Not anymore.

This new and improved Wonder Woman has nearly everyone cheering, including women. She is a bad-ass warrior whose history, heritage and abilities far surpass every man she encounters. With superior intellect and super-human skills, she embodies confidence and liberation. And yes, she is also drop-dead gorgeous. Is that a bad thing? Heck no! She is a wonder to behold!

What does Wonder Woman instill in the women who watch her?

  • Empowerment
  • Confidence
  • Boldness
  • Inspiration
  • Self-determination
  • Goodness

Seeing a magnificent woman featured in a blockbuster film confirms that women can accomplish their goals and be the person they envision for themselves. Standing strongly and wholly on her own, Wonder Woman inspires women to achieve their dreams, be their best selves and never settle for a dull existence. Like Wonder Woman, women can have a life of strength, beauty, purpose and excitement.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the new Wonder Woman movie in the comments section. If you have yet to see it we highly recommend it!

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