Feminist Mantra Monday 29: Wonder
This week's feminist mantra is all about ... you guessed it ... Wonder Woman. I saw the movie yesterday, and a) really enjoyed it and b) had a lot to think about it.
Tbh, Wonder Woman hasn't really been on my radar. I vaguely knew it was coming out this summer, but it wasn't until I started seeing interviews and reactions that I knew I wanted to see it. (If you're wondering I particularly enjoyed this interview with Gal Gadot (the lead actress), this tweet, and this illustrated look into the history of Wonder Woman [pictured below].)
Seeing the movie yesterday was empowering and exciting and just a lot of fun. I've seen a million action movies and superhero films that I loved, but I didn't anticipate how different it would feel to see one led by a woman. Wonder Woman asserted truths about female power that I've spent the past few years mustering all of my feminist energy to believe, and for that I really loved the film.
I think it's also important to note that Gal Gadot's support of the IDF is also problematic (more on that here). But the more I reflect on it, the more I realize that Wonder Woman is problematic in similar ways. Her fight for "American freedom" comes with colonial implications and complicated politics that also need to be unraveled and disavowed in some instances. We can't consume anything from an a-political or naive stance, but that doesn't mean simply rejecting it either.
So how does all of this get us back to today's mantra? Well, first of all, carve out two hours to go see the film. Then spend a moment in wonder. See what washes over you. And after that moment, get back to the work of embedding it in its context, understanding it critically, and embodying those lessons. I'm a big believer that art and awe are as powerful political tools as fear or necessity. Let's see if we can enact that.