This issue’s Letter to the Editor is in response to Alex de León’s Opinion piece on “Wonder Woman” from Aztec Press’ Issue 2.
By NATALIE WOODS
I’m currently a math tutor at Pima East Campus, and I’m also a queer bookworm who enjoys the recent inundation of Marvel and DC action movies. When I read the piece about Wonder Woman, I was upset and most of my friends were, too.
For one, being beautiful is not a reason Wonder Woman cannot be a role model. Superheroes are expected to be attractive (Superman), unless their ugliness is part of the story (Deadpool). “Wonder Woman’s” Diana still has flaws; she is oozing naivete throughout the film. Plus, Sarah Connor from the “Terminator” series is equally as beautiful.
Second, how many times does the camera pan in on any female’s butt or chest in a movie? Too many times. How about in “Wonder Woman”? Not at all.
Third, her character was created by a man and woman team and there is BDSM vibes throughout the comics, but this was not about catering to a male audience. Plenty of women like this stuff, and if males do, too, that is OK. Diana is bisexual, which makes me feel great about the representation (and that she is not fulfilling a stereotypical role that you typically see female bisexual characters doing). And though I looked at Diana and the other Amazonian women in a sexual way (especially Hippolyta), I also noticed that the other Amazonian women had crow’s feet and other signs of aging, which is amazing because Hollywood typically casts young women for middle-aged roles.
Also, the uniform is quite modest. But a woman’s clothing does not determine how much power she has, and she does not need to be wearing pants to be taken seriously. Superheroes wear skin-tight outfits often and usually are shown in movies shirtless at least once.
“At the end of the day, I am tired of hearing how women need to meet standards that men do not meet themselves.”
Also, Sarah Connor’s outfit of tank top and cargo pants is equally revealing, especially in scenes where she is sweating and where she is very obviously not wearing a bra. Diana’s uniform is a realistic portrayal of ancient Roman armor. The skirt is cut high so as not to impede movement. She also wears greaves to cover her shins and knees, a form of armor. The other Amazonian women clearly are wearing appropriate leather (or crocodile skin) armor, and Diana’s armor is a more stylized version of this.
At the end of the day, I am tired of hearing how women need to meet standards that men do not meet themselves. Many people think this film did not do enough and many of us had high expectations going in. But we do not expect any other movies to fit these crazy criteria. Personally, I had a few issues with the film, but Wonder Woman is a great role model. This movie was directed by a woman, and it shows.
And that ought to be good enough.