Wonder Woman Helps Change The Status Quo For Females Everywhere

Wonder Woman Helps Change The Status Quo For Females Everywhere

You see her as strong and fearless, but you also see her vulnerable and naïve. You see her develop as a human and as a god.

Warning: If you have not yet seen the film, there are spoilers in the following article, and I urge you to get to your closest cinema immediately to see it for yourself.

Now, I don’t usually write movie reviews, but when I do, it’s because there was something phenomenal about them. I could gush and prattle on and on regarding everything I loved about “Wonder Woman”, but I will spare the internet.

This was such an important film. I don’t know about you, but I grow tired of the overly sexualized and one-dimensional heroines and female leads in movies. In the last few years, characters like Katniss, “X-Men”’s Storm and Jean Grey and Netflix’s “Supergirl” have emerged as strong female characters in the genre.

My favorite heroine to date?

Wonder Woman.

In the year of the historic Women’s March on Washington, a time when many threats are being made to women’s rights and healthcare, the world needs a female superhero and that superhero is Wonder Woman.

The film has far reaching implications for feminism, but I will break them down into three points: the love interest, wardrobe and character.

About her love interest:

Chris Pine plays military spy Steve Trevor, a man who finds himself washed ashore an island of Amazonian Women. Through their journey to man’s world to end the war and defeat the god Mercury, the two fall in love.

Though perhaps a tad cliché, their romance is not central to the plot of the movie, you don’t even see them have sex, which by today’s movie standards is rare--unlike films like “Bridget Jones’ Diary” and others that have strong female leads, but the focus of the story is primarily about their love life.

“Wonder Woman” focuses on Diana Prince, or at least that's how she is referred to in the world of man, who later becomes Wonder Woman.

In his piece for Vox, writer Alex Abad-Santos explains Trevor’s role in relation to the protagonist, “If we go by the traditional superhero movie rubric, Steve Trevor is the Jane Foster to Prince’s Thor, the Pepper Potts to her Iron Man, the Lois Lane to her Superman. But he’s more fully realized than any of those superhero girlfriends get to be”.

You get a sense right away, from the moment Prince discovers Trevor drowning, that something is going to happen between them. From the time that Trevor explains marriage and the implications at that time of sleeping next to someone without having tied the knot to a celebratory dance in the snow leading to their first kiss.

He teaches her about the good, bad and ugly that is the world of man, and I don’t mean mansplaining.

Created from clay and raised on an island of warrior women, Prince knew nothing of mankind. And though her questions befuddle Trevor at times, they develop a playful tête-à-tête.

Because of the character’s naivete, it would have been a mistake for actor Gal Gadot to play her as ditsy or simple minded, but instead, she is portrayed as curious.

Though their romance may be cut short by Trevor’s final selfless act in the film, it was well done. The movie was about Prince finding her own strength, learning her own capabilities as half-human and half-god.

Too often in movies and in real life women are defined by their relation to men and I feel as though “Wonder Woman” avoided that successfully.

Let’s talk wardrobe…

This is the Wonder Woman from the 1970s.

This is the Wonder Woman from the modern era.

Some may miss the 1970’s cape and leotard that screamed “for beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain” – or something- but what Gal Gadot’s character dons in the new movie is armor. What used to be a tiara is now a headdress.

The costume designer for “Batman V. Superman” — where we see Wonder Woman for the first time on screen — Michael Wilkinson, drew inspiration for her wardrobe from Greek and Roman warriors and gladiators.

We didn’t need another slinky, bustier and a close-up shot panning up her body so the world can see how hot she is. Yes, she’s sexy, but her attractiveness comes from her physical and inner strength.

Wonder Woman hails from an island of Amazonian women who spend their days learning how to be strong.

Costume, hair and makeup designer Lindy Hemming explains her vision for the film in an interview with Flickering Myth.

“Amazonian warriors look like strong, powerful women. That's why I decided to create the mohawks and keep everyone's hair in a tight plait. They're meant to be like gladiators in training,” said Hemming.

The movie even pokes fun at a fashion accessory intended to squeeze your ribs and organs together to make women smaller and resemble the small-waisted ideal society has put on a pedestal for so long: the corset.

It can be argued that what Wonder Woman wears is similarly shaped to a bustier or a corset, but the intentions and implications are vastly different.

The focus needed to be on Wonder Woman and the Amazon’s strength, not their sex appeal, and the film did it right.

For over half a century female leads have been lost looking for Kansas, and there have been some pretty spectacular exceptions to that, but the majority have been portrayed as one-dimensional and frankly, pathetic.

“Wonder Women” is helping change that status quo.

When it comes down to it, women are fierce and fearless, but we’re also capable of empathy, nurturing and emotional intelligence. Wonder Woman is superhuman in her belief in the goodness of mankind.

Though she is a god with enough strength to knock out an entire building and emerge from the rubble without so much as a scratch, she is also capable of limitless amounts of love.

She sees human suffering and dives into the frontlines of a battlefield to stop it. And when she is faced with the worst side of humanity she chooses to see the possibility for good.

You see her fall in love and watch loved ones die.

You see her as strong and fearless, but you also see her vulnerable and naïve.

You see her develop as a human and as a god.

Zoe Williams sums up Wonder Woman’s feminist role in film and society in her opinion piece featured in "The Guardian", “Yes, she is sort of naked a lot of the time, but this isn’t objectification so much as a cultural reset: having thighs, actual thighs you can kick things with, not thighs that look like arms, is a feminist act. The whole Prince myth, women safeguarding the world from male violence not with nurture but with better violence, is a feminist act. Casting Robin Wright as Wonder Woman’s aunt, re-imagining the battle-axe as a battler, with an axe, is a feminist act. A female German chemist trying to destroy humans (in the shape of Dr. Poison, a proto-Mengele before Nazism existed) might be the most feminist act of all”.

Prince is the personification of strength. From the way she holds herself to her boldness taking on impossible odds to stand up for the greater good, and those are just her human qualities.

Wonder Woman is a superhero for young men and women to look up to. She’s the hero we all need.

Cover Image Credit: Flickr

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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The Ultimate Shopping List Of Stuff You Need When You Move In Together

Other than the obvious groceries, there's quite a few things you and your boo should get before moving in.


You've finally hit that stage in the relationship where one of you moves in or get a place together! It's exciting, it's new but here's the stressful part...what do you bring?

When moving in it's crucial that you each go through your stuff to get rid of anything you don't need/want. But there's also things that need to be bought too. You might not realize it yet, but you do not want to move in together without having all the essentials ready to go. So here is the ultimate shopping list for when you and your significant other move in together!

1. Extension Cords

You don't want to be fighting over who gets the outlet by the bed and who has to put their phone on the other have of the room, get extension cords now so you don't have to worry about the hassle!

2. Extra Blankets

If your boyfriend/girlfriend is anything like mine, he is a HUGE blanket hog. Buy some extra blankets to keep under the bed so when they decide they need 95% of the blanket, you have back up.

3. Extra Towels

You never want to be the one stuck needing to shower without a clean towel at hand.

4. A Calendar

My boyfriend and I are constantly busy. Between both of us having two jobs (me having three plus school) it's hard sometimes to keep track of who's where at what time. A calendar will take away that stress!

5. A whiteboard for the fridge

It might sound silly but this is great! If you need milk but won't have time to pick it up, leave a message on the board for your boo! Or if you feel like leaving a note saying they need to pick their socks up from the living room floor...

6. More hangers

I personally prefer to hang my clothes up, it leaves less of a hassle trying to rummage through clothes to find something to wear. You're going to want more hangers when you're sharing a room with that special someone.

7. An extra key

Obviously you should both have keys to the house, but there is going to come a time where one of you gets locked out, and the other can't get to you for hours. Make that spare key and hide it in a good spot to save the hassle of trying to climb into your window without your neighbors calling the cops...

8. A key rack

This is so convenient. Keeping track of keys can be a struggle as is, let alone when you and your S.O. keys look the exact same. Buy a key rack to keep them in place.

9. A shower caddy

Buy one ASAP. Those shower ledges can hold your shampoo and conditioner but when you double it up, it's messy.

10. Door mat for shoes

Now that you live together, you're going to want to have a door mat (if you don't already) for you to leave your shoes when you walk into the house. Shoes that you tend to wear frequently can be left my the door and other shoes (heels and dress shoes) can be left in the closet!

11. A shoe rack for the closet

One person tends to own at least four pairs of shoes. (Well, my boyfriend owns like four pairs of just boots.) If you both have a lot of shoes and don't want to take up too much space, get a shoe rack for the closet! This keeps them organized and won't leave you tripping over any of them.

12. Candles/air fresheners 

This is crucial. You guys live together now and there's going to be times where you're "doing your business" and it leaves that smell behind. Make sure you have candles or air fresheners to mask away that dreadful stink.

13. More laundry baskets

You may not realize it now, but one or two laundry baskets isn't going to cut it. There is going to come a time where you won't have time to do laundry for either of you that week. One or two laundry baskets can fill up pretty quick with two people. Always be sure to have extras. Better to have more than not enough!

14. Spare bed sheets

This comes in so handy. You always want to be able to sleep in a clean bed, but sometimes it can take FOREVER to wash them! Get that extra bed set that, when it comes time to wash one, you always have a clean back up to not feel rushed!

15. All the cooking stuff

Seriously, whether you are getting a new place together or moving in with your S.O. you want to have ALL the essential cooking needs. Even the non-essential ones.

16. Plates and silverware

Self explanatory.

17. Area rug

These are just nice to have cause they really tie the room together!

18. Storage, storage, STORAGE

This is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. There's two of you know, you're going to want as much storage as humanly possible to fit all of your stuff together

19. A welcome mat

20. A blow out mattress

If you are anything like my boyfriend and I, we are constantly having friends over. You want to be completely prepared if friends need/want to spend the night!

21. LOTS of tissues, paper towel and toilet paper.

You can never have more than enough of this.

22. Batteries

It's never fun when the remote batteries die.

23. Extra light bulbs

24. Cleaning supplies

Broom, mop, vacuum, duster, pledge, ALL OF IT.

25. Decorations for the holidays

Because you NEED to be spirited. This is finally your time to decorate your home just how you like it.

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