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.
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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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If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right
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In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"


35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?


39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"


I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

Cover Image Credit: Vine

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A Reflection On Moving Out Of My Childhood Home

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I keep finding myself awake past midnight and not being able to find sleep. At first, I thought the restless nights were because of my back problems and ultimately being uncomfortable. Then, I figured it was the stress of leaving for college on the horizon. Now, I do realize it was the latter, but also me rejecting the fact that I'm actually leaving.

Reality is punching me in the face — after I leave, I will never fully live in my childhood home again.

Even when I'm here for holidays, there will always be a part of my life elsewhere. Hence, why I'm staying up until odd hours of the night and sleeping long into the day when I can. I want to dwell in these moments where time seems to stand still. Even my social media platforms are slow and not updating constantly. Everyone is asleep and it feels like the whole world is quiet for a while. I'm soaking in these moments and taking in everything I can.

Scents of my home: warm vanilla, laundry detergent, and fresh coffee.

The sights: primitive welcomes, farmhouses and cows, waking up to a foot of snow on the ground, and pictures from my youth on every wall.

The sounds: reality television, relatives gossiping on the phone, the mix of my brother and I's music on the second floor, the creaking of my bedroom door, and the dog's squeaking toys.

The tastes: homemade dinners, coffee in the mornings that never tastes the same, and microwave popcorn late at night.

Feeling the carpet underneath my feet, the warmth of the pellet stove in the winter and sunshine through the windows in the summer. The feeling of a hot shower after a long day, then wrapped in a warm blanket watching the latest Netflix series. The feeling of a big bear hug to start and end my days, and the weight of grief that still hangs over our family even on the happier days.

I don't know how to leave it behind.

No matter what, these things will always be a part of me: Home. My roots. When at midnight, I dwell in the raw being that is my home and place of growth and love. I'll find another home soon, but it'll be home in different senses — smell, sight, touch, sounds, and tastes. Until then, I'm going to live in these ones.

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