In a time when wonder woman is being hailed as a female icon and receiving so many positive reviews from both critics and viewers, one feminist still found reason to hate the movie. Christina Cauterucci – a writer for Slate, argues that Wonder woman fails as a Feminist movie because of the super-heroine’s sex appeal. According to her, Wonder woman is often described in the movie as “the most beautiful woman they have ever seen” by other characters, and she gets stares from men almost everywhere she goes. This is problematic:
To me, whatever chance Wonder Woman had of being some kind of feminist antidote to the overabundance of superhero movies made by and for bros was blown by its prevailing occupation with the titular heroine’s sex appeal. Characters frequently note that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, who goes by Diana in the film, is “the most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen.” Her male companions in the fight against Germany’s WWI forces drool behind her back at the notion that there may somewhere be an island full of women who look like her, with no men in sight.
When she walks into a room, even dressed in a plain gray suit and bowler hat instead of her usual sensual armored leotard, men go silent and stare. “I’m both frightened and aroused,” goes one character’s response to Diana’s ass-kicking moves, prompting one of the audience’s loudest, longest laughs at the screening I attended.
It gets worse.She also thinks the movie is homophobic.
I can’t even see the logic here:
The love story in Wonder Woman also seems positioned as a “no homo” response to the heroine’s inherently queer backstory: Diana was raised on a hidden island that contains only women, some of them fairly jacked and butch-of-center. A few hours after she meets the film’s leading man—Chris Pine as American spy Steve Trevor—Diana lets slip that she’s learned men are integral to reproduction, but “unnecessary” for purposes of pleasure. Truth drop!
And yet. Just a couple of days into their jaunt to stop the Germans from employing new chemical weapons, he’s shutting himself into her hotel room, presumably so they can do sex things. Diana is so clueless about men, human activity, and the basic concepts of manipulation and evil ….. that her capacity for consent is somewhat blurry. She can’t even understand why Trevor thinks it would be improper for them to sleep in the same bed when they’ve just met. Diana’s naïveté and innocence are crucial to the film’s moral thrust, but they cast her sexual relationship in a shiftier light.
Since a Feminist’s work is not done without nitpicking, she concludes the article by complaining about Wonder woman’s clothing, the shape of her nipples, and the fact that movie wasn’t “Feminist-woke”. She also complains that the movie doesn’t pass the bechdel test (There weren’t enough women in the movie):
Perhaps I was too distracted by the figure-skater dress Diana wears for most of the film, sculpted with tiny bumps for her apparently ever-erect nipples, to applaud the heavy-handed lines (“What I do is not up to you!”) that gesture toward female empowerment. I wondered why I’d come into the movie expecting some energizing woke-feminist manifesto instead of a film that stars one sexy woman surrounded by throngs of horny men, barely passing the Bechdel test after the opening scenes on Diana’s home island
Maybe the reason there aren’t enough women in the movie is because this is a movie about the allied powers fighting Germany and the Ottoman empires in the first world war – a war I don’t remember many women lining up to fight in?