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Wonder Woman Proves That Strong Female Characters Will Never Go Out of Style

By Victoria James--For decades, women in movies and books have been portrayed as “good” or “brave” but rarely as the hero at the center of their own journey. Wonder Woman defies this stereotype in the new Wonder Woman movie trailer, where she proves that queer women can be the heroine that feminists have been waiting for.

The trailer shows Wonder Woman in a World War II society, with characteristics that would typically define a male superhero in the mainstream media. She is seen as strong, powerful, influential, a leader, and at peak physical ability—traits that are typically only seen in male superheroes.

Historically, superheroes are white males who have all of these characteristics; however, Wonder Woman defies this notion by creating the image that girls and women can be as powerful, strong, and assertive as they want. While society dictates that girls need to dress a certain way, look a certain way, act a certain way, and like certain things because of their gender, Wonder Woman demonstrates that girls and women can be just as independent and heroic as males (and that it might not be too bad to be able to “throw like a girl”).

Because Wonder Woman is this powerful leader figure, she is valued for her strength, intelligence, and ability rather than for her appearance. A common issue in society today is that, while men compete for power, women are constantly in competition over what they look like, what they’re wearing, or what size they are.

How they look is always portrayed as more important than their character—which is a problem for several reasons. We can’t teach young girls that when they grow up, their appearance matters more than their intelligence and ability, which is why Wonder Woman is such a great influence. She teaches females, young and old, that they can be superheroes, too.

In all types of movies and comic books we see today, women are used for their bodies to have sex appeal and nothing else—another reason they are stereotypically nothing but “sidekicks” to the heroic male leads. However, Wonder Woman’s body is not used for sensuality, but rather, to embody strength and power. Because of her supremacy and authority, her image is depicted as “confidence” rather than just “sexy.”

This past summer, DC Comics confirmed that Wonder Woman is bisexual, something that has been speculated for several years and that nobody was particularly surprised about. Because she is such a powerful, inspirational, and courageous figure, it seems as though no one was particularly concerned on whether or not she loved women or men. When it was revealed that she was queer, it was a huge step in humanizing those who fall somewhere in the middle of the LGBTQ spectrum. This demonstrates how one’s sexual orientation doesn’t define their character, and gave the LGBTQ community another tremendous icon.

In the world that Wonder Woman was written into, people weren’t seen as labels of “gay” or “straight,” but were in whatever relationship that made them happy—an idea that our world would be made better by.

Wonder Woman has been around for decades, and her legacy only continues to grow. Media interpretations of women, especially in regards to sexuality and their bodies, is often problematic and skewed in our society. That’s why it’s so wonderful to have such a positive reinforcement and heroic figure to demonstrate just how beautiful and badass queer woman are.

Image via Warner Bros. Pictures, Wonder Woman Official Movie Trailer

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