Recently, I was able to watch the latest DC Comics superhero movie, Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Chris Pine as American pilot, Steve Trevor. I thought the film was a breath of fresh air for recent superhero movies that do not spotlight women as strong characters that are able to stand alone without the physical or emotional support of a man.Not only is Wonder Woman portrayed as a strong individual as a superhero, but also as we see the development of Diana into Wonder Woman. On the island Themyscira, the home of the Amazons, the audience begins to understand Diana’s upbringing amongst strong woman, such as her mother and aunt. Therefore, from the start of the movie even before Diana emerges as Wonder Woman the audience is taught by the strong women that influence her to be the powerful woman that she develops into. Next as Diana leaves her home with Steve and arrives in London, the next woman she encounters in Steve’s secretary, Etta Candy. One of the most satirical parts of the movie that amused me was the conversation between Diana and Etta about her job. After Etta’s explanation of her responsibilities, Diana responds back with, “ Where I come from that is called slavery.” Myself and other viewers of the audience laughed at this comedic moment of the action film, not only for comic relief, but also for its balent truth. I think that this statement by Diana, in comparing a form of forced labor to a job that entail a substantial amount of work, calls viewers’ attention to the absurdness of a secretary’s job and especially the job’s subjugation of women in that position to a male boss. However in spite of the normal limits of a secretary, Etta defies the norms of a secretary’s role through her heroics to save Steve Trevor in an action scene and her being in charge of Diana’s and Steve’s subsequent mission. Therefore, I believe that in order for Wonder Woman to be a transcendent movie that depicts women in a light that is more accurate of the strength they possess, the film had to not only depict Diana/Wonder Women as a powerful women, but also do the same for the supporting women throughout the film.
They tell us to be careful about what we say and what we do, even careful with our thoughts too. But it never occurred to them to say it to the others: our fathers, uncles, and brothers. For they are the reason we watch our tongue, speak softly and make sure our words don’t leave them stunned. But for myself this direction was not given to me as to be respectful of men in general, but to all people who are descendant from the European continent for me to be content with what was and what was to be, to be black but not too loudly. The notion of being quiet and respectful was not homework that I was assigned when I entered the classroom of life, but something that came with me like water does ice. Not once did I even bother, consider, or challenge the fact until I was older and determined how I was going to act. My doubt never came from my female genitalia, but from the negative black stereotypes they tell ya. You see, as a black woman I am not undervalued due to my woman hood, but for my audacity to be unapologetically black. We as black woman do not only face ridicule for our roles as producers of life, but for being second class in this life. It was always something of a mystery for me, you see, not understanding how this movement would apply to me, a blueprint, on how to apply it for me, when originally it wasn’t meant for me. What I began to uncover is this to be true, that the movement wasn’t me for you and me too, just you, my fight was fear of burning crosses at night, but that was then and this is now, but the same fear remains. I understand that as a woman I have a responsibility to look out for not only other in my community, but the others who look like me. The forgotten black woman in the struggle, who are always left to dig through the rubble that is left, either in society or in house, but very quietly. What I learned is that there is nothing wrong with differences, but only inconsistent consistence of the denial of my existence, we have rights and goals we want too, it’s just that we’ve been helping others so much you may have forgot that we do.