I’m one of the millions of people who absolutely loved Wonder Woman. It inspired me, it motivated me, it made me want to be an Amazon! But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was so much more than that. Wonder Woman was a great big healing potion for everything that has happened in the last eight months.
Let me explain:
It wasn’t just that Hilary Clinton lost. Love her or hate her, having a woman elected into the White House would have been monumental. Every girl in America would have grown up knowing that women could be President too. I felt that hope and excitement like a real and living thing leading up to the election. It was intoxicating, it was inspiring, I was so proud to live in a country where we were stepping into the future, where we were evolving into greatness, where it didn’t matter if you were a man or a woman or black or white, you could be anything you wanted to be. I lived and breathed that feeling as I cast my vote and waited to hear the news that the first female president won by a landslide.
But that didn’t happen. Yes, she won the popular vote, but that was little consolation. My next hope was that the electors would change their votes. Pipe dream, I know, but I was desperate for this wrong to be righted. When that didn’t happen and 45 became our president I was numb. Numbness soon turned to outrage, shock, anger and many more emotions as his administration tried (and keeps trying) to take down everything good about this country. Our country is moving so far backward, sometimes I don’t even recognize it anymore. We had such an opportunity to show the planet that we could be the innovators and leaders that we once were. But with every step 45 takes, it’s fifteen steps back into the past of archaic thinking and is making our country irrelevant.
So why is Wonder Woman a giant Band-Aid for everything we’ve gone through since the election?
Simple. It captured that same feeling people like me felt the day of the election and the months leading up to it, and this time we got the outcome we wanted. Watching strong Amazonian women crushing the bad guys, watching Wonder Woman take control and leading, not because she was a woman, but because she was the best person for the job. She was respected and followed by men who initially laughed that a woman was even coming along on the journey let alone taking charge and becoming their leader. It was everything I wanted to see in real life. The good guys won. They defeated their oppressors and saved the world. And all because of Wonder Woman.
All because of a woman.
Let that sink in.
More than just a bass a$$ super hero, Wonder Woman represents so much more than that. She represents the hopes and dreams every little girl feels when they’re figuring out what they want to be when they grow up. And movies like this tell them they can be anything.
Sometimes movies are just movies, and sometimes they can start a new way of thinking. They can change people’s minds. They can open people up to new possibilities. It doesn’t happen over night, but I have faith that it could happen one day.
And this movie helped move that forward. I walked out of the movie feeling the way I had imagined I’d feel after the election. Unfortunately, I didn’t get that satisfaction November 8th, but on June 2nd I got a little taste of it, and for that I will always be grateful!
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