One More (Feminist) Wonder About 'Wonder Woman': It Passes The Abuse Litmus Test
Huffington Post - 9 months
We live in an era marked by popular films that normalize violence against women, such as “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Twilight.” In these films, men use sexual coercion and other abuse strategies (e.g., name-calling, humiliation, and stalking) to control and harm women.
Is this a problem? Sure it is, when you consider that popular culture sets an important underlying context for attitudes and behaviors. And when national research shows that violence affects at least one in four women across their lifetime.
So, based on history, even though the 2017 blockbuster “Wonder Woman” moves from Hollywood fictional romance into superhero genre, I worried it might adhere to the status quo: where Diana Prince’s (aka, Wonder Woman’s) agency and self-determination are hampered by men who abuse and control her — in particular, Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman’s crime-stopping partner and romantic interest.
Instead, magic bullet-proof bracelets aside, Wonder Woman breaks from the status quo: it d...
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