Wonder woman living in a man’s world.

From Cinderella to Elsa, girls have had a wide range of princesses they could grow up to admire. From Harry Potter to Spider-Man, boys were dared to test their limits and rule the world. But these slight differences are what have caused a divide between an equal society. The entertainment industry for years have taught children that they’re heroes are different – A woman will grow up to clean the house, whilst her husband will be off fighting crime. This has caused a lot of controversy over the years, especially over the topic of pay, merchandise, and the portrayal of women. But what happens when the roles are reversed and the woman is given the credit for being a hero?

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In 2017, DC Comics and Warner Bros Studios introduced Wonder Woman to the big screen. The character not only gave guidance to young girls, she portrayed the strength of every woman and mother. She has helped bring a change in society and was even credited by the United Nations in October 2016. The UN decided to appoint Wonder Woman as an honorary ambassador to promote the empowerment of women and gender-based violence in October last year. Her strength depicted the way in which women stood up for themselves and tackled life struggles.

“Wonder Woman is already an ambassador from the Amazons to Man’s world, with the goal of uniting men and women to achieve equality for everyone. But what makes Wonder Woman powerful isn’t that she represents, ‘look what girls can do.’ It’s that she represents, ‘look what girls can already do.’” – DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson.

Unfortunately, her appearance and attire was one that didn’t depict all women and was not approved by everyone. Two months later, Wonder Woman was sacked from her role and some of her fans had turned their back on her. Campaigns sparked an outcry from people believing the fictional character was sexualising women, which resulted in 45,000 petition signatures to remove the character.
U.N. staff protested at headquarters with signs that read “I am not a mascot” and “Let’s get real.” The protest tried to explain that society deserved a human ambassador that young people could look up to rather than a “bodice, and short skirt fictional character.”

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Wonder Woman stands for peace, justice and equality, and for 75 years she has been a motivating force for many and will continue to be long after the conclusion of her UN honorary ambassadorship.” – DC Entertainment spokesperson, Courtney Simmons.

It is obvious to see that women have contributed less to the highly male dominated world of Hollywood. But with the increase of women in lead roles, Warner Bros’ and DC comics have confronted the very real truth of inequality gap in the entertainment industry. Alongside Katniss from the Hunger Games trilogy, these characters have threatened the gap and empowered women to take a step forward in the industry.

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  1. BBC News. 2017. Wonder Woman dropped as UN equality champion – BBC News. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38300727. [Accessed 09 August 2017].
  2. Screen Rant. 2017. Wonder Woman Dropped By UN as Equality Champion. [ONLINE] Available at: http://screenrant.com/wonder-woman-un-equality-champion-no-more/. [Accessed 09 August 2017].
  3. The Guardian. 2017. Wonder Woman announced as UN ambassador amid staff protest | Books | The Guardian. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/oct/21/wonder-woman-un-ambassador-staff-protest. [Accessed 01 August 2017].
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2 thoughts on “Wonder woman living in a man’s world.

  1. Hey Georgia!

    I like your choice of Case study as of how topical this issue is at the moment, what i don’t understand though is why Wonder Woman was sacked as a UN ambassador?? To me this seems like a step in the wrong direction toward the issue. The fact that there were 45,000 signatures to get rid of her because she was ‘sexualising women’ is crazy, I thought the whole point was the fact she embodied the strong female attributes which so far had been absent in film. Male superheroes are sexualized in one way or another in tight clothing aswell but nothing is said about it as thats the film industry, as the term goes, sex sells!
    I agree however there is a bridging of the gender gap in Hollywood which I think is definitely overdue however in this example of female protesting of Wonder Women and the sexualisation of female superheroes, i think is only hindering the process.

    Anyway great topic look forward to part 2!

    Mitch

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  2. I am very happy to read your case study: “Wonder woman living in a man’s world. “Analyze the male and female characters in the film to express you own views. Wonder woman is a superwoman. Superwoman symbolizes breaking through the “female yoke”, encouraging the female consciousness to wake up, and breaking away from the shackles of “prejudice, restraint, obedience, male supremacy” in the long run of society. Unfortunately, women have contributed less to the highly male dominated world of Hollywood. Whether it’s in the movies or in real life women’s real equality still has a long way to go. I also found that I had a lot to do with this topic. Bring me some new directions and ideas. You have done a great job! I look forward to reading part two of your case study.

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