Guest post by Aimée MacArthur
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“She would be interested in the community of women. Certainly not against men, but for the community of women.” Lynda Carter on her role as Wonder Woman
The documentary, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, really took me back to my childhood in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. I remember for a time, Wonder Woman was the only superheroine girls had to look up to. I’m not gonna lie, as I kid I remember spinning around like Wonder Woman and wearing bracelets on each wrist. To me and my friends, Wonder Woman was a true badass who could do anything. She was the original trailblazer for many superheroines to come later. Wonder Woman was a feminist and showed (along with a lot of other real life female trailblazers) many young girls that women and men should be equals.
While I loved male super heros growing up (Batman & Robin, Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker, Superman) as well, seeing a female being a superheroine, changed it for me. It also helped me that I had strong female role models like my mother and my aunts around me.
The film explains the beginnings of the Wonder Woman comic book and later the TV show with Lynda Carter. In addition, there are interviews with various authors and others who explain how inspiring Wonder Woman was to a generation of women who needed a superheroine. The film highlights other superheroines in TV, such as "The Bionic Woman" (Lindsay Wagner), "Charlie’s Angels" and in films, like Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in the Alien films and Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her killer biceps in Terminator 2.
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines features interviews with Gloria Steinem (who featured an image of Wonder Woman on the first issue of Ms. Magazine), Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, Kathleen Hanna of the band, Bikini Kill and many more. I thoroughly enjoyed this take on the changes of Wonder Woman through the years (she wasn’t always so powerful). In many ways, Wonder Woman's journey parallels the feminist movement. Young girls and women today still need Wonder Woman and other superheroines in their lives. I enjoyed this no nonsense documentary by Kristi Guevara-Flanagan which masterfully intertwines clips and interviews with celebrities (and real people) to show what an impact Wonder Woman (and other superheroines) has had on popular culture. Don’t miss this documentary. It’s got it all- an interesting subject, humor, history and plenty of insights on society and women’s equality.
A current fact I didn’t know: “Three percent of the decision making positions in media are held by women.”
WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Kristy Guevara-Flanagan 2012
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