Feminism In The Wonder Woman Show

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In the last decade or so Hollywood has taken a liking to the superhero genre and the popularity of the films, television shows, and source characters have exploded. They have managed to produce billions of dollars and bring in a huge number of viewers of all kinds. The stories they tell are complex and enthralling to the audience. However, almost all these stories focus on men and their stories and only use women as a background prop to try to be seen as “progressive”. Some excuse this because the main target is impressionable young, straight, white men so that is why those are the characters they show, as though they cannot find characters that are not exactly like them relatable or interesting, when in reality these movies are viewed by all …show more content…
It is light hearted, fun, and unabashedly feminist. It embraces the feminist feeling and fully pushes the idea with every character on the show. The series has multiple female leads of all different personalities and backgrounds. They are allowed to have feelings and reactions and be unique. The show is not perfect, because nothing really can be; Cat Grant is Kara’s boss and she is an extremely successful woman who runs her own magazine and business; with Cat there exists the overused trope of a successful woman having to choose between work and personal life. While it is executed a bit better than most and adds to her character by skewing it is still a fairly harmful idea. Kara (Supergirl) is a great example of how to write a complex female character that does not solely rely on trauma. It is unfortunately unique to have a female character be happy, independent, and powerful all while not being sexualized. Kara has a strong relationship with her sister and foster mother and idolizes Cat Grant. These bonds guide Kara through life and help her make tough decisions. She asks them for assistance when she needs it and discusses her life with them; the series excels in showing how these relationships are beneficial for everyone and never once turns catty. Supergirl creates a world where women are allowed to be independent, emotional, successful, and strong. The show reflects the best of the world we live in by simply allowing these characters to be actual people and not creating unnecessary conflict. The fact that the main demographic of the show is young women is great, but it reflects the recurring issue of men needing women to be sexualized and solely exist for their enjoyment in media

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