After Wonder Woman debuted in theaters on June 2 a post was made on Tumblr that has since gone viral regarding a very interesting and even important aspect of the movie. In what some are calling a perfect truth, the post makes it clear that one of the best things about the film is that it is not shot from “the male gaze.” Of course this stands to reason as the director is a woman, Patty Jenkins, but this is never more evident than in the example the Tumblr post points out.
As Cosmopolitan Magazine points out, the idea of the male gaze stems from the idea that in films the visuals are designed by men, for men. The idea being that a woman seen on the big screen is for a man’s pleasure. However, in Wonder Woman this is simply not the case. Instead of the leading lady being there to be aesthetically pleasing, she is first and foremost the hero of the story.
In the now viral Tumblr post, the author says that seeing Wonder Woman is like getting to put glasses on for the first time and see the world clearly. As they point out, there are no “eye candy” shots of Diana, plus when audiences see the island where she grew up they are introduced to real women, women who have wrinkles and crows feet. However this was not the most important part of the post. Instead it was when the author pointed out that when Diana does the superhero jump and lands heavily on the ground her thigh jiggles.
The Tumblr author reiterates the point that Wonder Woman shows a woman’s thigh jiggle on a screen that is 20 feet tall. Diana is a hero, she is not there to make men happy, she is there to save the world and it does not matter if her thigh jiggles because it is not about perfection in terms of looks. As the poster says, “She wasn’t there to be sexy and alluring and flirt her way to victory, and that means she has big, muscular thighs, and when they absorb the impact of a superhero landing, they jiggle.”
Ultimately the post wraps up by thanking Patty Jenkins for what she was able to do with Wonder Woman. With this movie, it proves that women can be superheroes and they do not need a man to make that happen. There was no need for perfection because these were all-powerful women who were not there to look good and make someone else happy. While there have certainly been plenty of positive reviews of Wonder Woman, this may be one of the most honest and straightforward responses to the film because it simply reminded people who there was more to the story than what the leading lady looked like.
By Dorothea James
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