Aug 27, 2017

Interests: Building It Your Way, Creativity, How Do You Dare?, Women's Wisdom (Seeking or Giving Advice)

Author: HERdacity

Does Wonder Woman Represent A Powerful Woman? Patty Jenkins VS James Cameron

"There Is No Right and Wrong Kind of Powerful Woman" - Patty Jenkins, Director of Wonder Woman

What does a strong, powerful women look like? For the director of the movie Terminator, James Cameron, it isn’t necessarily Wonder Woman. In an interview with The Guardian he said:

“All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided. She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards. Sarah Connor [the main protagonist from the movie, Terminator] was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit. And to me, [the benefit of characters like Sarah] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!”

Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman fired back in a tweet saying, "James Cameron’s inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman. Strong women are great. His praise of my film Monster, and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman was so appreciated. But if women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far have we. I believe women can and should be EVERYTHING just like male lead characters should be. There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress.”

So what do you think? Tell us about a strong, powerful woman you know who doesn’t fit a traditional “daring woman” stereotype. Also share what makes her amazing, tenacious and someone who inspires you.


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