In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gal Gadot confirmed the obvious when the conversation drifted towards the topic of equality.
“Wonder Woman is a feminist, of course,” says Gadot. “I think people have a misconception about what feminism is. People think hairy armpits and women who burn bras and hate men. That’s not it. For me, feminism is all about equality and freedom and [women] choosing what we want to do. If it’s salaries, then we get paid equal to men. It’s not men vs. women or women vs. men.”
Although this answer of whether or not Wonder Woman is a feminist may seem obvious to some, the character has been a topic of controversy for women, especially in recent years. The subject of whether or not she represents a feminist ideal is still being contested.
The most recent example of this was when a select group of “feminists” criticized the UN’s decision for making her an honorary ambassador, with a good chunk of them explaining that her sexualized appearance made her a poor role model for girls worldwide. The outcry and backlash led to her ambassadorship status to be taken away way only 2 months after it was announced. You can read more about it here and here.
Wonder Woman has always been a feminist icon. She has always represented feminist ideals, though some may argue that she is more intersectionalist than current mainstream feminism, which is a discussion for another time. The fact that we are still arguing whether or not Wonder Woman is truly a feminist is frustrating and annoying. We shouldn’t need to have this idea reiterated to us if we have actually read up on the character and her stories.
Hopefully the Wonder Woman film can silence naysayers on her feminist status once and for all.
Wonder Woman comes to theaters on June 2, 2017. Prepare yourself. It’s going to be a grand adventure.