I saw Wonder Woman the week that it was released and now I will only refer to time as “Before I saw Wonder Woman” and “After I saw Wonder Woman”. You see, the after is so much sweeter; the after had me ready for combat and anyone who knows me knows that I AM NOT PREPARED FOR COMBAT. The after had me explaining the importance of believing in herself to my one year old niece (I’m not sure she completely understood, but I’ll give her the speech again when her reading-comprehension level is higher).
The thing is, my niece is my world and I actively give her long and passionate speeches about the importance of being unapologetically-unstoppable. I dance with her to songs about girl power, I stand in front of the mirror with her to remind her that our brown skin color is beautiful, I recite poetry about women and their strength as she falls asleep, I show her pictures of Beyonce to remind her that we have one Queen and she must bow down (Just Kidding. I definitely don’t do that. That would be ridiculous … right?) Really though, my need to help raise an unstoppable and powerful woman is fierce but more than the speeches and more than my sick dance moves, I now have this powerhouse of a woman on screen to help teach my niece about Bad-Ass Girl Power.
Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot helped create a movie that will directly impact my niece; I could not be more grateful for this team. They didn’t just create a character who embodied strength and power; they also created a sincere character full of vulnerability and a character who had a heart that overflowed with love. I think Patty Jenkins said it best:
More than the strength, more than the bad-ass nature of Wonder Woman; I want my niece to learn from her vulnerability and make it a point to show the same kind of sincerity that Wonder Woman did. My niece is currently growing up in a world where vulnerability is seen as a weakness, we throw the word “snowflake” around to prove that people are too sensitive and too emotional. A heart full of passion is seen as your downfall and I refuse to accept this.
Sophia Julianna is already a powerhouse of a kid and if I have any say in the matter she’s going to be a force to be reckoned with as soon as she can form an entire sentence. She will live with honesty and lead with her heart; she won’t be afraid to cry but will always be ready to fight for what is right. She looks adorable in a tutu but won’t be afraid to get dirty. She will have Wonder Woman as a hero and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thank you Patty Jenkins!