Before you throw stones, yes, I enjoyed Wonder Woman. Did I like Gal Gadot–yes. and Chris Pine–yes. However, I am one of the few people, it seems, who did not appreciate her naivete and innocence. Critics actually applauded this plot development. Even though she spent her young life sheltered on an island full of females, I felt she was a little too ignorant of worldly things for someone who was so well-read and brilliant. Although she saved Steve Trevor, he led most of the action. Yes, she fought some good fights, but couldn’t she initiate the action sometimes? I’m far from a radical feminist, but as a woman, I felt cheated. I wanted her to be not only strong, fearless, and brilliant, but creative and proactive as well.

Having said that, I am glad that a super hero movie about a woman has been so well received and critically acclaimed. However, I also want girls and teens to know that they don’t have to follow in a man’s shadow to accomplish anything. Since I write about American history, I’ve read plenty about Women’s Suffrage and how much has been accomplished for women’s rights. But it seems that the “helpless woman” myth lay hidden beneath Wonder Woman’s heroics. I love to see stories where men and women work side by side to accomplish great things. I hope the writers of the Wonder Woman sequel get that.

If you would like to hear the point of view of the show’s writers and a little history of how the screen story was developed, check out the following article: http://collider.com/wonder-woman-script-changes-writers-charles-roven/#patty-jenkins.

If you want to continue the conversation, send a comment. Did anyone out there, male or female, feel the same way I did? Here’s an opportunity to share your opinion.

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