Today, I found myself rocking out to the "Feminist Friday" playlist on Spotify (because you don't just have to listen to it on Friday. Am I right?) When Bonnie Tyler's "If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)" came on, I couldn't hold myself back from belting the lyrics as loud as I could while driving on the 101. The song brought me back to last week, when I saw Wonder Woman with two of my friends. I wanted to show Diana Prince as much respect as possible so I showed up to the theater with my makeup done right, my hair somewhat curled, and my Wonder Woman t-shirt proudly resting beneath my awesome business blazer. Now, I won't spoil any of the plot here, but I want to share a popular reaction many of us have been feeling about a few specific moments of the film. That reaction: crying.
For me, it was during one specific action scene. I completely lost it, like silently hyperventilating and all. I saw this woman going up against all these gun shots, explosions, etc. and I couldn't help but think, "that's how every woman feels with everything thrown our way. It's all the negative words, the 'nevertheless, she persisted', the fight we all face to make our way through the bull shit this world feeds us. I thought I was alone in this reaction until I read Meredith Woerner's commentary: Why I cried through the fight scenes in 'Wonder Woman'. It rang so true to me and I was so excited to learn that others have been feeling this way as well. The unification of this is beyond powerful. This is a time when I feel sisterhood is true and present. It feels like we are learning more about what it means to be a feminist while reaching across the aisle to each other and seeing what we have in common and what makes us unique. It's about how we (women and men) relate to one another, to Diana Prince, and what Wonder Woman represents to each of us. As Bonnie Tyler says, "How's it feel to be a woman? How's it feel to be a man? Are we really that different? Tell me where you stand."
I don't know about you, but I stand with Wonder Woman.
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