I’ve been thinking…

Actress Lynda Carter has recently responded to director James Cameron’s comments about how the recent Wonder Woman film was a “step backwards” for women in Hollywood because, basically, Gal Gadot is too pretty.

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Now, when Cameron first made that comment (on which he has recently doubled-down), I called “bullshit” on Facebook because, well… bullshit.

His biggest point of comparison is that of the character Sarah Connor, heroine of Terminator 2 (and played by his now ex-wife, Linda Hamilton), who wasn’t “beautiful,” but powerful and strong (his words/implications, not mine).

What Cameron fails to acknowledge is that in The Terminator, a film he also wrote and directed, Sarah Connor wasn’t all tough and strong, but young, unprepared, and, yes: attractive.

By the second film, Sarah has come to terms with the destiny of both her and her son, John, and she stops at nothing to ensure both she and he are prepared for it. She becomes an angry, aggressive, person, unconcerned about her appearance, instead opting for a utilitarian set of clothing and behaviors (read: men’s).

One of his many complaints about Wonder Woman was the armor she wore, which is clearly a battle-version of the clothing worn in the time the Amazons were created. It was a simple, utilitarian update to make combat-worthy what the Amazons were used to wearing. That is 100% logical, as anyone should realize a talented warrior, comfortable in their combat environment, is bound to be more effective than a warrior burdened by unnecessary armor or equipment.

As for their appearance? They’re immortal.

Amazons. Are. Immortal.

They are bound to the form their bodies reach upon maturity, only slowly appearing to age after that. If theirs was a society or race built upon “perfection” of appearance, there would be no variety amongst them, only rank upon rank of “classically beautiful” beings. From even the limited time we spend upon Themyscira, we see an array of body types, colors, etc., confounding that idea from the start.

The implication here is clear, then, based on Cameron’s assertion that Sarah Connor is a more feminist hero than Diana Prince/Wonder Woman: to attain heroic status a woman must assume the characteristics of men, nor can they reflect intentionally or otherwise, the idea of beauty conceived by men, attractiveness being a disqualifying factor.

“Women” in films, therefore, cannot be heroic.

Do I even need to write any more to explain how ridiculous that idea is?

I hope not.

Shut up, James. Just stop.

 

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