Hearing that there’d been some feminist backlash over Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Diana Prince in the recent Wonder Woman had me in quite the good mood. I wasn’t entirely sure of where this scathing criticism was coming from but I assumed it had emerged from along the same stream of thought as mine – any call to boycott the blockbuster was one I’d eagerly oblige. Only, a little bit of digging revealed that I’d been caught up in the mob mentality of a movement that didn’t actually include me.
I was informed by Twitter that Refinery29’s scathing review of the Wonder Woman trailer was the root of this feminist outcry, so, naturally, I decided to take a peak, hoping I’d find some fellow angry women to call my new chums. You know how us feminists adore the company of the furious. What I found, however, was both disturbing and exasperating.
“It’s really hard to believe that Wonder Woman, who has been on an island filled with strong women her entire life is worried about waxing and then bleaching her pits…” – Refinery29, Is Wonder Woman Allowed to Have Armpit Hair?
Yeah. That’s what all the fuss is about. Armpit hair.
Firstly, let’s clarify that feminism stopped being about policing body hair ages ago in favour of promoting free choice among all women. That’s the definition of feminism I was taught and it’s the one I’m sticking with. I also want to hear no mention of Diana’s outfit being too scanty, thigh-baring, or busty. Granted, it would not be my outfit of choice down in the trenches of World War 2 but she’s an Amazonian warrior goddess and I’m just a normie who has issues regulating her body temperature. Alright, feminist rant part 1 is over. Onto part 2.
The reason I’d been so eager to read some Wonder Woman hate to begin with has to do with the Israeli Apartheid. The occupation of Palestine over the past 69 years has seen levels of death, misery and fear that are all too reminiscent of another Apartheid with which South African’s should be all too familiar. Israeli- born Gal Gadot, an outspoken Zionist, served three years on the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) and has been vocal in her support for their work. Which includes burning schools and intimidating innocent children.
A facebook post captioned “I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens. Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children…We shall overcome!!! Shabbat Shalom! #weareright #freegazafromhamas #stopterror #coexistance #loveidf” is one among many of Gal’s public displays of affection for a military group that borders on being terroristic in nature. The extent and implications of Gal’s political affiliations have already led Wonder Woman to be banned in Lebanon, with Jordan, Algeria and Tunisia expected to follow suit.
“I wish no country had the need for an army. But in Israel serving is part of being an Israeli. You’ve got to give back to the state. You give two or three years, and it’s not about you. You give your freedom away. You learn discipline and respect.” – Gal Gadot, Glamour Magazine
Ironic to choose to an advocate of modern genocide to portray a character who’s set to appear fighting Nazis. The bad kind of irony, not the funny kind.
Of course, not everybody has to boycott Wonder Woman but I’m going to sit this one out. No amount of body hair can justify the treatment of those residing in the Gaza Strip. #NotMyWonderWoman
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