Wonder Woman photograph © Warner Bros
OK, first things first:
I haven’t seen the recent film starring Gal Gadot, because to me Lynda Carter will always be the real Diana Prince, alter-ego of Amazon Princess Diana of the female-only island of Themyscira.
Wonder Woman is the first (and only) TV show I can remember growing up and watching that had a woman in the lead role. It was the 1970s, and although there was also Charlie’s Angels to watch (RIP Farrah), they answered to a guy — they were Charlie’s angels after all.
Wonder Woman, however, was in a league of her own.
She dealt with the bad guys with her enchanted lasso that made anyone trapped within it tell the truth. She had cool bracelets that deflected bullets and a boomerang headband. And she used all these without causing lethal harm.
She kicked arse, was called to serve and protect, had a lover she didn’t need, and loved ice cream and babies.
She was a non-violent warrioress who stood for the equality of sisterhood, who fought for peace and who indoctrinated men to matriarchal obedience. She was born from a community of Amazonian warrioresses who were also powerful and loving.
And she was sexy AF!
What wasn’t to like?
To me, Wonder Woman challenged the concepts of being female. She was fierce, strong, free, powerful, brave, loving, independent, healthy, sexy and fun. She led me to believe that I could be the same.
And then I ‘grew up’.
I saw women all around me who didn’t embody all of these qualities.
Who instead seemed to embody what was permissible to be female.
Who instead lived in shame and insecurity.
Who instead were victims of misogyny, racism, sexism and bullying.
Which then, of course, meant I also felt prey to at one time or another in my life.
So that’s how Wonder Woman fucked me up.
The CHOICE is yours
But guess what?
Our fuck-ups, if we so choose, can also be our biggest lessons.
I now CHOOSE to embody this positive female archetype.
I now CHOOSE to channel this divine goddess energy when I feel shame attacking from my inner critic or when I’m attacked from the outside.
I now CHOOSE to be fierce, strong, powerful, brave, loving, independent, healthy, sexy and fun to internalise and support my own healing — and therefore the healing of other women.
We are ALL Wonder Woman.
Does she resonate with you?
Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!