First: I’m a woman who hates Julia Roberts. I hated that hooker with the heart of gold movie, found it to be condescending and nauseating, and I am not looking forward to seeing anything she does in 2009. By the by: Selling yourself on a street corner while waiting for Prince Charming? Not cute.
Second: I loved Wonder Woman when I was a kid. I had Wonder Woman underoos! A Wonder Woman swimsuit, which I wore with roller skates! I wanted to spin around and have my outfit change, I wanted to chase bad guys and kick ass, and I still do. I love Coffy, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Fifth Element, Resident Evil, Underworld and all kinds of stories in which a female — possibly wearing tight leather pants — is powerful, gorgeous and super-human in her strength and ability to drop-kick a fool.
Third: There’s nothing sexist about wanting a female superhero; there is something sexist in assuming that all women only want to see Sex And The City-type movies, that women are a monolithic block who all act the same way and want the same things. Women are multifaceted with varied interests. I never played with dolls as a child and I know I am not the only one. Why can’t the next generation look up to Wonder Woman, Catwoman or She-Ra the way my sister and I did? Why is Carrie Bradshaw the only acceptable alternative? And since when is it a man’s place to tell women what they do and do not need? Dude. Give me my goddamned Christopher Nolan-directed Catwoman and shut the fuck up. Is anyone with me?
Mariah Huehner, for one.
::deep sigh:: Yeah, we’ve all heard the one about how women like romance and “love” stories and guys like exploding things with cars that go Zoom!. ::yaaaawn:: What an amazing bit of trite, obvious, stereotypical, gender categorizing. Can’t someone PLEASE come up with something new? Because women are not a hive vagina. And while I may like a story about love or relationships, I ALSO LIKE STORIES ABOUT THINGS THAT GO BOOM! These things are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Nor does my uterus decide what stories I like. This constant need to label women a certain way (and men, too, though due to the male perspective being dominant and default “neutral” it has a different result)just works my last nerve. Also, the guy quoted in that article is WAY not up on his comic book history. Apparently he hasn’t read any of Trina Robbins work on the subject, but Wonder Woman’s audience has often been comprised of women. I’m not sure where he got “never” from. I also don’t know who the “most women” are that he thinks we should poll about what movies they’re looking forward to in 2009 because the “odds are that it will be something starring Julia Roberts.” I’m looking forward to a lot of movies that do not star Ms. Roberts in any way. While I may be more interested in a project due to my respect of the actor/director/writer involved, the story has to grab me. Otherwise I don’t really care who’s in it. And Ms. Roberts hasn’t been in anything I looked forward to since Mystic Pizza. This is what happens when you base arguments on sweeping generalizations made about an entire gender. They are crappy and bad and full of holes.
In short, to generalize…generalizations suck.