Is It Progressive If a Superhero is a Woman?

Dear Reader,

With Wonder Woman (2017)’s success, many have been hailing this as a crusade for social justice, and I honestly just cannot understand why. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a strong female character in cinema.

To me, the character of Wonder Woman as portrayed in the movie wasn’t that interesting. Without getting into spoilers, her character arcs felt very similar to those of her male counterparts. There is nothing about her that is different except she is a woman and I genuinely wonder what the reception for the movie would be if the character was Captain America or Thor instead of Wonder Woman.

On the flip side is the character Jessica Jones from the Netflix series of the same name. Here’s a character who despite her superpowers doesn’t wish to be a hero. Her cynical attitude not only makes her unique to her peers but also serves as an important character trait and a defense mechanism in social situations. To me, she is one of the strongest characters of the Marvel Defenders universe, and one of my favorite characters from any comic book adaption.

As I said in my post The ‘Strong’ Female Character, an interesting character is an interesting character regardless of race, sex, age etc. Look I’m all for writers incorporating different cultures and viewpoints into stories. I don’t feel my masculinity is compromised when a woman is doing all the cool action stuff. All I’m saying is that a character shouldn’t get a free pass just because a character is a woman or is from a different cultural background.


Your White Male Writer


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Jack Fretwell

I love violent shooters, crime movies starring Benicio Del Toro and happy sounding songs that read sad.

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