Happy (belated) June everyone. Everything about this EL is belated. The writing, the posting, and even the editing. I was going to push myself to get this thing out the door on 6/1 like I usually do but I was running around like crazy last week and it just wasn’t in the cards. I used to let things like that stress me out to the point of anxiety but I’ve really been working on just letting it go and saying IT’S OKAY. I promised to always stay authentic on this site so this is me being authentic and saying it just didn’t happen on schedule last week. I could have pushed something out but it would have been half assed because I wasn’t in the right headspace. So now, here we are. I’ve just finished physically cleaning my house so I feel much more mentally capable to sit here and talk to you via your computer screen.
All month long we shine an extra special light on our LGBTQIA+ friends with Pride celebrations nationwide. LA Pride is this upcoming weekend in West Hollywood and the city already showed some love by painting the infamous pink wall into a rainbow. In June we also celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month and all of the people that make our country truly great. Pieces on both subjects are coming later this month and I can’t wait for you to read them.
Now to the nitty gritty. I wanted to dedicate this Editor’s Letter to the current #1 movie in the world, Wonder Woman. I went by myself to see the feminist hero yesterday afternoon in a theater that ended up being 70% women and I could not have been happier. The movie itself went above and beyond what I had hoped (and I had hoped for A LOT). Diana was my dream heroine – intelligent, badass, strong, ruthless, brave and empathetic. Being strong does not mean sacrificing emotions, being strong means being capable of handling emotions and strategy at the same time.
Wonder Woman on the big screen is important for thousands of reasons but the one that sticks out the most to me is simplified by the phrase “you can’t be what you don’t see.” If young girls don’t see a strong woman as the lead in a story, how are they ever supposed to believe they can be the lead in their own? Diana, Princess of Themyscria does not need someone to come save her, she goes to save them. The ending shot of Diana striding away from the battle field after *SPOILER ALERT* defeating Ares is my second favorite shot of the entire film (the first being Diana strolling into the German party in an incredible blue gown with her sword hidden down her spine). Watching her walk away unscathed from the battle of a lifetime made me tear up knowing that she, A WOMAN, came out the victor on her own merits and strength. You also see the men around Diana slowly realize they are saved and start running toward each other with one man literally falling to his knees toward her in a message I can only take as him kneeling to Diana, a literal demigoddess.
I walked out of the theater on a high after watching Gal Gadot slay a literal Greek god. After growing up in the generation of Cindrella, Aurora, Snow White and Belle I felt a different kind of happiness at seeing Diana. Being raised on the Disney princesses is an entire discussion for another day and one I would happily participate in as I am a living breathing product of that experiment. At the same time, as a young girl I also watched Sailor Moon every day after school because I craved a heroine who knew how to save herself day after day. I wonder what would have been different in my childhood if Wonder Woman would have been given the same treatment as Superman and Batman decades ago.
As I turned the corner to exit the theater a young girl dressed head to toe in Wonder Woman gear was taking her photo next to the Gal Gadot cutout showing off her fiercest warrior pose. Her parents didn’t tell her to smile or make princess hands, they didn’t tell her to be quiet or more feminine, they simply let her be her own definition of strong and fierce. After watching Wonder Woman, she had a damn good idea of what that meant.