Feminist Icons – Comparative Opinions Episode 61

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week, Hosts Holly and David decide they need more time to respond to the James Cameron comments about Wonder Woman, and they talk about feminist icons. It’s a long one, but hopefully our rambling is good!

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One response to “Feminist Icons – Comparative Opinions Episode 61

  1. The thing is that Cameron created neither Ripley nor Sarah Connor. Yes, he directed the first Terminator movie, but that was at the beginning of his career and the movie was just as much influenced by the female producer than by him. Naturally he get the praise and the opportunity to make a second Terminator movie in which he “fixed” a number of things, above all Sarah Connor. Thing is that his version of Sarah Connor would be one-note and forgettable if not for the Sarah Connor from the first movie, which is a layered and interesting character. Ripley is the same, him taking a layered female character, making her “badass” and then congratulating himself for a job well done when he only added some (arguable garish) colour to a masterpiece.

    Nevertheless he isn’t totally wrong. If you see the Wonder Woman movie isolated from the history of Wonder Woman, it is not really a step forward. There are more layered and more interesting female characters out there, and there are actually a number of issues with this particular version of Wonder Woman…I would actually argue that the Lynda Carter take is more feminist. But that doesn’t change the fact that it took ages for a proper Wonder Woman movie to be made, even though she is one of the oldest and best-known heroes out there. She is part of the trinity after all. That it finally arrived and had some effort put into it just feels like a victory. If for no other reason that it forever smashed the notion that female lead Superhero movies don’t make money.

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