Is Wonder Woman Simply Eye Candy? As fans, we often have critiques on a character’s costume design, casting or direction of a specific story. First impression critique is an amazing element of comic fandom but when shots are fired regarding whether or not a character’s aesthetic is simply “eye candy for male gaze” I can’t help but feel a little sad as a fan and I guess as a female why this is a constant issue for people who have no interest in this subculture or why they feel to be of an authority to speak on behalf of women like myself, who’ve always loved fictitious heroes and never had a social issue on the aesthetic of neither male or female characters. As of recently, Wonder Woman‘s costume has been a hot topic in the world of social justice tumblr warriors and I’m honestly not shocked. For people who claim to support women, they sure as hell have an issue with every single thing that has to do with women,
I personally think DC is doing a decent job at making their super heroes’ costumes more realistic in most cases and toning down the primary colors which is modern and refreshing. These are my personal feelings regarding Wonder Woman’s outfit as well.
So why do feminists feel so threatened when many of them find comics distasteful, and at times bully comic fans on social media simply for their choice of entertainment? Who are you to say women like myself should have an issue with how super heroes dress in general when it doesn’t bother me?
I don’t even have the healthiest body image, but I do have a healthy enough of a mindset to continue to make progress each day in shifting my paradigm. I go to the gym (my friends on Twitter are probably sick and fucking tired of my gym tweets) to make myself feel emotionally and physically better and don’t feel compelled to force feed the world images of my very flawed body on Instagram demanding people start to see me as the icon of what should be considered sexy.
We don’t need to cheapen anyone’s reputation simply for being physically fit and portraying a fictitious character who in this case, is an Amazonian warrior and like most super heroes, wouldn’t be able to defeat powerful villains if she weren’t in shape.Women, we all need to focus on being better to ourselves and each other. We don’t achieve that by tearing every single thing that has to do with women, or what you assume men find attractive apart.
I think Wonder Woman’s costume is very tasteful and modern. Her amazonium gauntlets are also really cool and much larger than older versions of her character which I found much relief in noticing. It always bugged the hell out of me when her gauntlets were tiny since they serve a significant purpose and have a backstory all of their own. Let’s get back to appreciating super heroes like Wonder Woman for how bad ass they are and mute out the white noise from bitter feminists who can’t stand anything cool or anyone attractive.