I just got back from seeing Wonder Woman. It is amazing! A great superhero movie for everyone to see. Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman is strong, smart, sexy (but does not ever act like it!), and one of the strongest females we’ve seen on the big screen. She isn’t afraid to walk into a room of powerful strange white men and speak her mind. Even her love interest is more about her getting to know and love the human race rather than one individual man that becomes her everything. Wonder Woman is a great feminist story – and personally, the one I think America and the world needed at this moment. If you’ve not seen the movie, I highly recommend it!
Now this post isn’t a review of Wonder Woman, but more of an homage and continuation of the themes explored in the movie. As you may have read in an earlier post, I want to pay respect to some of my own personal heroes on this blog. I’ll be doing that over the next few weeks and months; however, I was struggling to identify who my first hero should be. I have a lot of awe-inspiring heroes that I’ll be writing about, but I wanted my first post to be special. I wanted it to honor someone who has had a huge impact on me personally. So I started to go through the names of people I wanted to spotlight and I noticed a not-so-surprising common aspect of my heroes –
Most of them are women!
From my mother, aunt, and grandmother to teachers, bosses, and friends, I time and again have developed much stronger bonds with women than men. Yes its probably cause I’m gay, and yeah my daddy issues probably play a part of it, but it is undeniable that I have a strong draw and connection to women, especially smart, sassy, opinionated women, who fight for what they believe in. Even the books, music, and TV shows/movies I’m drawn to feature a strong leading women.
Buffy was probably my first female hero obsession. At the time I didn’t understand it wasn’t her looks I wanted (although SMG is still one of the most beautiful women in the world to me!) but it was Buffy’s strengthen, wit, and determination I wanted. From Buffy, I found new heroines all the time in my entertainment. In music it was Shirley Manson, Madonna, Tori Amos, and more that I became obsessed with. My all time favorite book, Mill on the Floss, featured my all time favorite character Maggie. New shows and movies brought me characters like Meredith Grey, Sidney Prescott, Sarah Connor, and Olivia Pope.
Again, I can’t say this enough, it’s not just female celebrities and characters I’m drawn too. In my real life, my mom, aunt, and grandma are/were my moms. They each own a piece of my heart. My cousins Amanda, Felicia, and Michelle are like sisters to me. Then there are all my female friends over the years; from those who helped me cope with coming out, to those who helped me see my way through heartbreak. And it would be hard to imagine where I’d be without teachers like Mrs. G and Mrs. Cody (both got me through high school), my college professor Katherine (it was her who introduced me to Russia and the adventure of a lifetime!), and my many co-workers and bosses over the years.
All of these women, be them fictional or non-fictional, have had a major impact on me! So let me say it here, on my first Everyday Hero post, that women (Take Note: I’m not saying all women – there are still those ignorant ones who do what their daddy or hubby tells them to do, like vote for Trump…. I’m not talking about those type of women) are EVERYDAY HEROES in my eyes!
So here’s to the butt kicking, name taking, boundary pushing, don’t let anything stop them women!