Wonder Woman is like most first-in-a-series comic book fantasy movies, pretty cool action, great ironic humor, with some depth of character and a big silly battle of gods at the end. The sequel will of course be crap. But at least we’ll have WW1.
In the run up to its release, this movie became a lightning rod of feminist hope for transforming the superhero genre, and a weapon of feminist hatred against men. It proves to be neither.
It’s just another good fantasy comic book movie. With the emphasis on fantasy.
It works precisely because the notion of women warriors is an odd rarity and a biological anomaly. It’s a fantasy that does not fit reality, and that is why it is entertaining. Yes, I know Ronda Rousey could kick my butt. That is why I wrote “anomaly.” Butt the biological fact of the matter is that military reality proves that most women cannot meet the standards of warriors. It is basically not in their nature or their biology.
Third wave feminists and their leftist useful idiots believe that if they can change the narrative and promote their ideology agenda of univocal male and female identity in culture, that it will magically change reality. But it won’t. It will turn some men into emasculated geldings that they will then use and discard from dissatisfaction, but it won’t change scientific reality. And that is why they are using law to force this diabolical social engineering in our own military as well as society. They know the military is the ultimate expression of masculinity in a culture, so that is why they want to fundamentally transform it.
Wonder Woman carries a sense of originality that makes it stand out from other comic book movies precisely because of its irony… I actually love the idea. Because of course, it’s only fantasy. Side note: the depiction of an Amazonian culture of exclusively warrior women who don’t need men was truly and memorably laughable. I literally could not help but laugh watching it. On the other hand, I enjoyed the funny ironies of turning the tables with a strong woman in a patriarchal culture that protects women. We get to see some of our blind spots. Of course, that only proves that chivalry is true, because, and I hate to spoil it for rabid feminists and leftists who believe in their Easter Bunny, but Wonder Woman is not reality.
Here is some truth. The truth will not be accepted by social justice warriors, men-haters and bitter feminist victims, but it will remain the truth. Yes, some delusional women will see WW as empowerment of equality, but in truth, she is more of a male fantasy, created by men, that feminists want to culturally appropriate and subvert into their own myth.
So here’s that truth: Ultimately, Wonder Woman works because she is a beautiful sexy woman, and men like to watch beautiful sexy women in action. If you don’t believe me, then imagine the box office if Wonder Woman was played by Tilda Swinton or Francis McDormand. I’m not saying those women are ugly. They’re not. And they’re fantastic actors. But they are not beautiful and sexy like Gal Godot.
(And for those who love sexy mature women, there are the awesome actresses Connie Neilson and Robin Wright as matriarchal queen bees. –Yes, MTV fools, I used the word actress instead of non-gender specific actor)
Newsflash: beauty and sexiness is not inherently bad.
And for you religious fundamentalists, appreciating beauty in a woman is not inherently lustful or even sexual. I’m not supporting lust, and I don’t mean slutty when I write “sexy.” Wonder Women’s battle dress is not a teeny bikini, it’s quite modest and functional in its femininity. I am addressing the unavoidable male nature that is visually oriented. This nature can be distorted into lust, or acknowledged and dealt with through moral discipline and self-control. So stop aiding and abetting feminists in their attack on God’s created order (See Genesis 1-2). Or watch Dennis Prager’s Biblical wisdom on male nature.
Dear men-haters, and other graduate-educated leftist tools, male nature will never change. You want it to. You are trying to socially engineer it out of us. You are trying to shame us and turn us into women, or at least feminized males. But it will never work in the long run. God created us to be visually oriented, or we would never want to have sex because, quite frankly, food would be enough for us. And we therefore wouldn’t procreate. If you were successful in changing male nature, then guess what? Mankind would die, including femalekind. So effectively, successful third wave feminism leads to the total annihilation of the human race.
The main reason why men will watch Wonder Woman is not because of its depth of character, storytelling, (though it has to have those and does). But they also won’t avoid it for its virtue signaling, political correctness, or even its ludicrous Amazonian woman myth. Why?
Because men like to watch beautiful sexy women in action.
Of Gods and Men
I’ve written elsewhere about the tragic reality that in our culture, comic book/TV/movies mythology has become a religion substitute and superheroes have become God substitutes. But I’ve also written about how the apostle Paul had no problem learning and interacting with pagan religion in his time.
So, let us interact.
Despite its obvious pagan Greek religious mythology (Zeus, and the god of war, Ares, etc), I actually appreciate its mythopoeic storytelling (while rejecting its paganism). Anyone who gets Tolkien and Lewis knows that the mythopoeic meaning behind our real world experience is as real as that real world experience. It shows us the spiritual transcendent reality behind history. I don’t mean in a Platonic “ideal forms” sense, but in a biblical theological sense. The Bible uses imaginative imagery like battling Leviathan the sea dragon as mythopoeic storytelling to describe the spiritual reality behind God’s covenant salvation of his people (Psalm 74). (See my book God Against the Gods for more on this).
In some ways, mythopoeic storytelling is more truthful than realism, which often assumes an immanence that rejects transcendent truth in favor of secular materialism or naturalism (everything has a natural explanation).
In WW, Diana is in search of the god of war, Ares, who is behind the horrors of World War I. He is embodied in the villainous German leader who plans to use mustard gas to win the war. But he is also a “spirit of the age,” or a kind of worldview that affects mankind. You know, the “spirit of war.” Ares ends up saying that he did not make men do the evil they do, he only whispered to them. They did it all themselves.
Yet, he is there incarnate, like a demonic entity. And thus the mythopoeic wisdom that Walter Wink wrote about (Naming the Powers), namely that evil has both a collective and individual manifestation. Men are truly responsible for the evil they do, but when they collectivize, they create a cultural spirit, a zeitgeist, that almost becomes its own transcendent entity of influence. Notice the madness of left wing mobs, riots and violence on campuses nowadays that builds in its frenzy through the encouragement of the liberal media with its dog whistles to violence (“Resistance” anyone?). A spirit of delusion.
The Bible itself talks of this ancient way of seeing the truth of spiritual authorities behind the earthly authorities. On earth as it is in heaven. (my Chronicles Series uses this mythopoeic motif with Biblical stories).
What’s Love Got to Do With It
An interesting moment in the movie is when Ares offers to Diana the opportunity to join him as gods so that they can “return this world to the paradise it was before man.” In other words, mankind is the virus on the earth that should be destroyed. Sounds exactly like the goal of modern environmentalists who prefer an earth “uncorrupted by man.” Remember who is saying this, the villain. Nice. He is also disguised as a Neville Chamberlain character in British politics who supports “peace at any price.” Our biggest enemies are traitors in our midst who seek appeasement with evil, giving in to their demands (I’m looking at you, university student terrorists and Islamic terrorists).
Unfortunately, Diana responds to Ares’ offer with a silly bumper sticker slogan that in effect means nothing: “Only love can save the world.” The context is that she used to want to save the world, but realizes she cannot do so with one fell swoop obliterating one massive god like Ares. In all men and women is both good and bad. Fair enough. But it’s kinda funny that she resorts to that female desire to nurture that old school feminists acknowledge but modern third wave feminists deny in their pursuit to eliminate all male and female distinctions.
The truth is, even though that is an empty slogan that fools often use to oppose righteous war, in this movie, the context does show a love that involves both nurture and righteous violence.
It is out of love for mankind that the good engage in violence against the evil. As long as there is sinful man, there will always be war. And the way to eliminate war is NOT to seek peace through appeasement or being kind or avoiding battle. The only way to eliminate the evil of war that will never end in history is to never stop fighting in wars against the evil. The utopian delusion of world without war is what will create more enslavement to the evil that will not go away. In the movie, Ares says that war is a god that requires sacrifice and it gives men purpose in a dark way. But the truth is that evil men will always war, so the only way for the good to stop evil is to always fight it.
So, in a way, pacifism leads to the very warmongering it despises. It empowers tyrants.
And this is why women as a whole cannot save the world as warriors but as nurturers united with the male warrior. Because the other aspect of male nature is needed in our warriors: men’s ability to sacrifice love for a higher cause of justice. And this is exactly what Diana’s love interest, Steve Trevor, does when he sacrifices his life to save the day at the end of the story. He gives up his life of love with Diana to save the world for that day. “Love” alone as a mere feeling of compassion or romance means nothing. Real love is action and real love fights and destroys evil with righteous violence.
So, this is hopefully what Wonder Woman learned from the man she loved as her nature of nurturing was awakened because of him.
(Full Disclosure: Actually, I am married to Wonder Woman. Her hair is not black, it’s blonde, and her last name is not Godot, it’s Godawa)
David French has a great article, Feminism Has A Ferocity Problem, that addresses this issue with some clarity.