Posts Tagged: Wonder Woman Results 5
There’s no question that it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there for millennials in the arts. Young hopefuls who want to forge careers in publishing, music, theater, or a slew of other creative pursuits find themselves barely making ends meet on their resulting paychecks.
As an Ashkenazi Jewish journalist from New York, I haven’t lacked representation in American media. But I’ve never identified as much with any of Hollywood’s portrayals of Jewish women quite the way I felt a strong sense of kinship with Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman.”
If you write an article that causes controversy, but that you hadn’t intended to have that effect, you have two options. The first is to wait the requisite three minutes until whoever was outraged has forgotten about whatever you wrote and moved on to the next thing. The other? To respond to the criticism. The latter approach is the thing it’ll be most tempting to do — after all, people missed your point! Or maybe your critics made some good points and you want to offer a mea culpa! Whatever the case, Option 2 is rarely the way to go. I believe there’s an expression about digging oneself into a hole? That’s what happens. A bad take that might have been forgotten stays in whichever news cycle, allowing a whole new batch of critics to weigh in on the badness of the take, and of the sort-of apology. (The online journalist in me understands the potential traffic value of such a move. The opinion writer in me cringes on his behalf.)
Christina Cauterucci is getting some pushback for a Slate piece with the headline, “I Wish ‘Wonder Woman’ Were as Feminist as It Thinks It Is.” In it, Cauterucci argues that “whatever chance ‘Wonder Woman’ had of being some kind of feminist antidote to the overabundance of superhero movies made by and for bros was blown by its prevailing occupation with the titular heroine’s sex appeal.” While she allows that male superheroes also tend to be played by actors of the unusually-good-looking persuasion, Cauterucci isn’t persuaded that Patti Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman” merits a place on the feminist mantle.