I was scrolling through Twitter the other day and happened upon a post of someone (honestly can’t remember who), a woman, criticizing the star of Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot. She basically said that she was excited for a female superhero movie, but couldn’t understand why they had to pick Gal as the lead because she was “too sexy.”
I’m going to let that soak for a moment.
This comment stuck with me for awhile. Not just because the generally nastiness of the comment (because I mean, come on), but also because I wasn’t really surprised in the first place to read something like this. I feel a little remorseful that it didn’t shock me at all to read that ridiculous criticism. In a way, I was kind of expecting that there might be some people out there that always have something negative to say.
What I wanted to ask the woman on Twitter was why she felt that another woman had to be judged by her looks alone? If you were criticizing her performance of the iconic character that might have been something, but really the comment was just plain hostile. When did women begin to just tear each other down this way?
I think we have enough battles to fight than to worry about battling each other, you know? There are jokes about how a woman is “Wonder Woman” simply because she does it all, or has it all. She’s working, she’s taking care of her family, she’s volunteering in her community and at night she struggles to life what feels like the weight of the world off her shoulders before she goes to sleep. I’m pretty sure that some of you can understand what I’m talking about here.
So, in the spirit of positivity and supporting a fellow woman, I’d like to take a moment and lift my glass (at this time in the morning, more like my coffee mug) to every woman out there that is struggling, who has been “slapped” with any kind of criticism. Know that you are not alone and while you may not have the awesome tiara or the Lasso of Truth….you are amazing. Say it with me, “I am amazing.”
Have you ever encountered something like this?