80,000 People Are Obsessed With This Viral Post About Wonder Woman’s Thighs
One of the best (and most important) things about the new Wonder Woman film is that it’s directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins. The movie’s monumental success (it grossed $223 million worldwide in its opening weekend) shattered the glass ceiling once and for all and should open up more lanes for female directors, which is awesome.
Jenkins steering Wonder Woman‘s ship also eliminated the male gaze, a frequently-used biz term that describes how male directors often objectify female talent and turn them into sexual beings designed for men’s pleasure. The male gaze is so ubiquitous in pop culture that you may not realize it exists—but it’s essentially the foundation of society’s impossible (and grossly offensive) expectations for women. Wonder Woman contains exactly zero sexually gratuitous shots of Gal Gadot (who plays Wonder Woman)—and critics and audience members alike are lauding Jenkins for that.
Including a Tumblr user whose post about Wonder Woman’s “jiggling” thighs is going viral. The post, which originates from the “Creative Words, Powerful Ideas” profile and has over 80,000 notes, praises Jenkins for not hiding or digitally altering Gadot’s body in a way a male director probably would have. (Thinness is one of the hallmarks of the male gaze.)
“When Diana [Wonder Woman] did the superhero landing, her thigh jiggled onscreen,” the user wrote. “Did you hear me? HER F–KING THIGH JIGGLED. Wonder Woman’s thigh jiggled on a 20-foot tall screen in front of everyone.”
The user continued, “Because she wasn’t there to make men drool. She wasn’t there to be sexy and alluring and flirt her way to victory, and that means she has big, muscular thighs, and when they absorb the impact of a superhero landing, they jiggle, and that’s WONDERFUL.”
Also wonderful, according to the user, is the film’s inclusion of Amazonian women with “aging skin and crow’s feet” and the fact none of them “wore armor that was a glorified corset.”
And we agree. Pop culture’s dedication to only one form of female beauty—white, young, and skinny—has debilitated women’s self-esteem for years. It’s about damn time for movies and television to show that every age, skin color, and body type is beautiful—and capable of kicking some serious ass too.
Click here to check out the full “Creative Words, Powerful Ideas” Tumblr post.