As a father, taking my kids to see the movie Wonder Woman was an important thing to do. After seeing Wonder Woman, I think it’s something that all parents should do.
I have two daughters, ages 8 and 5. Seeing a beautiful, strong woman in a leading role as a SUPERHERO was something that they haven’t ever seen before. In recent years, they’ve idolized Elsa, Moana, and Belle, all princesses and heroines in their own ways.
Wonder Woman was different, though.
This was a movie about a woman who had superhuman powers, who could fly, and who could overcome any challenge, especially the men who tried to take her down. By showcasing the story of how she grew up as a young girl and defied authority to train herself up to be Wonder Woman, kids can identify with her at an even deeper, more personal level.
For girls, it’s important to see a woman in charge, leading men in battle, and staying true to her own identity. More often than not, the media portrays women in passive roles whether as damsels in distress, precious princesses, or housewives who defer to their husbands’ wishes. It’s rare to have a woman with superhuman powers and who is compassionate to humans, but still kicks butt when necessary.
For boys, it’s just as important to see a woman in charge. Gender roles are more fluid now and boys need to understand that girls are just as powerful and capable as boys. In the context of the movie, they’ll realize that not all superhero roles are limited to men, whether it’s Superman, Batman, or Spiderman.
For parents, the movie helps start the dialogue between your children of what women are capable of. Through the framework of a superhero story, you can help inspire your kids to feel empowered and have a better understanding of what it means to live in a world where girls can be beautiful and strong.
As for my daughters, they’ve already decided to be Wonder Woman for Halloween this year, and this makes me happy.