WonderWoman has been the most popular female superhero, and a feminist icon since the 1940's. She has been a symbol of strength and bravery for generations of women across the globe and a teacher of spirit and character to millions of others. Shining on t-shirts, landing striking images on magazine covers and selling tons of merchandise, we can easily say that she is one to be reckoned with.
But here is my problem. From a young age, boys are usually afflilated with Batman, Superman, or the Flash, and girls with Wonder Woman or Supergirl. But personally as a guy, I never felt a strong connection with DC's most beloved male superheroes. While one seemed too dark and pretty much scared me as a child, the other seemed a bit arrogant and too controlling (of course these are my personal opinions and the ways I see the characters). But I never read any Wonder Woman comic either, for it was connected with the female gender so much, it would make me feel shy and embarassed.
Throughout the years, as most people, I have been gone through gender based bullying which was not just derogatory towards me, but the female gender in general.
"You act like a girl."
"You fight like a girl."
"Stop crying like a girl."
I have heard these phrases a million times, but even though in the beginning they made me feel horrible, as I slowly grew up I realized, "what the hell these are not even bad things". As I matured I was able to slowly spread my mind across ideas other than those around me. I began to read books, watch movies, surf the internet. And then one day, I borrowed a Justice League comic book from a friend of mine. And from there I got my first glimpse of my first female lead character, Wonder Woman.
As a character, she did not care about power, about leading, about wanting to be the best. She simply wanted to make the world a better place, and its people better beings. I do not know if the fact that I am also Greek made a few more connections, but that was a character that I wanted to read and follow through her stories. She showed me character and how following your heart no matter what others tell you, is the best way to make the best out of yourself as a person.
From that day, whenever someone told me, "you act like a girl", I would reply with, "thank you".
Throughout my teenage years I started following characters regardless their gender, and the stereotypes I have been subjected to as a kid faded away. Now I can enjoy everyone as much as I can, and get the most out of everything out there. I read anything, I watch anything that catches my interest, and try to connect with everything that matters to me, because that is how entertainment works.