I just got done watching this fantastic video introduction into a documentary I am most excited about. If you can spare a few minutes, or even 12, you should check it out. It’s called, The History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman, and it showcases how Wonder Woman has lead the way for empowering women via comics and television.
Growing up I was always interested in finding female characters I could relate to. I watched Nick at Night just to see Lucy defy and upset Ricky. It bothered me that she was at home a lot and was never very good at things but she never gave up on her dreams of stardom. Admirable as this was, it was also frustrating for me to watch as I wanted her to succeed and not be held back by others or even herself. I couldn’t relate to her so I kept seeking. Disney didn’t help with all the females looking for some prince to save them from their situation until The Lion King and Aladdin where females were a bit stronger and not necessarily needing to be saved or looking for romance.
It wasn’t until I saw the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer that I found what I was looking for. I was probably in the sixth grade and not long after that the television series aired. For me, not having been exposed to anything but Spiderman, Superman and Batman, I felt vindication that finally there was a character out there I could identify with. I don’t want to overlook Lois Lane or even Catwoman for that matter, because they also were there for me as powerful role models. But Buffy, what a complete character for me at the right age. Going through the trials of middle school just to enter a new school district to start high school, it was just what I needed. No one I knew of course watched it, and when they heard I did they made fun of me for it. My response was to explain what a fantastic show it was, including how inspiring Buffy’s character was for women, and they were dumbfounded that I didn’t cower to their bullying or insecurities.
And look at the response to Buffy now. Not only a cult classic but still engaging audiences via Comics! ZOMG and with the Great Buffy Rewatch, I am in full swing of experiencing Buffy all over again. I am including my partner, Ross, one of my bestie’s, Susan, and my mom because I am taking the advice of the blogger who initiated the Buffy rewatch: Nikki Stafford. Also, thanks to Jen Stuller who informed me of this amazing, year long event. Thank you both!
Back to Wonder Woman, I really need to start reading up on her. I don’t know how I feel about the reboot of the TV show but the latest is that it is being rejected by networks. I suppose I should mention the reboot of BTVS as well. We’ll see how that goes.