When James Cameron called the Wonder Woman movie “a step backwards,” describing its hero an “objectified icon,” director Patty Jenkins was quick to respond. She said, “There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress.”
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot discussed how strongly women responded to the movie. She said, “Even at some early test screenings, women were coming to me afterward and saying, ‘I feel like you made a movie for me!’ But it wasn’t until the second week that the movement started, people going multiple times and taking girlfriends and grandmothers, and pictures sent to me from 90-year-old women who were wheeled in. All of that was absolutely stunning to see.”
Gal Gadot appears on our latest cover. You can read the story in full at RollingStone.com. The actress discusses her role as Wonder Woman, feminism and more. “The default should be that women get the job done,” she told us. “But there’s a long way to go and a lot of reprogramming that needs to be done to both genders.” Photograph by Peggy Sirota (@peggysirota)
Gadot said she is often asked, “Are you a feminist?” and that she finds the question surprising because her answer is, “Yes, of course. Every woman, every man, everyone should be a feminist. Because whoever is not a feminist is a sexist.”
Yes, exactly. Feminism is about the equality of the sexes, so it’s basic common sense that, as Gadot says, “Whoever is not a feminist is a sexist.” Playboy is proud to be “as feminist as it gets,” and the people who work for Playboy understand that feminism is all about equality and respect. Why is it still so hard for so many people—including James Cameron—to understand the concept of equality? Wonder Woman is beautiful, but focusing on that beauty, as Cameron did, completely misses the point, as being beautiful and feminist aren’t mutually exclusive. The character is a strong, feminist hero.
The Rolling Stone interview captured Gal Gadot’s feminism, and the accompanying photos by Peggy Sirota capture her beauty. Inside and out, she was perfectly cast as a feminist icon, who just happens to be gorgeous.