These boots aren’t made for gawking

Morgan Freeberg contemplates Wonder Woman’s new garb (see, for instance, here), and decides that it’s yet another failure of the system:

The new Wonder Woman movie is going to be a financial Japanese-Tsunami-Reactor. And it’s not because Wonder Woman is covering up her legs; it’s because, since she is, we know the makers of the movie have all their priorities cockeyed. They’re focused on the wrong things. They won’t work hard to entertain the audience. They’d rather be politically correct than deliver the entertainment value to the audience, that the audience was promised.

What’s the problem with female legs, anyway? Where’d this come from? We’re a year and a half away from electing a female President with an awesome looking pair of legs. Isn’t it time we got past this?

I’m guessing he’s not referring to Michele Bachmann.

Seriously, if you can lay eyes on a Wonder Woman costume and your first instinct is “those two need to get covered up” … and you’re not talking about the breasts … you are way, way off base and there is something wrong with you.

Commenter Severian added:

Contrary to popular (read: feminist) belief, guys do not have a problem with gorgeous women kicking ass. Or un-gorgeous women kicking ass. So long as said ass-kicking is epic, total, sustained, and even quasi-plausible, guys are there … because we’re simple creatures who enjoy few things more than a bout of old-fashioned butt-whoopery.

As Dodge might say, “Car chases make movies better.” And I speak as someone who actually enjoyed both Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring, despite a total absence of hoonage in either.


  1. Dan B »

    2 April 2011 · 12:41 pm

    Xena proved you can get enough audience to sustain an ass-kicking female-hero show, even back when CGI was expensive. What she wore was barely more than a metallic corset (the initial hook), but the storylines were sufficient to keep it on-the-air until the staff was tired of doing the show. (I was more interesting in the sidekick, but then I am more partial to reds and gingers.)

    As for the political side of the posting, a significant portion (25-30%, depending on whom you believed) of Xena’s audience WERE feminists and lesbians. The real problem, as it is often, is the kowtowing to the artificial (Tatyana: this means ‘man-made’, not ‘imaginary’) Conservative construct of ‘political correctness’. As long as 80% of the general public isn’t completely put off by what you are portraying (such as Pink Lady and Jeff), the noise from the fringe is sufficient to drive FREE PUBLICITY, which of course is every promoter dream. Worked for Marilyn Manson, didn’t it?

    As for the leggy President, Michelle Obama isn’t running for office.

  2. CGHill »

    2 April 2011 · 12:53 pm

    The producers of Xena, to their credit, understood the word “epic” at least as well as they understood the phrase “ambiguously gay.”

  3. KingShamus »

    2 April 2011 · 2:22 pm

    Wonder Woman’s costume is a mess, her origin story is a confused hodgepodge and the plot for the pilot is more gnarly than a Berlusconi cross-examination.

    Other than that, I’m stoked.

  4. fillyjonk »

    2 April 2011 · 3:43 pm

    The most recent version of the costume I saw, it looked like they had put her in “jeggings” (or, if you prefer, “Pajama Jeans.”) No good can come of that.

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