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Growing up in the late 70’s early 80’s my world revolved around Scooby Doo, The Love Boat, and Wonder Woman.  Even saying the words, Wonder Woman makes me feel like that 6-year-old, sitting on the shag carpet, staring up at the TV, watching Linda Carter spin and turn into Wonder Woman.

She was amazing, and I always wished that I could be just as amazing as she was.  Sadly the show’s run ended and with that so did our female superhero role model for almost 30 years.

I cannot believe it took this long for such a magnificent character to come to the big scene. With our world changing so much, and girl power being in the forefront socially and politically, this was a perfect time to introduce the new generation to Diana, Princess of the Amazons.

For those who do not know the story of Wonder Woman here is a brief synopsis:  Diana grew up on Paradise Island.  The island is home to the Amazons: beautiful, ageless women with great strength, agility, and intelligence. She was raised to be the greatest warrior the world had ever known with a pure heart and a desire to bring peace and harmony to the world.

She lived a happy, sheltered life on the island but that all changed when an American Spy, Major Steve Trevor, crashed onto their island.

She was immediately drawn to him, and they soon became allies.  When Diana left the island to fight alongside a man in a war to end all wars, she discovered how truly powerful she was and transformed from Diana, Princess of the Amazons to Wonder Woman.

Sitting, watching the movie with my 9-year-old daughter, I became emotional.  This dainty little human whose eyes were fixated on Wonder Woman was seeing that women can not only be beautiful and intelligent, but they can also be heroes.  The strength of a woman can be as equal to that of a man, and that you do not have to be the damsel in distress, you can be the hero.

At an age where boys tease girls about the way they kick or throw or their speed; when a boy says “You kick like a girl!” it’s fantastic that girls can respond proudly, “I sure do, and I kick better than you!”

Having a powerful, kind role model on the big screen that isn’t about looking hot or using her sexuality to manipulate is so important, and now we have her with Wonder Woman.  The message of Wonder Woman isn’t just girl power; it’s about love.  The more love there is in the world, the less strife.

With its PG-13 rating, this movie was done in a way so that viewers as young as nine could enjoy the film.  There is a small scene in the beginning with a little nudity, a few war scenes that could frighten children who have not been exposed to superhero movies, and a handful of kissing scenes.  The movie wasn’t any more or less violent compared to its counterpart films, but because of the end of the world context, war scenes in the front lines, scenes with poisonous gas and violence during battle scenes, the movie is dark.

All in all the film left my daughter feeling empowered and excited for the next one.  I left the movies feeling that as a mother and role model to my daughter, I need to teach her how to be strong mentally and physically and to be kind as well as encouraging so that she too can be a role model for the next generation.

 

Wonder Woman will be coming to a theater near you on June 2nd. Get your #WonderWoman tickets today: http://bit.ly/wonderwomantix.

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I’m an OC mom of two and photographer. I love living in Southern California and want to expose my children to all that it offers. I love taking my kids on adventures and capturing their every moment so much so that my kids find it odd if I don’t take their pictures. You can see my work on facebook.com/photosbynaz.
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