Time for a change
Editor of the Reformer:
I think I am speaking for the majority of females in this society when I say I am ready for a change. I recently watched DC comic's "Suicide Squad" and was disgusted when it ended. Like I had seen before in "Batman vs Superman," the women are always saved by the men. The women don't save themselves or appear to be the strong figure and even when there are female super heroes or villains that are supposed to be heroic and strong, they are sexualized and still appear to be helpless.
In "Suicide Squad," the three female characters who were super heroes, wore tight, revealing outfits. One had a shirt on that said, "Daddy's lil' monster" on it, one wore a crop, while the third wore basically a bra and underwear with jewelry hanging off of it.
Not only were their outfits an issue. Two of the female super heroes didn't choose to become a villain or superhero, they weren't born with strength or powers: both of them were used and created into these "heroes." One fell in love and was turned into this crazy, sexual woman by the man she fell in love with. The other fell into a cave and an ancient spirit took over her body. The types of background stories that these women had gives the message to young girls that you must be manipulated or controlled to be powerful or strong and that you can not be powerful or strong on your own by choice.
When you first meet one of the female characters, she's trying to seduce a guard so that he'll let her out of her jail cell, pouting saying things like, "I want you to come play with me."
In fairness, there was one powerful female character who worked for the government, had a lot of power and made decisions, had good ideas, and was respected. Unfortunately, she was only 1 of the 4 female characters and did not play a huge role in the film.
I wrote this in a Facebook post, which got many comments, most of which were written by other women saying things like, "preach" or "well said." But two of the three men that commented on my post were not as encouraging. One said, "I think you're thinking about it too much" with a winking emoticon. He also recommended a movie to me with "badass women" in it. The other man said, "Damn I shouldn't have read that, haven't seen the movie," not acknowledging my point at all.
I am ready for this society to create strong female characters who will empower girls and who are respected by others and by themselves, treated the same way as the male characters are, and that aren't sexualized that will create a generation of powerful and strong minded women.
Rei Kimura, Brattleboro, Aug. 8