As the sexual assault allegations pile up, as sexism in Hollywood—and everywhere, really—becomes the battle of the day, we applaud all the courageous women and men who are exposing the harassers.
But then what? What’s the solution? How do we actually change our culture so that women and men, and people who don’t identify with traditional gender identities, can be treated equally, with respect and without fear of reprisal if they don’t conform or submit to ideas about behavior that go back to—well, who knows how long? Many of those attitudes appear in the Bible, so let’s just say a very long time.
Many smart people will come together and begin to think about this, to figure out how to change laws, how to raise children so that they aren’t indoctrinated or brainwashed by old ideas, how to rehabilitate the workplace, government and schools.
What doesn’t make sense is that Gal Gadot is the only one of the four who is exposing skin, who is sexualized. Kaepernick, Hall and Durant are all dressed to the neck, and modestly: Kaepernick is in a turtleneck, Colbert in a tux, Durant in a velvet jacket.
That might seem like a petty gripe, but minor decisions add up, creating expectations and unconscious impulses, stuff we absorb from childhood. Sure, Gadot, could have said no. But having worked at magazines for decades, I know the sort of cajoling that goes on at photo shoots. Gadot’s outfit is not salacious, nor is the photo, but neither is it a photo that makes her look like a powerful woman.
Playing Wonder Woman, Gadot, you might argue, wears next to nothing, but in case you’ve forgotten, that’s a role.
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