Gal Gadot wants to remind everyone that if you aren’t feminist, you are sexist. And no, that’s not just “leftist” radicals trying to make you drink some koolaid, it’s a real concern. The “Wonder Woman” star talked about how we need more movies centered around female leads–and more female directors.
Gadot, who is a mom herself, told Rolling Stone‘s Alex Morris about the moments when men have dismissed her: “I’ve had my moments where I’ve felt like men were misbehaving–nothing sexual, but inappropriate in a sexist way. Dismissive. Life wasn’t always rosy and peachy for me as a woman in the world.”
This makes it seem even more crazy that critiques focused on Gadot being too “small chested” to play Wonder Woman, as if breast size is what makes a superhero:
“I told them, ‘Listen, if you want to be for real, then the Amazons, they had only one boob. Exactly one boob,'” she recalled. “‘So what are you talking about here? Me having small boobs and small ass? That will make all the difference.'”
The “Wonder Woman” movie (soon to spawn a sequel) is one of the most successful DC movies in the superhero franchise, so clearly a female superhero–and main character–is something people actually want, not just something “crazy feminists” tell you to want.
In the past, Gadot also spoke about how she wishes gender would become a “nonissue,” saying:
“I’m lucky. I grew up not thinking too much about gender. My mom raised my sister and me to be confident women with aspirations. And I always felt capable. I’m not saying that I’m stronger than most men. Physicality has its own rules. But we all have the same brains; we can achieve the same things.
There’s a long way to go until we can make gender a nonissue… I don’t know if it’ll ever happen. I’m hoping it will, because life would be so much cooler and less complicated.”
If you haven’t the pleasure of checking out her Instagram, do it! It’s delightful and inspiring: