The radical power of Wonder Woman's thigh jiggle
Even before Wonder Woman debuted, the film was making an impact on female moviegoers.
Women and young girls alike were so amped that they dressed up to go see the film, which would become the first female-led, female-directed superhero film ever, with a complex woman kicking ass at its core. Already, it's earned more than $200 million in the United States alone, setting records of its own.
But, really, who could have predicted that one of the most meaningful things that would come out of seeing this movie would be seeing a woman up on screen, running and leaping and fighting for two hours, whose thighs happen to jiggle.
According to one Tumblr post that's now gone viral, those jiggles and tremors and signs of humanity mattered a whole lot.
The post that sparked this conversation comes from Tumblr user Creative Words, Powerful Ideas, who wrote a declaration of sorts on the power of seeing Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, a woman whose thighs jiggle while fighting up on the big screen.
"I didn't realize how much I had to squint through the 'male gaze' till suddenly, miraculously, I didn't have to," the user wrote.
"There were absolutely NO eye candy shots of Diana. There were Amazons with aging skin and crows feet and not ONE of them wore armor that was a glorified corset. When Diana did the superhero landing, her thigh jiggled onscreen," the user continued. "Did you hear me? HER FUCKING THIGH JIGGLED. Wonder Woman's thigh jiggled on a 20-foot tall screen in front of everyone."
Because of the way the movie was shot, with people other than heterosexual men in mind, viewers got to see how a woman's body reacts to actual physical movement instead of just seeing it pose.
"She wasn't there to be sexy and alluring and flirt her way to victory, and that means she has big, muscular thighs, and when they absorb the impact of a superhero landing, they jiggle, and that's WONDERFUL," the user wrote on.
So far, the post's gotten over 83,000 notes, a sure sign that these slight thigh jiggles have been important to more than a few others.
"Thank you, Patty Jenkins, for giving me a movie about a woman, told by a woman, so I can see it through my eyes, not some dude bro who's there for boobs and butts," the user concluded.
Maybe after years and years of films directed with only men in mind, people are finally getting sick of it. And if that's true, we hope other filmmakers are listening — and watching.