Star Wars' Rey and Wonder Woman Depict Evolution for the Treatment of Women in Films

Throughout the years women in film were portrayed in one way and now women are depicted differently. Women were objectified and sexualized in films. However, in recent years, Star Wars and Wonder Woman have changed the dynamic of women in film. For instance, Wonder Woman does a few elements that help with the evolution of women in films. For one, the film represents a strong woman, and two Wonder Woman does not need the help of a man to be saved. The film represents independence, free thinking, and equality to name a few ideas that the film represents. However, Wonder Woman still gets sexualized because of her outfit. Nevertheless, Star Wars’ Rey depicts another evolution for women in film. Rey does not get sexualized in the film and she still represents all of the positive components that make Wonder Woman a good film are found in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but Rey does not get objectified in the film. In fact, she is a character that overpowers the most dominant character in the film, Kylo Ren. She is able to use the "force" better than the most powerful character in the film, who is a man. The fact that Kylo Ren is a man and a well-trained warrior who is well-versed in the use of the "force" indicates that the evolution of Rey as a character is more important than sexualizing a woman and thus an evolution for women in these films is raised.

  • I suggest going back farther, add in: Michele Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Pam Grier in Foxy Brown; Kate Beckinsale in Underworld, and; Carrie-Anne Moss in The Matrix. Just examples but a broader span of time with several more examples, and how they were seen when those particular movies were released would help this topic. – Joseph Cernik 6 years ago

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