If you have been reading for a while I’m about to confirm something you have probably noticed.
If you’re new here, welcome! I’m glad you’re here and I’m glad you’re about to learn something new about me.
Tackling current events is not something I normally do here, in a public space. It takes me so long to process them and come away with anything of substance that it doesn’t feel worthwhile. Here, in our 24-hour news cycle where tiny and insignificant details are rehashed at length and then forgotten.
But this time I must share something that I’m grappling with. I must so that I can make sense of it myself and hopefully so that you don’t feel alone if you’re grappling with the exact same thing.
What I’m talking about is not earth shattering. I know that. The fact that I am grappling with this is reflective of my extreme privilege.
I am talking about going to the theaters this evening, this weekend, maybe next week, to see Wonder Woman.
For weeks, I have been thrilled that an action movie with a female lead was coming to theaters. I have been determined, in my small way, to show movie studios that films with female leads can succeed in a huge way. Representation matters, and while I know there are lots of white women on the screen they’re not kicking literal ass and taking names
So when I saw this article in my Facebook news feed damning women who don’t care that Gal Gadot is a Zionist I was alarmed. That those who don’t care aren’t “real feminists.”
Here’s what I know about Zionism. Zionism, at its core, is the belief that the Jewish people are deserving of a homeland. I do not believe that this is wrong. There is not a single thing with longing for home.
There is something wrong with terrorizing women, children, families who already live there. The means the Israeli government uses to claim their homeland is not okay.
I am not a diplomat, but I believe there must be a way to for both groups to peacefully have their homes.
Maybe I am naive, but Gal Gadot’s use of #stopterror and #coexist means she is committed to working toward peace.
What is a “real feminist” supposed to do in a situation like this? Should such a person support the glimmers of more representation on the silver screen? Or is the better thing to boycott the film in solidarity with the people of Palestine?
There are no easy answers – not for me. Maybe there are for you and if there are, I envy you. I will see Wonder Woman, and probably walk away feeling empowered. And I will also do what I can to advocate for a peaceful solution so that both the Israelis and Palestinians can have their homeland.