For Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend took me to see Black Panther. It was actually on Saturday but we were busy with the kids, work, and life in general on Wednesday so we waited until the weekend. Anyway, I loved it!
I was excited to learn about a new super hero that I really knew little about from the previous Marvel movies. I was not a comic book reader as a kid. I did love Wonder Woman from watching the 70’s TV series as a preschooler, but that was about my extent of comic books until Michael Keaton put on the bat suit. Even then, the comic movies weren’t a big draw for me. Until Marvel kicked it up with the Avengers movies. I still haven’t watched all the Iron Man movies but I saw the first one, fairly recently.
My favorite characters are Loki and the Winter Soldier. Yeah, I have a thing for a good anti-hero. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thor and Captain America too but there’s something about walking the fine line of good and evil that thrills me. Yes, I know Bucky wasn’t himself when he killed but he’s now wounded. And I love the long dark hair. A bit shallow but that’s seems to be my type. Can you say Severus Snape?
But what I really loved about this film were all the strong women!! They were all kick-ass, smart, not needing to be rescued characters. Even the king’s special guards were all women. It made my heart happy to see so many female characters in important roles, and not just as an accessory for the lead male. And these women didn’t compromise their beliefs or passion for love. They stayed true to themselves.
But my favorite is Princess Shuri. She was awesome! Just the fact that the head techno-geek for the country is a teenage girl is ingenious. Not only is she an intelligent young woman but she isn’t afraid to join the battle. No damsel in distress here. I really hope she inspires young girls to participate in STEM. There has been a great swell of women pushing forward into male dominated fields such as politics and engineering. We’re seeing more movies with strong female leads making tons of money at the box office like Wonder Woman and Beauty and the Beast. And of course you can’t forget all the fabulous characters like Katniss and Triss in our favorite YA novels.
My youngest daughter and I marched at the capital of California this January. We did last year too along with my oldest daughter. I really want them to understand that their gender isn’t a liability and that they have a voice and they need to use it. I’m excited for what the future holds for my daughters. And my daughter’s daughters. And my son because lifting woman up doesn’t mean squashing down men. We want equality, not superiority.