Let’s talk about the men of Wonder Woman, those creatures that a pro-feminism, directed-by-a-woman movie seems to be depicting as insignificant for female pleasure and less brave than women.
Wonder Woman is being blasted by men around the world for seemingly depicting men as less relevant than women, but is it really the case?
Diana, Wonder Woman herself, played by brunette beauty Gal Gadot stands in stark contrast to the film’s other, no-less vital character, Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine.
Wonder Woman is a demigoddess – the child of a god and a queen that was raised by brave warrior women.
Captain Trevor is a mere mortal man, who can be killed by pretty much anything Wonder Woman does – whether it’s creating force fields, destroying things with her bare hands, or using the lasso of truth.
Instead of running away from Wonder Woman scared, with his tail between legs, Trevor follows a woman’s lead. Trevor gets inspired by the things that would make most men chicken out.
Instead of trying to belittle and resent a woman for being stronger than him in pretty much all aspects, Trevor acknowledges the fact that women are capable of being stronger than men and follows Diana’s lead.
Pine, whose role in Wonder Woman will certainly go down in Hollywood history as groundbreaking and stereotype-smashing, offered “one of the most appealing onscreen depictions of masculinity in recent memory,” as the New York Times puts it, and the NYT couldn’t be more right about this.
Trevor plays second fiddle to Wonder Woman, but not in a humiliated or “okay-I-will-play-second-fiddle-for-now-but-will-get-revenge-later” way. Trevor plays second fiddle with dignity and a lot of self-respect.
After all, this is a brave man who sacrificed himself for the greater good by helping Wonder Woman destroy Ares, the god of war.
And then goes Trevor’s super-cheesy line, “I can save the day, but you can save the world,” that projects his confidence and appealing masculinity but at the same time acknowledges that even the most petite woman can be stronger than most men.
Pine, of course, deserves much of the praise for the admiring depiction of masculinity, the one that has women swooning and makes them go, “That’s the man I want!”
Pine deserves much of the credit for Trevor’s charm, as the actor once again proved that in order to project confidence men don’t need to humiliate people – be it women or other men – and adopt a macho attitude.
Pine showed that projecting confidence can be done in an effortless way without even having to jump into the spotlight. And there’s certainly something sexy in a man who’s in control even when he’s not looking to steal all the attention.
Beyond that, with his portrayal of Trevor in Wonder Woman, Pine showed that just because you go the gym and you’ve been blessed with natural beauty, doesn’t mean you should be flexing muscles all over the place and wearing that smug “I’m-better-than-all-of-you-people” face.
Pine goes down the same road previously explored by Chris Hemsworth in Ghostbusters and Channing Tatum in most of his hit films – portraying an attractive man who doesn’t feel the need to shove his looks down everyone’s throat.
Instead, Trevor in Wonder Woman wears his natural attractiveness and his muscular body lightly, and still manages to steal the hearts of the ladies.
With a self-aware attitude toward his hotness, Pine’s role in Wonder Woman tears apart cultural stereotypes that objectify women for their sexiness.
If there’s one thing superhero movie Wonder Woman teaches the world, then it’s the fact that masculinity itself isn’t the problem; the problem is how masculinity is projected in the modern world.
And Chris Pine may have just set a new, sexy masculinity trend.
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