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If u watched this episode thinking only abt Hippolyta's body, u missed the nuanced work of one of the greatest actors of our generation. Pay attention to what really matters. This episode was all about Hippolyta's major emotional chords: the freedom that she withheld from herself because her world told her gifts didn't matter. Freedom is something you take, not something that is given. It is in self-definition: when you determine what is valuable to you, the world will follow your lead. If you check in with the world and its varying money-driven, self-esteem questioning values, you will never meet up. We live in a world where entire empires are funded by your self-doubt. Freeing yourself is a personal act that is completely within your powerl
That inability to value your whole, true self is exactly what the episode is abt. Framing her world from the inside out instead of confining herself to the shallow, violent, limiting world outside of her. Women who were uncomfortable with Hippolyta's beautiful normalcy fear that kind authenticity. Watch it again, grow...
"Sometimes, I wonder if people know what IRL women actually look like anymore.
Despite what you commonly see on Instagram, women in 2020 still come in varying shapes and sizes. Even many of the women on IG who look âperfectâ in photos, arenât the same size and shape in life.
Iâm watching all these reactions to âHippâ from #lovecraftcountry showing her naked, 51 year old body. It was a good body to see. Surprisingly rare to see on TV, given that the average American woman is a size 14, but thatâs another topic.
I noticed in conversations about Hippâs body, she keeps being referred to as âconfidentâ and âbraveâ for showing herself, either nude or barely feathered. There are even those that, as a kind buffer of sorts to explain her shape (which needs no explanation), suggest she gained weight for this role.
Iâm sure folks mean well, but notably, no one calls a woman who has the âidealâ shape âconfidentâ or âbraveâ for being naked. (There are other names for women who do that.) To call a woman âbraveâ or âconfidentâ for showing a body that doesnât fit the âidealâ is implying that the woman is flawed and to show such flawsâ really, ones you would never dare toâ must mean she has some outlier level of self esteem to display herself when she isnât âidealâ.
Again, I think you mean well here. So maybe instead of a backhanded compliment, try, âshe looks great!â
Not for her age.
Not for her size.
Not for her [insert any thing else.]
Just âshe looks great!â
April Yvette Thompson