By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, October 8, 2010 20:56 EDT
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So I linked on Facebook this article about how actress Lea Michele has caught Incredible Shrinking Actress Syndrome*, and I was mostly making fun of a commenter who said that we couldn’t blame the patriarchy because it was Michele’s “choice” to diet. I said, “How do they think it works otherwise? The patriarchy police show up at your house and start slapping food out of your hands? That’s only how it works on David E. Kelley shows.” And then I was alerted to some incredibly disturbing news:

David E. Kelley is working on a Wonder Woman series.

I have very little doubt that it’s going to exhibit the same mean-spirited skepticism that a woman can have power and happiness at the same time that was on full display on “Ally McBeal”. Maybe not, but I’m really feeling right now that this is, if it comes to fruition, going to be the definitive proof that Kelley thinks misogyny is fucking awesome. I’m not usually one to really dwell on Wonder Woman as some iconic feminist superhero—in most important ways, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has replaced her as the iconic feminist superhero—but I don’t want to see her get rewritten as someone who gave up having self-esteem and believing herself loveable when she took up having superpowers.

*That another actress that was already quite thin started losing weight rapidly once she got on TV wasn’t surprising, and since she’s not gaunt, it’s not as upsetting as it can be. But what really pissed me off, and another reason that we stopped watching “Glee”, is that they turned Rachel from a character who was just an overindulged child to a real monster with no empathy for any other human beings. I now consider her character a nasty, bigoted stereotype of Jewish women and every time she came on screen, I flinched.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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