who is this woman?! she’s so pretty and strong and i love her shape. can she be a superhero, please??
EDIT: okay, apparently she is Samantha Wright. gif is from this video.
Hey look, an awesome lady doing awesome stuff, AND a chance to talk to people about body types!
Because here’s the thing - I have seen a hella lot of shit posted on tumblr about “waif-fu,” which is basically mocking the idea that women like Summer Glau or Sarah Michelle Gellar could ever be badasses. They’re too skinny! They’re too frail! A big strong man could snap them like a twig! And I think that Ms. Wright here may have the body type that people think is more appropriate to a superhero/soldier/badass woman; densely muscled, powerful, big thighs etc. This, I think, is the ideal that Ms. Glau or Ms. Gellar fall short of.
But what people don’t seem to understand is that they are taking what they see in male superheroes/soldiers/badasses and grafting it onto female superheroes/soldiers/badasses without really questioning what it is they’re seeing in either gender. Because the thing is - Ms. Wright lifts weights. This is a weightlifter’s body. Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth lift weights - those are also weightlifter bodies. For all that they might box or do yoga on the side, the actors who embody the Steve McGarretts or Derek Hales lift a shitton of weights, and that’s where their physique comes from (that and a shitton of nutritional restriction).
You know who has an actual fighter’s body? Robert Downey, Jr. And he is very attractive, and incredibly fit, but he’s not particularly broad or tapered; he’s got muscle pretty evenly distributed, and although he looks good without his shirt off he doesn’t look that intimidating. And for women, it’s no different; I knew a 110-pound girl who could beat the ass of any guy who came in the ring with her, and she wore her hair in Princess Leia buns while she did it.
I think it’s fine to bemoan the lack of body diversity in film, and even fine to say that the things we want to see our actors doing don’t line up often enough with the bodies we want to see our actors having. But making fun of “waif-fu” is just another way to body shame, with the added bonus of reinforcing the (incorrect) notion that you have to be big and buff in order to protect yourself. Thin women, skinny women, frail women - they can kick ass, probably harder than you’re comfortable admitting. Stop telling them what they should look like while they’re doing it.