When we look back at the great social justice struggles of 2017, surely, neigh certainly, the cause of putting armpit hair on fictional women will top the list.
This week, Warner Bros. released the new trailer for Wonder Woman, and most problematically, the Amazonian warrior princess played by Gal Gadot did not have any armpit hair.
Twitter exploded at the revelation, claiming women of the fictional matriarchy Themyscira would probably not shave their armpits. Some speculated that Gadot’s armpits were photoshopped to show a sheen, immaculate visage, unattainable by real women.
Many woke, intersectional journalists were also angered by the lack of gross armpit hair.
“Is this seriously still happening in 2017,” cried Slate.
“Do better!” crowed the Revelist.
Refinery29 even opined for a day when Wonder Woman could “prove that women—even those who are superheroes—don’t have to cater to beauty standards that are meant to make them more attractive to men.”
Wonder Woman has never had armpit hair in the comics or on screen. The new film is also set during World War 1, around the same time women began shaving their pits.
Gadot herself has yet to address the growing #Armpitgate scandal, instead choosing to tweet about non-armpit related issues. Do better, Gal!