Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. Now, this not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media, but creators as well. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for young girls to have said example to follow.
DISCLAIMER: While there are countless iterations of this iconic character created by cartoonist Charles Addams, this piece will focus on Christina Ricci‘s portrayal of Wednesday Addams.
Wednesday Addams (Ricci) is the eldest daughter of Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia Addams (Anjelica Huston). She’s close to the family butler Lurch (Carel Struycken). Wednesday harbors a love of all things macabre, and is especially fascinated with the Bermuda Triangle. She also admires her ancestor, Great Aunt Calpurnia Addams, who was burned alive as a witch in the 18th century. In Addams Family Values Wednesday buried a cat alive, tried to murder her brother Pubert and may have scared her boyfriend to death. In short, she’s a girl who’s one with the forces of darkness.
The Real Deal:
Now, Wednesday is the real deal. Yes, she buried a cat alive and tried to kill her brother. Nobody’s perfect, so there’s no need to throw stones at glass houses. Wednesday marches to the beat of her own drum. She doesn’t care what people think of her. This is an admirable trait, especially in a girl trying to navigate her teenage years. She wears whatever she wants, regardless of whether her apparel is “in style” at the time. Her fascination with the macabre and death is indicative of her fearless spirit. While most people fear death, Wednesday is intrigued by it. Not to mention, Wednesday knows that life isn’t just about having a boyfriend. Her interests lie beyond that. She’s incredibly intelligent, blatantly honest and strong-willed.
Why She Matters:
Alright, so why does Wednesday Addams matter? She represents individuality, for starters. Wednesday embraces who she is through and through. She’s comfortable in her own skin. Wednesday will never sacrifice her beliefs or her sense of self for anyone. She is a prime example of loving yourself without inhibitions. Wednesday is a strong individual, and damn anyone who tries to bring her down. She has her own voice, and she’s unafraid to use it.
Not only that, but Wednesday doesn’t “live” for romance or having a boyfriend. This is also imperative for young girls to witness – that establishing your identity in a partner is detrimental to your own character. It hurts more than it helps. Life is rife with endless possibilities, and we should all focus more on seeking out the best it has to offer.
So, be like Wednesday. Be true to yourself. When everyone else jumps off a bridge, stay on it. March to the beat of your own dirge. Be inquisitive. Embrace your inner goth child. Oh, and try not to kill your brother…if you can help it.