Thursday, June 5, 2014

Wonder Woman: Feminist Icon, Feminist Failure, or Both?

If you’re old enough to remember the 1970s, Lynda Carter playing the title character in the TV show Wonder Woman (shown above) from 1975 to 1979 remains what you think of when you hear the name of the heroine Wonder Woman. Sadly, one of the oldest (and one of the first female) superheroes seems stuck in time for these past 35 years. In Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine, comic book historian Tim Hanley looks back at the 1940s origins of the Amazonian as well as how the character has evolved in response to changes in American society since the 1950s. While some claim Wonder Woman as a feminist icon, others label her a feminist failure. After reading Hanley’s “curioushistory,” you’ll find it harder to fall back on the easy labels and see that Wonder Woman’s a little bit of both. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Wonder Woman: Feminist Icon, Feminist Failure, or Both?"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wonder Woman was voted by the highest known feminist by Gloria Steinem in 1972, she appeared in Ms Magazine cover.

Why? Wonder Woman represented then, woman had rights to speak her mind against Rape, Incest Rape and the right to defend herself from Rape and wear what she wants to wear even a skimpy outfit.

Today, Wonder Woman 52 Wonder Woman is a rape victim, her mother Queen Hippolyta is raped by Zeus the king of the gods..she is forced to have a daughter against her will. Their daughter is Wonder Woman.

To Greeks, Queen Hippolyta is a victim Incest Rape, Zeus is her grandfather.