What Makes this Woman Wondrous?
First written in the 1940’s by the inventor of the Polygraph test William Marston, Wonder Woman was meant to e a progressive view of women in an ultimately Paternal world. and it would certainly appear that way, from The land of the Amazons, Her physical prowess compared to other men, self-styled fashion sense and above all, her mental maturity over the situation, actually making a fully rounded character, rather than just another “dame”. Despite these congratulatory qualities, Diana (Wonder Woman’s actual name) was ultimately written in a man’s world,as even her plot centered around a masculine-lead story. First question: since when do Greek gods care anything about human freedom? If anything, the gods hate the concept of human freedom:right away, this is a pandering towards the American audience. Focusing back upon Diana, the main purpose for her departure for America was to escort a man she loved (upon first encounter, no less) back to the states and stayed, just because “it was so dandy”. Among other insults to women such as Diana having to be made a secretary to a hero’s group rather than taking an active role as a member, and her doppelganger’s husband (mistaking Diana Prince for his wife) chains her to the stove, and has no repercussions after the fact, but there is a sprinkling of WWII racial prejudice as well,such as the traditional Blackface,and the antagonistic view of the the Germans and the Japanese. Looking back at these from our timeline’s perspective, made me wonder what Marston’s point was in occasionally throwing sexist jibes so blatantly against men,if the main ethics are still Misogynistic in nature. Despite these jabs of an old nerd, I almost forget for whom the series was meant for:young children. For young girls especially,this series was revolutionary, and perhaps,even game-changing in women’s rights movements.
What’s not to e excited about being a secretary? you save the day, and now you can sign the damage report forms for each memer, IN TRIPLICATE!