Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in "Batman versus Superman Dawn of Justice" directed by Zack Snyder. (Warner Brothers/TNS)

75 And Loving It: Wonder Woman Has A Complicated Place In Pop Culture

By Meredith Woerner
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As Meredith Woerner puts it, Wonder Woman is “A warrior with godlike strength (and a penchant for bondage) she prefers peace and love to war and violence, a contradiction that has along made her a symbol of female empowerment, and the center of controversy.”

Los Angeles Times

This is an unparalleled time for women in American history.

The polls are predicting the first female president. Narrowing the wage gap has become part of legislative agendas. Activists are battling against sexual assault and for abortion rights with a fervor not seen in decades and the glass ceiling is looking more fragile every day.

It is also the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman.

Coincidence? Perhaps not.

The creation of Dr. William Moulton Marston, a psychologist with broad-minded views on sexual expression whose work as an inventor would led to the creation of the lie detector, Diana, princess of the Amazonian island of Themyscera, has always stood out.

She isn’t some rich orphan boy turned vigilante like Batman or last son of a dead planet. Wonder Woman is the child of a god. The Amazonian princess first appeared in the eighth issue of 1941 “All Star Comics.” Her nine-page origin story swiftly lead to her first cover on “Sensation Comics No. 1” where she appears deflecting bullets from a tommy gun with her now iconic bracelets.

But her weapon of choice is the lasso of truth. A golden rope that forces those constrained to reveal their deepest secrets, the lasso allowed her to not just right wrongs both as a crime fighter and an instigator of social justice.

A warrior with godlike strength (and a penchant for bondage) she prefers peace and love to war and violence, a contradiction that has along made her a symbol of female empowerment, and the center of controversy.

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