Created by William Moulton Marston, also the inventor of the prototype of the polygraph under the pseudonym Charles Moulton, Wonder Woman is an Amazon princess who throws a rope
around people and bounces bullets off her bracelets. She's great if you like that sort of thing. Her reruns
on the Sci-Fi Channel are strictly last-resort TV, but bearable.

A super-hero published by DC Comics.

Wonder Woman is likely the best known of all female super-heroes. Ask someone to name a male super-hero, you are going to get answers ranging from Superman and Batman to Spider-man and Wolverine. But, ask someone to name a super-heroine, they are most likely to say Wonder Woman.

Three women have held the mantle of Wonder Woman. The most famous is Diana of Themyscira. Diana is one of the legendary Amazons, created by the five goddesses of Greek mythology (Artemis, Athena, Demeter, Hestia, and Aphrodite) as a warrior race who were peaceful at heart. Their queen, Hippolyta, longed for a child, which the goddesses granted by endowing a clay figure Hippolyta had created with life. So was born Diana, the Amazon who would one day be known as Wonder Woman.

Threats from Ares, the Greek god of war, caused the Amazons hold a contest to choose a champion to go into the world. Diana was forbidden to participate, but did anyway, hiding her identity. When she won the contests, Diana was given the mantle of Wonder Woman, along with the costume and the Lasso of Hestia (also known as the Lasso of Truth). Diana's reflexes and strength enabled her to deflect bullets with her bracelets and she wears a headband that is made of a nearly indestructable metal, which can be used as a thrown weapon.

Diana left her home, lived for a time in Boston, fighting the forces of evil Dubbed Wonder Woman by the press, Diana had many adventures, joining the Justice League for a time as well as fighting along side many other heroes.

Eventually returning to Themyscira (or Paradise Island as it is also called), Diana found that her mother was not pleased with her actions while she was in "man's world" and another contest was held to see if she would continue to hold her position as Themyscira's representative in the world. Diana lost the contest and an Amazon named Artemis was given the title of Wonder Woman. She only held the title for a short time before dying in battle against the White Magician. Diana then took up the mantle again. Soon however, Diana was also killed due to wounds inflicted upon her by the Demon Neron.

The Greek gods decided that since she had died heroically that she should be rewarded, so they transformed her into the goddess of truth, causing Thomas Bulfinch to roll over in his grave.

The mantle of Wonder Woman now vacant, the gods decided that Diana's mother should become the next Wonder Woman, so Hippolyta took up the call. she was only active for a short time, until Diana returned to Earth to continue her heroics as Wonder Woman. She was finally transformed back into a mortal after angering the gods for her disobedience.

The character of Wonder Woman appeared in as one of the heroes in the 1970's cartoon show the Super-Friends. She was also the star of a 1970's movie starring Cathy Lee Crosby of That's Incredible fame. Finally also in the 1970's a television series starring Lynda Carter aired for a couple of seasons.

"Suffering Sappho!"

William Moulton Marston, Harvard-trained psychologist, sensationalist author, quiet polygamist, inventor of the lie detector, adopted his most famous role as Charles Moulton, creator of Wonder Woman. She was not the first super-female to emerge from the Rosie the Riveter era, but she became the most famous, and the longest-lived. She made her first appearance in an All-Star Comics #8 supporting story, (December 1941), followed that with a cover appearance on Sensation #1 (January 1942), and soon claimed her own title, still in publication, in the summer of '42.

Naturally, she experienced many retcons along the way.

Her mother is Hipplolyte, brunette queen of the Amazons, who led them from the evils of man's world to hidden Paradise Island. She fashions her daughter from the clay of the earth and invests her with powers, aided by the gods and goddesses of Classical mythology. In particular, they are helped by their patron, Aphrodite. At the start of World War II, pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands on the Amazon's island. The queen's daughter must disguise herself to enter a competition to determine which Amazon should return Trevor to civilization. Naturally, Princess Diana wins. She takes on an American flag-inspired outfit (initially with a skirt), takes him home in an invisible plane, and takes on the identify of nurse Diana Prince. Later, she gets a secretarial job with U.S. military intelligence. She becomes Wonder Woman whenever necessary; her powers include superior strength and speed. Her bracelets defect bullets; her lasso forces people to tell the truth. Superman has kryptonite; Diana loses her powers if someone welds her "bracelets of submission" or (as they are sometimes later called) "Vambraces" together.

Steve and Paradise Island experienced the first retcon not long after they first appeared. It soon became a fact that no man could ever step foot on Paradise Island without disastrous consequences-- even though Steve passed some time there without incident. The island's sexist nature has been revised several times throughout its odd history.

Perhaps the most bizarre element of the early comics are Wonder Woman's sidekicks, the girls of a rather fetishistic sorority at Holliday College.1 The Holliday Girls are statuesque women with interchangeable personalities. The exception is their apparent leader, Etta Candy. Etta is, initially, a large, heavy-set female who loves eating sweet things. A few issues in, she becomes short, rotund, and less domineering. She remains in the comic until the 1950s.

The comic goes through a number of permutations after the war, but Wonder Woman is one of the few super-heroes to survive. In deference to the 1950s attacks on comic books (Dr. Frederic Wertham's Seduction of the Innocence claims, among other things, that Wonder Woman was a lesbian role model), she stops saying "Suffering Sappho!"

Beginning in 1959, we get supporting stories retelling Diana's early, childhood adventures. Retroactively, she now called herself Wonder Girl when she was young, and wore a variation of her adult outfit. Later, Wonder Tot adventures (again, with a variant of the outfit) appears. Finally, in 1961, a bizarre set of circumstances leads to all three versions of the character existing simultaneously. The possible effects of being mentored by the person you will one day become were ignored. The stories proved popular, and we'll return to them shortly.

In 1960, the comic attempts to introduce a new version of the Holliday Girls, including a new Etta Candy. They don't take, and quickly disappear. Although the Earth 1/Earth 2 dichotomy has not yet been established in DC comics, these may be regarded as the Earth 1 Holliday Girls. The Earth 1/ Earth 2 distinction created by DC Comics (wherein the heroes of the 1940s and the heroes of the late 1950s lived in parallel universes) could be used to account for a number of retcons, such as Wonder Woman's childhood career, Hippolyta's now inexplicably blonde hair, and Wonder Woman's newfound ability to ride air currents-- in effect, to fly. This ability removed the need for her invisible plane, an odd vehicle which has had many forms and origins throughout Wonder Woman's history-- and at times, does not exist at all.

Wonder Girl herself becomes the center of a good many retcons. She joins the Teen Titans, which consists of various teen sidekicks. Great confusion ensured as to her actual identity, since she coexisted with her adult self. As Wonder Girl disappears from Wonder Woman stories, the Titans' version of Wonder Girl is transformed into an entirely different character, Donna Troy, a sort of adopted Amazon. Donna has since undergone numerous transformations, and continues to fight crime-- while the name "Wonder Girl" has been taken by entirely different superheroines. By this point, Wonder Girl's origins and incarnations require more effort to explain than superstring theory, so we should return to her adult inspiration.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Wonder Woman loses most of her powers and stops wearing her traditional outfit. These events are changes, rather than retcons, and they do not last long. She has her old powers and outfit back in time for the first successful Wonder Woman2 TV series. That show spends a couple seasons in the 1940s and then skips ahead to the then-present; Lynda Carter's version of the character doesn't age. It's a pity that idea hadn't occurred to Wonder Woman's writers in the 1980s; it would have saved some very odd retcons that came to pass.

Wonder Woman continues much as she had, as the 70s end and the 80s begin. A previously unrevealed second clay daughter of Hippolyta, Nubia, appears in the 1970s. Wonder Woman's ability to ride air-currents becomes the ability to fly outright. There are changes, too: the Earth 2 Wonder Woman marries Steve Trevor. His Earth 1 counterpart is killed and then restored to life-- twice-- before he and his Wonder Woman follow the Golden Age characters to the altar in 1986. The writers know, by this point, that these changes will not last.

DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths wipes out the universe in 1986; a new Wonder Woman will emerge, free of her previously established history.

Post-crisis, George Perez rewrote Wonder Woman. She emerges only recently from Paradise Island-- now called Themyscira--whose patron is now Gaia, and whose Amazon citizens are reincarnated souls of women who died by male violence.3 The Greek gods play important roles in many of her adventures, even more so than in the 1940s. She meets Steve Trevor and a very different Etta Candy; Steve and Etta eventually marry each other. This Wonder Woman acts as Themyscira's ambassador to the rest of the Earth, and eschews secret identities.

Later, she dies, and her mother takes her position. In a series of tales written by John Byrne, Hippolyte even travels back in time to World War II, thus giving the Golden Age of comics a Wonder Woman. The twist is interesting, though it undoes painstaking efforts to rewrite the history of the 1940s Justice Society of America without the Amazing Amazon.

Paradise Island is also destroyed. However, death rarely takes in comic books, and Diana returns, deified, the Olympic Goddess of Truth. DC restores Themyscira, and then eliminates it again, and then.... Diana becomes quasi-mortal once more, eventually takes on a secret identity, and something akin to the original Wonder Woman once again fights crime in four colors.

For a couple of years.

In 2011, DC once again rebooted, starting all issues with #1 and significantly rewriting their history. Wonder Woman's has been most problematic. Minor controversy surrounded changes to her outfit, but that could easily be altered. Many fans showed enthusiasm for her more mythic adventures. The classical gods, reimagined in a more Lovecraftian manner, play even bigger roles than in past incarnations. Changes to her origins, however, have left many fans-- female fans in particular-- angry.

The Amazons became much more bloodthirsty and anti-male. Now, they reproduce with the help of captured sailors, whom they destroy, Praying Mantis-like, after using. Male offspring they sell into slavery. Far from being enlightened symbols of some kind of feminism, they have become a man's nightmare-creatures.

Wonder Woman herself, formerly a creation of a woman with supernatural aid, has become another bastard child of Zeus, who impregnates Hippolyta. As with the changed Amazons, this just feels wrong, symbolically. In 2012, DC raised eyebrows again by entangling Diana romantically with Superman. DC also felt the need to have her declare her heterosexuality during an encounter with Batwoman.

In 2017, DC did a "soft reboot" of their history, and Warner Brothers released a successful Wonder Woman film that portrayed a more traditional version of the character. Wonder Woman remains one of the longest-lasting and most-recognized comic book icons. We shall see what changes and revisions remain in store.




1. The early Wonder Woman comics feature frequent bondage scenes, and a handful of paddlings. Suffering Sappho indeed.

2. Previously, a pilot had been shot for a 1967 camp version of Wonder Woman. It never sold. Cathy Lee Crosby played the powered-down version of the character in a 1974 made-for-tv movie. Wonder Woman has also appeared in numerous cartoons; in 2008's Justice League: The New Frontier, Lucy Lawless provided the voice.

3. I'm thinking, if this were the case, that Paradise Island would be a good deal larger than it is.



Also a 2017 action film starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins.

Before the spoilers, I will say this: GO AND SEE THIS MOVIE.

And before you forget, NO, SERIOUSLY, GO AND SEE THIS MOVIE. EVEN IF YOU READ THE SPOILERS AND KNOW THE STORY, GO SEE IT ANYWAY - IT IS THAT WELL DONE.

Let's get the plot out of the way first:

Diana, princess of the absolutely gorgeous island of Themyscira - lives in a literal Eden surrounded by only women. She is the only child on the island, having been fashioned out of clay and blessed by Zeus with life. 

The beginning exposition is cleverly done by having the Queen of Themyscira tell a bedtime story to young Diana, who we clearly see is trouble, escaping her nanny and tutor in order to watch the older Amazons train in fighting. Seems that Zeus created mankind, and the Amazons to help tame them. Ares, the God of War, hated mankind so much he corrupted them to fight, and started a war in Heaven that killed off every God, even Zeus, being near-mortally wounded himself in the final battle. This is why the Amazons need to train hard to defend the human race in case Ares should return. They possess the God-killer weapon, which turns out to be a highly ceremonial sword.

Diana is seen next as a woman. The Queen decided that since Diana wants to learn to fight, she should be trained five times as hard as others, and ends up in a battle royale with tons of cool moves and CGI in which she defeats everyone. She lets her guard down thinking she's won the fight against her trainer, the Queen's sister. The latter attacks her again, suckerpunching her to teach her never to let her guard down. In the ensuing attempt to not receive a beatdown, she clangs her indestructible bracelets together, creating a shock wave that injures her trainer. 

She ventures away from the battle, upset at having hurt her. Standing on a cliff, she sees a German plane smash through some kind of time/space portal and crash in the ocean, the pilot unable to free himself and awaiting death by drowning. Long story short, she rescues him, some of the Germans pursuing him hit the beach and attack. The Amazons fire hundreds of arrows but many are killed by gunfire, including Diana's trainer, who takes a bullet to the abdomen and bleeds out at the end of the batle. Given that the pilot is dressed as a German but refuses to give any information about himself, they take him captive.

With the golden lasso of truth telling, they get from him that he's a spy. He was stolen a book of formulas from a weapons genius, a woman with an articulated porcelain mask covering the lower left quarter of her face. A German General Ludendorff scoffs at the upcoming armistice that will end World War I, and constructs a gas weapon which will even dissolve gas masks, making it ultimately lethal. The pilot, Steve Trevor, has to get back to London to warn his superiors, or the war will continue at a terrible price.

Long story short, the Queen wants to keep him captive on the island, Diana believes it her destiny to stop Ares, who she believes is behind the war. Naturally she steals the sword, shield, bracers and lasso of her people and secures a boat to leave the island forever. Given that leaving the island is a one-way trip, she is making the decision to leave the Amazons forever. Her mother tearfully wishes her farewell, knowing she cannot stop her.

She's clearly not well socialized to World War I era customs as evidenced by Steve setting two very distinct areas for them to sleep in, and her wondering why he's sleeping away from her. He tries to explain decorum, decency and the no sleeping together until marriage part, which confuses her. They get into a discussion where it's clear she has never met a man, but is aware of reproductive biology and so forth but not social custom.

They arrive in London, which is grey and smoky and horrifies her. Naturally My Fair Lady will ensue, and it does as they try to find her garments to help her blend in. The commentary on women's fashion is quite anvilicious, but they settle on something appropriate. The bargain is he is to take her to "the front", where she believes Ares to be. He insists they take the book to his masters first, and then he will happily take her to the front, as he intends to destroy the munitions factory making the poison.

She ends up in a small team of motley adventurers, them having in no way convinced the parliament of the threat of the new weapon. To them, the war is over, the armistice is to be signed, so what. Diana screams at them that true Generals lead the battle rather than hiding miles away, while Steve tries VERY hard to smooth over the gross breach of protocol. One of their number, Sir Patrick (played by Harry Potter's Remus Lupin) gives them needed money and backup with which to hire the mercenaries that accompany them. But he cannot officially be seen to support them, it's a suicide mission.

On the German side Ludendorff begs his superiors to not sign the armistice but give him a chance to create an armageddon weapon. The Germans explain that given they are out of food, supplies and munitions, it is over, even if he manages such a feat. He responds by locking them in their room with a gas grenade killing them all with said gas, cruelly throwing in a (useless) gas mask for them to fight over as they die.

On their way to the front, Diana undergoes a transformation - going from wanting to be a valiant warrior to being stopped in her tracks at the sight of returning servicemen in London, amputated limbs and missing eyes - to having increasing compassion for the innocent victims of war as they enter a trench and see fleeing refugees. She intends on crossing no man's land in order to help the stricken, and Steve insists it is suicide. She however has her shield and bracers, and simply deflects all incoming bullets, being eventually pinned down behind her shield by machine gun fire. The other soldiers see that they're concentrating their firepower on her, first her companions rain down bullets and grenades, but then the entire trench advances, the Germans realizing too late that there are other combatants in play. They kill every German, and the town serenades them. A photographer captures Diana, Steve and their companions - a sniper, a Muslim actor turned conman who can fast talk anyone, and a Native American tracker. 

Steve, realizing the best way to get to Ludendorff is by gatecrashing a gala, teaches Diana to dance. She is touched by this, they share a kiss, and as they retire for the night in the newly liberated hotel it is strongly implied that he spends the night with her.

The next day they advance on the gala. Ludendorff's plan is to demonstrate the power of the weapon to the Kaiser after field testing it in the local town, but our heroes don't know this. As Diana and Steve enter the gala separately (Diana unbeknownst to Steve) Steve is trying to seduce the female poison doctor but this backfires as he fixes his attention on Diana. She mistakes this for him preferring Diana over her and leaves in disgust. Meanwhile Ludendorff dances with Diana and makes comments about war making one powerful and immortal. She goes to impale him with the God-Killer on the spot, but Steve stops her. She is livid with rage. Ludendorff disappears for a valid reason, to fire the rockets at the nearby town.

Diana flees the party and luckily as a demi-Goddess is unaffected by the poison, but is moved by seeing the entire town they just saved dead. Steve catches up with her, and she refuses to interact with him. Ares has affected him as well as the Germans and he just cost her the chance to kill Ares in the gala, which in her mind would have prevented the missile attack.

She charges after Ludendorff. The Native American tracker leads her to him with a smoke signal and as she attacks the munitions factory/military base, Steve tries to catch up via motorcycle. Ludendorff is in possession of an inhalable drug which briefly accords him superhuman strength - when they fight, she believes even more that he is Ares, and kills him by impaling him through the heart with the sword.

This does not end the war. She is massively confused, and horrified when Sir Patrick apparates out of nowhere to inform her that she was wrong all along. She tries to stab him with the God-Killer, but he melts it on touch. The sword isn't the God Kiler, SHE is. And he, yes, is Ares - but not the God of War but the God of Truth. As she lassos him he uses it to telepathically show her what mankind has done to the planet, turning it from the paradise and Eden of her childhood to smoke, filth, decay, murder, and war. Too wounded in the battle to initially complete the genocide, he watched in dismay as mankind infestedthe earth and polluted it. But he never made anyone kill anyone - he simply informed them of ideas for new weapons and let their natural tendencies take over. With their deaths, the planet will be cleansed of the horrible taint that Zeus inflicted on the world.

Epic battle ensues: Steve chases after a huge biplane loaded with the gas, set on a timer to detonate over London with enough gas to kill everyone there. She meanwhile fights with Ares, part of the inital fight having deafened her temporarily to Steve's last words to her. He gives her his prize possession, a watch, and then leaves on what is certainly a suicide mission. His plan is that given the gas is flammable, he'll take the plane high enough to where the detonation won't kill anyone, and shoot the canisters, igniting them all.

She realizes what has happened and what Steve was trying to tell her when his plane explodes, and her pain inspires her to go from superhuman to Godike superhuman in rage. Ares tells her to harness that and join him, but she remembers that humans are capable of love as well as hate, and refuses to join him. Ares tries to kill her with lightning, but she simply harnesses that back and kills Ares with it in a giant shockwave blast that kills him off for good. The war actually ends at that precise moment.

She returns to London with her party, which is celebrating, but she isn't. She visits a memorial in the middle of London and tearfully touches the photo of the fallen Steve Trevor. We flash back to the beginning of the film where, working as a curator for the Louvre, she was sent a WWI photo by Bruce Wayne taken in the earlier scene, hoping it will inspire her to tell him more about her history. She thanks him by email and the film ends. 

Luckily for me, I got to see this film sitting right behind a row of tween and barely adolescent girls. This cheered me greatly, as I got to enjoy by proxy girls finally getting to see a heroine, someone they could identify with. And what a role model. Whereas Batman is inspired by revenge, and Spider-Man seeks initially to profit from his powers, Wonder Woman has always trained, lived and led her entire life with the goal of protecting mankind, even though they are flawed and she knows it.

It also let me quietly listen in on their reactions as certain types of scenes play out. Obviously there are going to be some bits of life advice for girls woven nicely into the narrative - and I was able to witness their reaction.

On the island, Steve bathes in a spa like water pool and is surprised by Diana walking in. The double entendres fly fast as she is nonplussed by his nakedness, but he's eventually seen to have been holding his hand over his genitals the entire time. "Are you normal for a man?" she asks disarmingly, to which he says "slightly above average". When she says "you let that little thing rule you?" we see that she's talking about a watch that plays an important symbolic role later. Cue the adolescent giggles in the row in front, but the message was clear. Diana had no issues with him being naked, sure she might have been curious never having actually seen a man, but she didn't attach any guilt, shame or need for modesty to the exchange. Also notable is that Diana, while wearing Wonder Woman level revealing outfits, never gets naked, but the man does. I applaud this nice little inversion of the normal trope.

Likewise when they are on the boat and Steve is trying to explain why he is initially uncomfortable sleeping next to Diana, and even more so when she wonders if he is homosexual which he denies vehemently, he wonders how much she knows about men, to which she answers she's fully cognizant of reproductive organs and what they do. When he is so fascinated by this he ventures boldly to ask if she knows what else those organs are used for, she says she's read all 12 books of a treatise on same. He asks if she has them with her, and she says no, he would be upset by their contents. Whereas men are good for reproduction, they're really not that necessary for a woman's pleasure, it's her responsibilty. Whereas some would read this as a subtle advertisement for lesbianism it's actually a really interesting sex positive note to throw in there, hoping the little girls who attend this get the drift.

The masculinist hordes will try and bend the film to complain that it says that all women = good, men = bad, and unnecesary etc. in the usual crying they do. That's not true. Her condemnation of men is condemnation of the human race, not men specifically. And indeed, she falls in love with a man and has enough strength in herself to be vulnerable to loving someone despite them being imperfect, which turns out to be a superpower in the end of the film. Keep in mind that during the film the Native American matter of factly mentions while Steve is asleep that his people's lands were stolen by Steve's people, so he has no place to go. The Muslim actor intiially tries to charm her because frankly she's a smokeshow, but eventually realizes he's dealing with something that he really shouldn't ogle or sexualize, and opens up to her admitting he'd love to be an actor, but is the wrong color. She doesn't let these flaws completely jade her, and is a stronger character because she eventually overcomes the growing distrust and childhood teachings about the human world to appreciate people for who they are.

She is never abused, turned into a damsel in distress, needs rescuing by men (in fact, she rescues Steve), subordinates herself to anyone. If she deviates from her primary mission to charge at Ares waving a sword it's because she knows she's a fish out of water and relies on Steve and others to help her navigate a strange world.

And yes, the actress who plays Wonder Woman is stunningly beautiful, but the movie never objectifies her. No Baywatch style running in slow motion or fanservice type shots of her, ever. She's seen moving with an inhuman grace as she dispatches dozens of German soldiers in a space of seconds, or leaps three stories to crash through a sniper's nest in a bell tower by bodliy collapsing it on the sniper in question.

I can't think of anything one could say about this film that is problematic in any way. Some folks have complained that it's 140 minutes and doesn't follow the standard narrative of heroine vs One Big Bad, but the story needed the time and to simplify the historical backdrop to tell a more important story. It models the healthiest possible relationship - one where two people start out as polar opposites, but complement each other playing off their strengths and weaknesses. She needs Steve to help her blend in to Edwardian London and also to figure out where the trenches of the war are and get her there. He is literally saved from death by her, and goes on to have no problem with her being the one who's the superhuman tank capable of resisting an entire battery of machine guns. He overcomes first his prudery, and then his initial intimidation to tell her he loves her, and she goes from seeing the world in terms of black and white, to shades of grey - and lets down her guard enough to feel for the people she's with, especially Steve. That can't be done in the standard movie format or time.

Thank God the first real superheroine movie is such a fantastic story on all fronts. She's not a horde-killing robot, but she kicks metric tonnes of ass. She's a human being with empathy and develops warm human relationships with people, and her sadness at death and pain isn't a weakness but a huge strength. She's not one dimensional in any way, and after decades of superheroines who were just cheap distaff knockoffs of male heroes, or worse, fodder for rape and so forth in Watchmen - girls can see themselves as truly strong, well rounded people. I'm actually kind of sad in a way - boys have no hero that's in any way close to what we get in this film. They get stupid pro wrestling level robot revenge stories, or people who are inspired by some kind of intellectual moral imperative, rather than real empathy for the people around them.

I saw it tonight, I'm watching it again, I'm buying the Blu-Ray, and I'm in love with the franchise. I want a sequel. I want it made by the same director, the same actors, and to keep just.... knocking the whole thing out of the park.

Six stars out of five. I'm going to see it next weekend, too.

Ok. Wonder Woman the movie.

I was mildly excited about seeing it. I like movies less and less as I get older. My father didn't like movies. I thought it was weird that he disliked movies. But I am turning in to him....

I loved comics as a kid. But I thought the DC heroes and heroines were really boring in the 1970s compared with Spiderman and the Fantastic Four. Superman is Mr. Perfect and an alien anyhow. Who cares? Wonder Woman isn't human anyhow and why's she dressed as a man's wet dream? It's not a practical fighting costume. Stupid. Invisible Girl. Sigh. Token woman, but yeah, she represents us better than most heroines: she's a wife. She becomes a mother. She is treated as the weakest link. She has less brains, less power, less anger and flames. Yep. Invisible, just like the rest of us girls.

Reading Wonder Woman and the Very Angry Comediennes I thought, shit, now I don't want to see Wonder Woman after all.

But I changed my mind and went with my daughter.

At first I didn't like it. But....now I do. Because I have talked to two men, who interpreted events differently than I do. So what I like is the movie's ambivalence....go women, go woman directer, go men that worked on it, go people, go go go....

Spoilers.

1. Does she have sex with him?
guy 1: yes. "Maybe more than once, since he is young." Uh, how do we count that? Is the number of times they have sex the number of times HE ejaculates? Or the number of times SHE does? Or if she cums 3 times and he does twice, does that count as having sex 5 times?
guy 2: no. She has already said in the boat, amazons have sex with men for procreation and have noted that men are not necessary for pleasure.
me: dunno. IF she did have sex, then why?

2. Was she drunk?
She was handed a drink before the fade out from him kissing her. Does it have alcohol? How much? Do Amazons drink alcohol? We don't know. Maybe she was drunk and banged him.

3. Has she killed anyone or anything before?
Ok, so she kills lots of people before the fade out from them kissing. Maybe she is banging him out of shock, grief and because she's drunk. On the other hand, she was raised fighting. Was she raised slaughtering chickens, cows and pigs? Are Amazons vegan?
guys: it's true love
me: I am wearing scepticals.

4. Hey, Amazons do it for procreation.
maybe she is sober, figures he's got a good chance of croaking and her too and decides to procreate. Why not? She's raised Amazon.

5. What are the role models for women?
ok, first of all, how many women are there in the film?
Are the Amazons women or are they something else? After all, Zeus takes them away to the island. BUT there are still women with men in the war. So, did Zeus only take women warriors? They are virgins, too. Only women virgin warriors? And why would she not be allowed back to the island? Because she is not a virgin? But hey, someone has got to sacrifice themselves to make more Amazons. Unless they aren't human and live forever. There were no children on the island. Maybe her calling or mission or whatever is really to produce more Amazons.
Ok, so I postulate that the Amazons are not human. Neither is she, she's a damn goddess. So there are two women in the movie: a villainess and a fucking secretary. Great. Oh, and some token crying victim women. I am role modelling away. If I have to pick one or the other, I wanna play the villainess. And they each get about one or two sentences and yeah, I knew the Brit was the evil God, duh.
One of the guys said, well, it's set in that time during a war. Oh, so there were no women around in WWI? How about some fucking camp followers? How about a women fighting on the front dressed as a man? Where is Mata Hari? Give me a nice bitchy whore to role model. Or, damn, I hope the Native American sidekick is a chick and that the PTSD Scotsperson is trans.

6. The only good woman is untouched by men.
Bleagh. This was my initial response. I hate the women are good until fucked by a man. Only virgins are pure, only virgins are moral, only virgins are good. Fuck me. Disney fucking princess. And once you are fucked you are bad, aka a Disney Queen. Oh, but, she is a goddess, so it doesn't count. Zeus fucked every woman and goddess he could get his hands on. Was Ares a slut? I don't know. Did Hera sleep around or was she in love, faithful and just pissed off all the time.

7. What is the outcome if Steve isn't killed off?
Bleagh again. A man is noble if he kisses the woman's hand and leaves her to continue his noble mission. What is a woman who says I love you and I am not going to marry you and keep house and bear your children because I like fighting a lot better? A noder said to me today: "well-- men don't like embracing badgers- as a general rule". Men are allowed to be aggressive. In women we call that Bitch. So he is killed off so that she can keep fighting and there isn't a keeping house issue and also she can remain pure in the future because it was True Love. Maybe she let him get on the plane deliberately....I could see that. Saves her a fuckload of role trouble.

So... I kinda hope the real mission is for her to repopulate the Amazons. She can bang whoever the fuck she wants. Just like her daddy.

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