Gloria Steinem on the new Wonder Woman

Gloria Steinem sent me an email yesterday containing her comments to the Associated Press regarding the new Wonder Woman. Gloria, as previously mentioned, has a very long history with the WW character that you can read about in “Wonder Woman: The Complete History.” She is one of the world’s experts and has worked hard for decades to keep her character authentic. Here are her comments…
There are at least two things about the Wonder Woman change that are in the Olympics of blunders.

First, the guys doing this — and they seem to be all guys — cite no research from the generations of girls and women who’ve loved Wonder Woman ever since she was invented during World War II; an alternative to the sadism and gore in boys’ comic books that were so extreme, they inspired a Congressional hearing. Instead, Wonder Woman converted her adversaries, compelled them to tell the truth with her magic lasso, and otherwise made the world safe for girls, women and democracy.

Second, the new Wonder Woman birth myth has her arriving as a baby after her Amazon home of Paradise Island is destroyed; an exact copy of Superman who came as a baby from the exploding planet Crypton. This destroys her home, her Amazon mother and sisters, and gives her no place to go to gain strength and create an inspiring story line; something the original Wonder Woman often did.

As in the late ’60s when Wonder Woman creators took away all her magical powers — and would have perished along with them, had not Ms. magazine come to the rescue with a lobbying campaign to restore them — I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens again.

The original Wonder Woman was changing the world to fit women. This one seems changed to fit the world.”


If you want to read a little about the history of WW online check out the entry in Wikipedia.She was created in 1944 by”Marston as a distinctly feminist role model whose mission was to bring the Amazon ideals of love, peace and sexual equality to a world torn by the hatred of men.”

The campaign has started – Reclaim Wonder Woman!!!!!!!
A message to you Gloria – I cannot imagine anything more spectacular then YOU getting involved in creating the screenplay for the new WW movie. The screenplay that has been in the works for over a decade. They can’t seem to find a good story line despite repeated tries by a variety of writers. Perhaps it is meant to be? I so believe in fate, in destiny, in all that. You are the expert. You love the character of Wonder Woman. You will keep the character honest and authentic and and….. I just got chills. Gloria. You must do this and if you need an assistant, I am right there with ya!
(Pictured right – Gloria and me and my recent going away party in NYC – the cuffs I am wearing were a gift from Gloria – gold cuffs to add to my WW collection … read yesterday’s post for more).
Jan 2009 post on WW – link at the bottom to some other WW posts. This has been a theme!

Gloria Steinem

 

 

I don’t have a big issue with jeans versus skirt — though jeans give us the idea that only pants can be powerful — tell that to Greek warriors and sumo wrestlers — and though in fact, they’re so tight that they’ve just painted her legs blue; hardly a cover-up. I have an issue with changing her clothes and destroying home and family on what seems to be the brainstorming of a very limited group pf brains.

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