We live on the cusp of a new generation of feminism. One that could see the fundamental inequalities of our world scrubbed away within our lifetimes. We live in an enlightened age. An age where information and communication are so proliferate that there’s no excuse for ignorance any more.
Now, more than ever, it’s important for today’s little girls to look to strong and positive female role models. Role models who triumph over adversity not by emulating male characteristics but by using compassion, understanding and that under appreciated yet quintessentially feminine strength that is all too sorely lacking, especially under the current administration.
With this in mind, here we look to that quintessential feminist poster girl Wonder Woman. While we all know her image and thanks to last year’s Wonder Woman movie more of us than ever outside of the relatively tiny confines of comic book fandom know her mythology. But there are some things about her which you may not know. Some things that will help to highlight just how progressive and ahead of her time this feminist icon really was and is…
Her creator also invented the polygraph
Wonder Woman’s creator William Moulton Marston was a fascinating man with a fascinating life. He was years ahead of his time both in terms of his progressive attitudes towards gender politics and his sexuality (he and his wife were in a polyamorous relationship with another woman). But writing was not Marston’s only stock in trade.
He also helped to invent the polygraph lie detector test. This test is still used to this day by companies like Forense Printing who provide outsourced polygraphic services. The lasso of truth may be Wonder Woman’s most useful tool but her creator helped to invent its real life counterpart.
As of 2016, Wonder Woman is not only an icon to women everywhere but to the LGBTQ community since she came out as bisexual in that year. The editorial team at DC comics were very matter of fact about it. Still, it makes sense that a woman who was raised on an island inhabited only by women would form romantic attachments to other women. It’s also more than likely that Tarzan sexually experimented with chimpanzees, but let’s not go there.
She might throw a lot of punches, but she has some interesting things to say about violence
While Wonder Woman is known as much for her martial prowess as her preposterously good looks, she is a diplomat first and a warrior second. Indeed, in celebrated writer Gail Simone’s run on the character she had these wonderful words to say on the subject of violence;
“We have a saying, my people. ‘Don’t kill if you can wound, don’t wound if you can subdue, don’t subdue if you can pacify, and don’t raise your hand at all until you’ve first extended it.’”
You’re Wonder Woman!
No, seriously girl. You’re Wonder Woman. Every time you teach your kids the value of compassion and caring over violence and conflict. Every time you put the needs of others ahead of your own. Every time you go out of your way to be a positive role model to the young girls who look up to you…
You are Wonder Woman!
*The featured image is an amazing Digital Drawing on Paper, by Fernando Pinilla González from Venezuela! Buy it here*