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I'm celebrating Wonder Woman as a liberating character: a feminist superhero, invented and written by feminists in a conservative era. My daughter is (rightly) enamoured. A sample:
The Amazon has been a rare pop culture feminist. This is why Gloria Steinem put her on the cover of the first stand-alone Ms. magazine in 1972. (“It’s been many years since I was a child,” Steinem said recently, “but I still always buy two bracelets.”) Diana has provided generations with a symbol, not only of modern women, but also of humanity more generally: independence without egotistic brutality, kindness without mawkish humility.
In stories like Greg Rucka’s Hiketeia or Christopher Moeller’s JLA: A League of One, Wonder Woman is tough, intelligent and righteous, but also wary of intimacy, often lonely, and ambivalent about freedom. She boldly contains multitudes.