Wonder Woman: the Iconic American Super-heroine
Approximately three billion women exist on our planet. Many of them show strength and wisdom while simultaneously demonstrating kindness, though some mistake this as weakness. Wonder Woman, superhero and symbolic female liberator, existed simply to contradict the beliefs of the ignorant and to assist in transforming America. She does more than fight fictional foes; she fights those still clinging to antiquated ideas of female inferiority. When created, Wonder Woman’s mission involved giving millions of women the power to step outside the comfortable realm of domestic bliss. As the first major super-heroine, she offered refreshing ideas to the comic book world. After time passed, Wonder Woman seemed to have an identity crisis. She even gave up her powers and morphed into a semi-proactive business owner, until protested against by the women of America. Now fully restored, Wonder Woman’s character and spirit have the potential to make a significant impact in modern society. In the Middle East, Wonder Woman could inspire all women to defend their human rights, and in a very real sense, Wonder Woman Day raises money for domestic violence victims. Though some consider superheroes as simply entertaining, Wonder Woman helped changed American perception of females and still serves as an inspiration for countless young girls. In an era of masculine superiority, Wonder Woman had a gradual impact on the female population of the time and transformed into the ultimate feminist icon. William Moulten Martsen, the psychologist who created Wonder Woman, made her to empower the women of America. “Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.” This statement, spoken by Martsen, shows his purpose in forming the legendary lady. When Martsen invented Wonder Woman, the time period reflected women’s inferiority to men. He concluded that they needed to be enabled (Tartakovsky). His character could possibly serve as a cure for an issue that held the potential to damage society. As a man of the mind, Martsen would create things intended to impact the mind. Combining a psychologist with comic books resulted in an extremely contemplated character; her depth eventually contributing to her popularity. In creating the character, Martsen endowed her with a feminist foundation allowing her to develop into a heroine of her present stature. Illustrated in her birth, Wonder Woman entered the world on Paradise Island and rose into childhood in the all-female Amazonian race ("Wonder Woman [American Comic-book Character]”). Five goddesses from Olympia assembled the pedigree with intentions to bring elements of “equality, justice, and peaceful harmony” to humanity (Wallace). Though the characteristics listed do not necessarily describe a warrior, these women took action when needed. Wonder Woman’s Amazonian background assists her in revealing aggressive, superhero-like qualities while remaining a symbol of goodness. Even with superhuman strength, Wonder Woman appeals to her audience of women. For instance, her costume manages to balance function and fashion. On her hips hangs the Lasso of Truth, an indestructible rope that forces honesty out of those bound by it. Perched on her head, lies a “razor sharp” tiara which doubles as a boomerang. Her metallic bracelets redirect any incoming projectiles and her starry leotard solidifies her image as an American emblem (Lynda Carter). When conflict ceases, Wonder Woman’s alter ego, Diana Prince, works as a nurse to preserve a “masquerade of normalcy” ("Wonder Woman [American Comic-book Character]”). Many women of the time had occupations as nurses, giving them an undeniable connection to the suave superhero. Simply speaking, Wonder Woman expressed a novelty that has yet to be matched. One can easily understand how...
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