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Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worcester

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038068

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.001.0001

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Chapter:
(p.203) Wonder Woman
Source:
The Superhero Reader
Author(s):

Gloria Steinem

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.003.0017

This chapter considers the feminist message of the Wonder Woman stories from the 1940s. It suggests that Wonder Woman symbolizes many of the values of women’s culture that feminists are trying to introduce into the mainstream: strength and self-reliance for women; sisterhood and mutual support among women; peace, fullness, and esteem for human life; a diminishment both of “masculine” aggression and of the belief that violence is the only way of solving conflicts. The Wonder Woman stories not only depict women as culturally different, they also hint that women are biologically, and therefore immutably, superior to men.

Keywords:   female superheroes, feminism, feminists, women’s culture

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