Sunday, February 1, 2015

Wonder Woman: Man Hating Feminist

"In some versions of the myth, no men were permitted to have sexual encounters or reside in Amazon country; but once a year, in order to prevent their race from dying out, they visited the Gargareans, a neighbouring tribe. The male children who were the result of these visits were either killed, sent back to their fathers or exposed in the wilderness to fend for themselves; the girls were kept and brought up by their mothers, and trained in agricultural pursuits, hunting, and the art of war. In other versions when the Amazons went to war they would not kill all the men. Some they would take as slaves, and once or twice a year they would have sex with their slaves."  - Wikipedia

Of course, Kirby, we know that in legend these women were fierce warriors who spurned the company men except for procreation.  But the Wonder Woman of comics, surely you'd say, was said to be from these people only as a way to account for her powers.  It's just a comic book, after all, it's simply light entertainment, right?  NO, Wonder Woman is propaganda.  And with her film debut just around the corner, people should know.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

"She was created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard. A press release explained, “ ‘Wonder Woman’ was conceived by Dr. Marston to set up a standard among children and young people of strong, free, courageous womanhood; to combat the idea that women are inferior to men, and to inspire girls to self-confidence and achievement in athletics, occupations and professions monopolized by men” because “the only hope for civilization is the greater freedom, development and equality of women in all fields of human activity.” Marston put it this way: “Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.” - The New Yorker

William Moulton Marston Ph.D.  admits his creation is propaganda but the first part of the quoted press release is completely misleading.  Marston aka Charles Moulton endows Wonder Woman with a specific and very intentional weakness, when bound by chains or rope she loses her Amazonian powers.  Thus ensuring that every issue of the comic had scenes of bondage.

Bracelets of Submission?  Marston says he's peddling positive ideals for young women but upon closer inspection it appears he was doing something very sinister when you consider that his audience was kids.  This is a man with a doctorate of psychology from Harvard and who invented the systolic blood pressure test.  To suppose that anything to do with his heroine  is unintended or innocent would be foolish.


"Marston was mostly known, though, not as a soft-core writer, but as a professional psychologist. He made significant contributions to early lie detector technology and did audience research for movie studios. He also investigated sorority initiation rituals. " -

William Marston (b. 1893) was involved in the early feminist movement and was a devotee of Margaret Sanger the notorious eugenics advocate and founder of a collection of groups which became Planned Parenthood.  He met Sanger's niece, Olive Byrne, while teaching at Tufts and it was with her that he did the research into sorority initiations.  They became lovers and soon he had his mistress living in the same home he shared with his wife.
Tie Nell to the tracks!  I love photography and art in general.  It was when I was looking into the Gibson Girl, a style of drawing women, that I came upon an artist known for this style, Harry PeterH.G. Peter was the first artist to draw Wonder Woman and it was then I came upon Marston.  When I started reading all this stuff it dawned on me that it was more fun than a Bo Derek scratch and sniff centerfold.

From Wonder Woman propaganda to modern culture

“Not a comic book in which Wonder Woman appeared, and hardly a page, lacked a scene of bondage. In episode after episode, Wonder Woman is chained, bound, gagged, lassoed, tied, fettered and manacled. She’s locked in an electric cage. She’s winched into a straitjacket, from head to toe. Her eyes and mouth are taped shut. She’s roped and then coffined in a glass box and dropped into the ocean. She’s locked in a bank vault. She’s tied to railroad tracks. She’s pinned to a wall. Once, so that she can be both entirely bound and movable, her fettered feet are welded to roller skates. ‘Great girdle of Aphrodite!’ she cries. ‘Am I tired of being tied up!’ ”  - The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

You might think that someone would have noticed all this and raised an alarm.  You might think.  But when you're a far left lunatic draped in the crusade of feminism you get a pass.  William Marston was into the BDSM lifestyle long before most people had the slightest idea what it was.  That he propagandized children with his deviancy should have been a crime.  Instead, DC comics named him as one of the fifty that made DC great.
 Sometimes you have to know where you've been in order to know where you are.  When I bring you stories like Caligula Would Be Proud or Trailer Park Perverts it's important, I think, to understand that the poisoning of our society and culture has been ongoing for decades.  Wonder Woman wasn't sold in adult book stores.  It was sold to kids.

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