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Wonder Woman and Bondage

February 5, 2015 by Heather Cole

I have loved and idolized Wonder Woman since I was a little girl. I had Wonder Woman underoos, and my cousins and I spent hours wreaking havoc around my grandparents’ farm playing Super Friends. Even at that age I was frustrated that there were so few female superheroes. I didn’t realize that Wonder Woman began as a comic in the 1940’s or that she was into bondage, domination and submission, and spanking parties. If I had known that… well, my childhood probably would have made a lot more sense.

Many thanks to our friend, Ashley, for finding this article about Wonder Woman’s fascinating roots.

“If you’ve never read the comics written by Marston and drawn by Harry G. Peter, Berlatsky’s book is particularly eye-opening. It’s not just that Wonder Woman gets tied up more than other heroes (although she does) and that she does plenty of tying up herself. Marston was a psychologist by trade, and his particular views on gender, sexuality, domination, and submission (which were all, in his mind, inextricably linked) are on full display in his Wonder Woman run. There are scenes of children learning to be submissive on Paradise Island, stories where Wonder Woman fails because she isn’t dominate enough, lurid images of women trapped in cages (and, sometimes, lurid images of Steve Trevor tied up). And there are those weird spanking parties.”

 

I’m falling in love all over again. Fetch me my magic lasso!

Read the entire post here: Why Early Wonder Woman Was a Champion of Feminism… and Bondage over at io9.


6 Comments »

  1. Kayla Lords says:

    Wow! I had no idea about Wonder Woman. You’d think with a history like that she’d be more of a figure in the BDSM world – although I have seen memes starting to pop up so maybe people are rediscovering her. 🙂

  2. I love how you’re falling in love with her all over again

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