§ Why is this totally AWESOME quote by Dan DiDio not getting the attention it deserves???
The pants are really intentional for the actual story itself, again
§ JMS notes an odd dichotomy:
It’s not a case of either/or. What I found fascinating recently was a Wonder Woman reader, a woman, who pointed out that the difference between male and female superheroes is that male heroes are idealized in their appearance (muscles, skin-tight, but not being overtly sexual or posed in sexual ways), and women heroes are objectified (the posing and what’s shown is more overt). I thought this was absolutely fascinating, and dead on. So what we’ve really done here, I think, is move her from objectification to a more idealized appearance. But she remains strong, and attractive, and, I think, that makes her even more sexy, in a tough-minded way.
§ The moment the Wonder Woman news broke, did you just KNOW that When Fangirls Attack would go into hyperdrive? There’s even a part two. We esp. like the links on how feminism and a lack of patriotism destroyed Wonder Woman.
§ The Project Wonder Woman’s take on WW’s costume from a while back. Above, Daniel Krall.
§ Johanna Draper Carlson sums up some of our own problems with WONDER WOMAN #600:
In amongst these tales comes generic pinups of a fighter in a too-small bathing suit who usually leads with her breasts. Very few seem to understand the properties of metal, what the front of her costume is supposedly made of, preferring instead body paint. It’s that conflict, between Wonder Woman as sexual fetish and Wonder Woman as role model with unique personality, that traps most creators. I enjoyed reading the stories, but then I’d turn the page and there was someone else’s fantasy fodder.
§ Fashion guru Tim Gunn likes Wonder Woman’s new costume, so that case is closed, then.
§ Gloria Steinem is not a fan of the new take.
§ James Hudnall’s Strident Feminism Is the Problem, Not the Costume prompts us to ask for the thousandth time why feminism is always strident but never bombastic:
So, the characters origins come from a somewhat warped dude. And then, through the years DC has tried to make her some kind of ersatz feminist icon, spouting the usual clichéd bromides, basically saying “you can look but don’t touch!” Hostile, icy women may appeal to some, but are generally not going to win people over unless we’re given a good understanding of them as people. And writers over the years have failed to do that.
While the commenters at the rightist site Big Hollywood go for broke with examples of WW’s anti-American, pro-feminist agenda, no one seems to accept the idea that maybe a superhero that girls and women can identify with is an inherently valuable thing:
This is one of the best comic book-related articles I’ve ever read, Mr. Hudnall. Very perceptive. Wonder Woman lacks Superman’s stoic heroism, Batman’s psychological pathos, the Flash’s sense of fun, or the Green Lantern’s boundless sci-fi backdrop. In the eyes of most comic fans, all she has going for her is nostalgia. As a major draw, she’s doomed to failure; she’s too goofy to be an effective Batman-esque churl, and too churlish to be a Flash-imitating goof.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.