Posted by: Doc Comics | May 8, 2017

The Wonder Woman Paradox

GREAT essay reflecting upon “The Wonder Woman Paradox”… You can delve into some of my own past thoughts on this recurring problem of representation here.

Butterfly Language


There is no art, no poetry, no song, no human expression, in which the female breast is not celebrated and adored.
—Robert Anton Wilson, “The Book Of The Breast”

Wonder Woman is pretty much the most prominent “goddess”-type figure there is in the mythology of contemporary pop-culture, perhaps only second to Princess Leia. Though humans have seemingly “evolved” over the decades and millennia, this primal need throughout the masses for archetypal icons of femaleness remain, whether we want to admit it or not (new archetypes are another matter, and I’ll get to that in a future post).

But Wonder Woman, the subject of an upcoming big-budget motion picture, has had an extremely strange and ideologically-charged past. She is, ultimately, an enigma, a paradox…as contradictory, battled-over, and fluid as the archetype in our current era itself.

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