Dangerous fantasies? Bondage, feminism and female empowerment in early Wonder Woman Comics: Bondage, feminism and female empowerment in early Wonder Woman Comics

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

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Carsten Fogh Nielsen - Lecturer

Created in 1940 by William Marston, a polyamorous psychologist and self-declared inventor of the lie detector, Wonder Woman was explicitly designed to be a symbol of female empowerment. However Marston was no traditional feminist. Not only is Wonder Woman repeatedly chained, shackled, manacled, gagged and tied up; she actually seems to enjoy her subjugation. How can a dedicated supporter of female empowerment support and encourage female bondage? The talk attempts to answer this question (and make sense of Wonder Woman’s feminist credentials) by taking a closer look at Marston’s unorthodox private life and his equally unconventional psychological theories.

Invited talk at the Department of Germanistic Studies, University of Austin, Texas, US.
10 Dec 2016

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    Keywords

  • Wonder Woman, Superheroes, Popular Culture, Feminism, Gender Politics

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