Meet the Guy Behind Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is the best superheroine of all time.

Yes, I know that will get many comic fans up in arms, but for those who do look up to Wonder Woman, did you know that there’s a book titled The Secret History of Wonder Woman? Written by Jill Lepore, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and staff writer at The New Yorker, the book is now available on Amazon.

According to a writeup on The Daily Beast, what we know about Wonder Woman will change if/when we read the book. Expect “sex, politics, love, loss, feminism, and a family. But what it’s mostly about is lying“.

Where did this all come from???

I guess we can all look at the guy behind Wonder Woman, the guy who created her; and his name is William Moulton Marston.

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While I haven’t read the book, I fully intend to as soon as I can; but here’s a peek at the guy behind Wonder Woman, thanks to the people at Hello Giggles. Some tidbits are pretty cool, others make me look at things differently.

Ready?

  • William Moulton Marston also invented the lie detector. Now that’s where the lasso of truth comes from!
  • He had strong ties to the feminist movement. Maybe that’s why Wonder Woman turned out to be an icon in the feminist world?
  • Marston was a secret practitioner of polyamory. Now that’s quite contrary isn’t it?
  • Marston and the women he loved were practitioners of bondage. The theory is that his life reflected his work – Wonder Woman always getting tied up by the bad guys.

So what do you think about the secret history of Wonder Woman? Does this change your perspective of her?

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