FINCH DROPS THE F-BOMB
So, the issue I see isn’t the declaration of her NOT being a feminist, but rather that David even brought up the word. He started a conversation that didn’t need to happen. WW is inherent in her feminism merely be being herself. Strong, proud, willful, making her own choices, pursuing her destiny, and maintaining a standard with ACCOUNTABILITY.
Her creator was his own brand of feminist, but gets remembered more for his proclivities. He believed that mankind would advance when the ropes of power were handed over to women, to get us away from the beast we built and set us on a course of peace and better social welfare. Those Amazons were put on that island for the express purpose of building a better world in all areas- medicine, technology, the arts, and expanding mental, physical, and spiritual prowess. Would that be true? Can’t say for sure, but I’d say the gods giving a mandate would be the element that would make it more likely. I’ve worked in settings dominated by both genders and have seen the problems that each grouping created. But, that’s another tangent…
What I see is that now people are upset over a loss that doesn’t need to happen anyway. For me, comics should NOT be straight-up socio-political platforms. Analogies are fine (see: Star Trek) as long as not overtly heavy-handed. But when we insert too much ideology and straight-up punditry via the medium, first we alienate demographics of differing viewpoints.
In the comics-group I run, we have many women. Some are very hard-line neo-feminists who see misogyny in a TON of comics material, yet an equally strong number do not, and often see humor in what the latter do not. Right there is the conundrum- feminism is fluid and means different things to different people. Opening the book to being a feminist one would just draw tons of scrutiny from both sides going everywhere from misandry allegations to syntax policing for gaffes and that’s no fun. What kind of feminist are we talking anyway? A Dworkin? A Paglia? A Faludi? A Fluke?
Again, WW kicking ass and promoting general equality and peace in the context of great story/art should satisfy MOST (as much as the comics-reading community is capable). In the ’70s, there was a bizarre period where in JLA WW became a hard-core feminist often accusing her peers of being chauvinists and complaining virtually every time she spoke. She, to me, was very unlikable in that book and was the least peaceful member of the group. I would HATE to see her become that again. I think her trip down the rabbit hole as the ad nauseam ‘warrior’ has already gone far enough recently and that would just get her further from who she is as a core concept. Originally, she fought for peace, championed social reform (Bragging about killing her foes? Never.), and actually had quite a plucky sense of humor. I’d LOVE to see that Diana back on the scene.
What I NEVER want to see is Di with starry-floss up her ass, in presenting pose. Nope. Or her book become a romance title again (yeah, I want to see her date and stuff, but her being all gaga monthly is a lose). Still, since we should have her making choices, I’d love to see her dive into fun fashion, make up, and things that are fun that plenty of feminists do in real life. Stands for her being more relatable, and getting away from the tired Linda Hamilton Terminator cliche’ of what makes a ‘strong heroine’.
Let’s not forget, no one ‘owns’ her sum and toto (well, except Warner Brothers), and we need her to appeal to a very broad audience who can appreciate the Wonder and the Sensation.