Wonder Woman was created in the early 1940s as a paragon of female empowerment and beauty and her near eighty-year history has included seismic socio-cultural changes. In this book, Joan Ormrod analyses key moments in the superheroine’s career and views them through the prism of the female body.
This book by Joan Ormrod explores how Wonder Woman’s body has changed over the years as her mission has shifted from being an ambassador for peace and love to the greatest warrior in the DC transmedia universe, as she’s reflected increasing technological sophistication, globalisation and women’s changing roles and ambitions. Wonder Woman’s physical form, Ormrod argues, is both an articulation of female potential and attempts to constrain it. Her body has always been an amalgamation of the feminine ideal in popular culture and wider socio-cultural debate, from Betty Grable to the 1960s ‘mod’ girl, to the Iron Maiden of the 1980s.
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