Watch Wonder Woman exit the golden age, enter the post-war era…. and morph from an active, standing character to a seated, passive love object.
Her shift from active hero to a passive object of male interest coincides with the massive displacement of women from the work force after 1945. The last three comics reflect the renewal of cultural pressure for women to resume their domestic roles now that male soldiers were home from the war.
This montage inspiration comes from Daniel Amrhein and Dragon Con’s packed Monday afternoon Feminism in Comics, featuring kellysue. The presentation looked at the ways Wonder Woman’s status as an icon for women has changed and evolved over the decades.
Afterwards, the DC comics track hosted this excellent panel on current trends in the comic industry. (Spoiler: they’re much better than this one.)