Almost two months ago, Wonder Woman was made a United Nations honorary ambassador. Lynda Carter, Gal Godot and other guests were there to celebrate this wonderful honor. However, some folks didn’t like that the Amazing Amazon received this praise. So, over 40,000 people signed an online petition asking UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to drop Wonder Woman.
“Although the original creators may have intended Wonder Woman to represent a strong and independent ‘warrior’ woman with a feminist message, the reality is that the character’s current iteration is that of a large breasted, white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit.”
You can tell that these protesters were not comic book readers, but anywho, the United Nations decided to revoke Diana as an ambassador. Now, there are some parts of the petition that make sense. Yes, there should be a real life woman to represent being a champion for all women. However, the very essence of Wonder Woman is very inspiring and encouraging to many people.
Wonder Woman stands for is truth, justice and equality. It is the very core of the character. I wished these protesters looked further than her costume, because if they did, maybe they would’ve seen the hero and the icon she has been for the 75 years.
In a great interview at Comicosity, Greg Rucka let the world know that Wonder Woman is queer. No joke, DC’s first lady is queer!
Matt Santori-Griffith: I’m going to start off simple and to the point. The Wonder Woman that you and Nicola have introduced to us in “Year One” — is she queer?
Greg Rucka: How are we defining “queer?”
You’re applying a term specifically and talking to an ostensibly cis male (and white to boot), so “queer” to me may not be the same as it is to an out gay man. So, tell me what queer is.
MSG: Fair enough. For the purposes of this conversation, I would define “queer” as involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender. It’s not the full definition, but it’s the part I’m narrowing in on here.
GR: Then, yes.
I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, “Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!”
And when you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, “How can they not all be in same sex relationships?” Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise.
It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women.
Please read the rest of the article, it’s really good.