WHAT?! This is super cool. Wonder Woman Unbound is in the “Bookmarks: Great Reads for Winter/Spring 2014” section of the current issue of Ms. magazine! Take a look:
Here’s the blurb typed out:
Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine
By Tim Hanley
Chicago Review Press
A streak of bondage fetishism, a hint of lesbianism – Wonder Woman was more complicated than your everyday comic book superhero. It was no accident she became a feminist icon, appearing on the first Ms. cover and starring in a TV show; her creator, William Moulton Marston, believed in women’s superiority and purposefully made her, according to Hanley, a sort of “super-powered Rosie the Riveter.”
It’s ridiculously fun that my name and my book are mentioned in Ms. magazine, along with five words that I wrote. Ms. has been such an important bastion of feminism for forty years now, and it’s a real honour to be included in their book recommendations. It’s exciting for a first time author to be in any publication, I suppose, but to be in Ms. means a lot, both as a feminist and a Wonder Woman enthusiast.
I mean, come on:
This was the first issue of Ms. magazine, and the catalyst that turned Wonder Woman from a little-read superhero floundering in a chaotic comic book series into a feminist symbol known and loved the world over. Wonder Woman was in a bad way when Ms. came along and adopted her as their unofficial mascot and established her as an icon. Without Ms., there wouldn’t have been a TV show, and without Gloria Steinem the superpowerless Diana Prince era might still be going on.
Now, Ms.’ adoption of Wonder Woman was ostensibly a celebration of her Golden Age incarnation but in actuality Steinem and her associates projected their own values onto her original comics; they essentially remade Wonder Woman, and in many ways the icon has overwritten her bizarre past. That’s actually what Wonder Woman Unbound is about, rediscovering Wonder Woman’s lost history and exploring her journey to becoming a feminist icon. Not that remaking Wonder Woman was a bad thing; there’s something absolutely wonderful about a group of women who grew up reading Wonder Woman recasting her for a new generation based on their interpretation of the character.
Anyway, Ms. is such a key part of Wonder Woman’s history, and a key part of Wonder Woman Unbound as well, and I’m beyond thrilled that the book got a mention in the magazine. It’s available on newsstands now, and you should definitely check it out.