Amazonian paradise is nice, but male attention is better.
WONDER WOMAN (1975-1979). ah wonder woman i love you so much! along with bewitched and buffy, the female-super-hero genre was such a welcome respite from the more blatant woman-hating in every other show (but even these werent feminist). what i remember most about wonder woman is that it presented an image to me that i had never considered before: a male-free amazonian paradise, where women are free, safe, and happy, and they live in complete peace and order with ample sunshine, trees and water. seriously, i never even imagined that such a thing was possible, before i saw the depictions of wonder womans native “paradise island” at various points in the show. if i found an amazonian paradise like this today, i dont think i would ever leave: but wonder woman did leave. in fact, what we have here is a perfect illustration of the first common theme/criteria of the PIV-centric narrative, where the goal is to “land a man.”
for anyone who remembers paradise island, it was a paradise wasnt it? it was beautiful, and serene, and nothing but happy, safe women as far as the eye could see. and wonder woman gave all of this up, for what again? oh yeah: to save mostly other men from each other, and to garner the sexual attention of one man, a military officer named steve. when i was a child, this seemed perfectly logical to me, and a fine reason to leave: MEN! now that im older and know better, not so much. men arent worth it: individually, they are going to subject you almost inevitably to PIV-centric sex (or rape) and regarding “saving” them from each other (meaning sussing out corruption and crime) well MEN are the problem, arent they, why not let them be their own solution?
a similar thing happened on the golden girls too: the 4 women made a pact with each other to be together, and to take care of each other always, no matter what: this apparently went out the window as soon as dorothy landed a man. there is no way this would happen to me now, and frankly i didnt buy it then: would any woman who had what the golden girls (or wonder woman) had, give it up just for the privilege of spending time with men, or one man? i really dont think so, and in fact if the economic issues of aging for women under the P were removed from the equation entirely, there would be absolutely no motivation for older women to partner with men at all, would there? and wonder woman had everything she needed, and was 2,526 years old…if only any of us will ever be so lucky. unfortunately, not many of us ever will be, and we wont experience aging with a safety net that doesnt include PIV or the threat and fear of rape.
heres a mashup of wonder woman, with lots of spinning. ironically, it opens with wonder woman opening a box of roses and wondering delightedly what man mightve sent them: the roses are poisoned and she is instantly incapacitated and kidnapped. how appropriate.