Psychological History of Wonder Woman

Psychological History of Wonder Woman

Psychologist William Marston created the Wonder Woman comic. There is a fascinating history of how social science influenced one of the most enduring comic book characters and how the social science was eventually removed from the story as censors and commercialisation took over.

“Feminism as Marston defined it was less about advocating gender equality and fighting sexism than it was a variant of the 19th-century temperance movement, which held that women were morally superior to men and, as such, responsible for controlling their appetites. Marston, who invented a precursor to the modern-day lie-detector test and was a top researcher in submission-and-domination sexuality, thought that society’s male-wrought problems would be solved by women—who, unlike men, would rule the world with love, compassion, and justice.”