For Nerds by Nerds is our weekly column where we dive deep into one of our pop culture loves. Sometimes that means opening a can of Duff and peeping some Moe Szyslak tattoos, other times we fight to put down our controllers and celebrate Majora's Mask.
While many people celebrate Wonder Woman as a feminist icon, most of her admirers are unaware of her risqué origins. Her character was created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist and writer, and was unveiled in 1940. For a number of years, Marston, his wife, and a woman named Olive "Dotsie" Byrne participated in a kinky and clandestine polyamorous sexual relationship. If you examine some of the comics that Marston authored, his liking for experimentation in the bedroom becomes glaringly apparent. In many frames, Wonder Woman uses her lasso of truth to bind villains in provocative positions and spanks them. These depictions of her are sexualized to the extent that it makes one wonder how much of his purported intention to make her a figure for female empowerment was tainted by the male gaze.
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