I’ve been reading up on Margaret Sanger lately, reputedly the inspiration for Wonder Woman:
Superman débuted in 1938, Batman in 1939, Wonder Woman in 1941. She was created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard. A press release explained, “ ‘Wonder Woman’ was conceived by Dr. Marston to set up a standard among children and young people of strong, free, courageous womanhood; to combat the idea that women are inferior to men, and to inspire girls to self-confidence and achievement in athletics, occupations and professions monopolized by men” because “the only hope for civilization is the greater freedom, development and equality of women in all fields of human activity.” Marston put it this way: “Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.”
—Jill Lepore, author of the book The Secret History of Wonder Woman writing in The New Yorker.
In May, 1942, F.D.R. created the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. A hundred and fifty thousand women joined the Army, filling jobs that freed more men for combat. The corps “appears to be the final realization of woman’s dream of complete equality with men,” Sanger wrote in the New York Herald-Tribune. But she was dismayed that the government didn’t provide contraceptives for WAACs and adopted a policy of dismissing any woman who got pregnant. “This new women’s Army is a great thing, a real test of the woman’s movement,” she said. “Never before has the fight for woman’s equality narrowed down to the real issue, sex.”
In 1943, Marston wrote a Wonder Woman story called “Battle for Womanhood.” It opens with Mars, the god of war, angry that so many American women are helping with the war effort.
“There are eight million American women in war activities—by 1944 there will be eighteen million!” one of Mars’ female slaves reports, dragging a ball and chain.
“If women gain power in war they’ll escape man’s domination completely!” Mars thunders. “They will achieve a horrible independence! . . . If women become warriors like the Amazons, they’ll grow stronger than men and put an end to war!”
Later in the article we learn about the evil male machinations which prevented women from creating a Wonder Woman utopia, in both fictional and historical fashion.
As I write this, there have been a rash of shootings of male police officers. These are the men who women rely on to keep us safe in an unsafe world, given that our own fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons have been hamstrung from doing so, legally, sociologically, politically, “morally,” and demographically—in some states more than others.
Recently, I tried to watch an hour-long videotaped conversation between Christina Hoff-Sommers and Camille Paglia, two women who have had a great influence on me. One, a wife and mother, and the other who calls herself “gay”. In her landmark book, Sexual Personae, Paglia describes her own persona as “male,” particularly as related to sex with women.
Try as I might, I could not concentrate for an entire hour on the mutual love-fest, which attempts to distinguish their versions of Feminism to the fright which Feminism has become.
In a sense, they are blonde Wonder Women, whose invisible and uncredited powers are men.
Some of the fawning and outright worshipful comments that I have heard and read from men of my generation and older with regard to the creative output of these two Amazons give me pause.
Similar remarks have been made about me, a “strong, independent, intelligent” woman. What? I have never been independent. I have no idea how to even navigate this world that I’ve been dropped in after 17 years of being isolated from it by The Han.
If being casually sexually serviced did it for me, I’d be in great shape. It doesn’t. The preponderance of offers to do just that leaves me cold.
These same men were delighted to live in what was once a Wonder Woman utopia of beautiful women giving out sex freely and seemingly taking over the responsibilities of men. What did they imagine was going on in the rest of the world at the time? Was their existence really that protected and insulated from demographic reality?
Where the policemen and security guards who enabled that utopian existence invisible to them?
The men sent to Vietnam certainly were.
Paglia of course has blatantly and “controversially” repeatedly identified within her independent works that it is men who create and maintain our world. However, in the above video, reminiscing of how good Feminism used to be, Paglia and the camera keeps the focus on the “feminine” woman with the invisible husband, in a lovely hairdo and make-up.
It’s the gentlemanly thing to do.
Black Lives Matter has been framing the protection and enforcement of laws by police officers as racist or of operating out of a disregard for the lives of Black Men. However, under our current methods of taxpayer-paid compensation to nonworking women, the life of a Black Male fails to have value to a Black Baby Momma when he is either not impregnating her or slipping her protective or monetary provisioning. In other words, he has a short shelf life.
However, the political and economic value of being a celebrity widow would appear to be worth a whole lot. Especially if the Hillary Clinton campaign guarantees it.
The movie I recommend on the phenomenon is Bonfire of the Vanities, particularly the character Annie Lamb. I’ve heard that the movie bombed at the box office. Gee. Any idea why?
Poor Morgan Freeman.
Once all protective and strong men of The West of any color have either been sent overseas, slaughtered, or disincentivized from lifting a finger to protect women, the entire West will inevitably be a Muslim Caliphate, unless some magic Atheist Scientology-loving Technocratic force decides that such a thing is contrary to their own interests, or Vladmir Putin decides that our lives matter.
As Brad Pitt’s character explains in the last scene of Killing Them Softly, the United States is “just a business.”