Diminished Power: The Fall of Wonder Woman


One of the most recognized characters that has become a part of the pantheon of pop-culture is Wonder Woman. Ever since she debuted in 1941, Wonder Woman has been established as one of the most familiar feminist icons today. However, one of the issues that this paper contends is that this her categorization as a feminist icon is incorrect, and that she should rather be seen as a post-feminist symbol rather than one for feminism. This question of her status is important when taking into account the recent position that Wonder Woman has taken in the DC Comics Universe. Ever since it had been decided to reset the status quo of the characters from DC Comics in 2011, the character has suffered the most from the changes made. No longer can Wonder Woman be seen as the same independent heroine as before, instead she has become diminished in status and stature thanks to the revamp on her character. This paper analyzes and discusses the diminishing power base of the character of Wonder Woman, shifting the dynamic of being a representative of post-feminism to essentially becoming a run-of-the-mill heroine.

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Ahmed Bhuiyan, Independent Researcher, Bangladesh

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Conference: ACAH2015
Stream: Humanities - Literature/Literary Studies*

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