Suck it, Steinem! Wonder Woman wears pants
Many female-oriented blogs are abuzz over a new costume for Wonder Woman that includes, among other changes, pants. Here’s what the ladies at Disgrasian (http://disgrasian.com/2010/06/wonder-woman-finally-gets-a-pair-of-pants/) had to say.
[After 69 years, Wonder Woman’s getting a sartorial makeover for her 600th issue–and also, apparently, a re-imagining of her origin story. And while it’s about time the feminist icon, who once graced the cover of Ms. magazine, got herself a pair of pants, it’s kinda weird to see her in pants, you know?]
I would agree, except this isn’t the first time Wonder Woman has been re-imagined with pants on. For a few years at the start of the 1970’s, The « new » Wonder Woman gave up her princess powers, learned martial art, shot down commies with machine guns, and wore pants. Why didn’t that last?
Per Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publication_history_of_Wonder_Woman#The_Diana_Prince_era_and_the_Bronze_Age)
[Wonder Woman’s powers and traditional costume were restored in issue #204 (Jan-February 1973). Gloria Steinem, who grew up reading Wonder Woman comics, was a key player in the restoration. Steinem, offended that the most famous female superheroine had been depowered, placed Wonder Woman (in costume) on the cover of the first issue of Ms. (1972)—Warner Communications, DC Comics’ owner, was an investor—which also contained an appreciative essay about the character. The costume used on the cover of Ms. was very much like the Silver Age version of the costume, but in one way it was unlike anything that the character had worn before. […] Steinem’s version wore what was essentially the bottom half of a bathing suit. Steinem’s new extra-short pants were adopted in issue #204 when the costume returned.]
Yes, noted feminist Gloria Steinem (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Steinem) not only led Wonder Woman back to her old look, but she put her in an even skimpier costume, which debuted on the first cover of Ms. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Steinem) magazine, the same one mentioned by Disgrasian. That is some sweet, sweet irony.