The Amazons were not the first women created by the gods. That distinction belongs to Pandora, the first woman, the “Eve” of Greek mythology.
In his loneliness, Pygmalion carved an ivory statue of his perfect woman and named her Galatea. He showered the figure with delicate kisses and beautiful gifts and took her to his bed. One day, after he delivered a sacrifice to Aphrodite, the goddess granted the artist’s deepest desire and breathed life into the ivory form.
In Wonder Woman #1, a panel showing an Amazon woman beating back her abusers with broken chains to reclaim her personhood was indeed worth a thousand words. The image of the Amazons wielding the chains that imprisoned them as tools of their emancipation conjures suffrage era imagery. In 1908 Suffragette Edith New led a protest where several
Like all the Amazons, Queen Hippolyte enjoyed a bountiful life brimming with every happiness—save one. After centuries of personal development and self-actualization, and ruling over a thriving nation, her heart ached for a different kind of love. She longed for a child. Unfortunately, Aphrodite’s gender restrictions presented a significant impediment to motherhood—but that was okay
Bullets and Bracelets is, of course, one of Wonder Woman’s signature moves, combining her indestructible-yet-stylish jewelry and superhuman reflexes to defend against various phallic projectiles.
Margaret Sanger proposed that “woman free from sexual domination would produce a race spiritually free and strong enough to break the last of the bonds of intellectual darkness.” The Amazons of Paradise Island epitomize this idea.
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