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Why Wonder Woman Was Always Wonderful …
August 4, 2017, 6:15 am
Filed under: Attitude & Aptitude, Comment, Culture, Empathy, Insight, Women

So as we all know, the recent movie ‘Wonder Woman’ was a massive success.

What is even more gratifying is that it was a movie that studios had resisted making for years – thinking it would never be popular.

Now I am sure if you were to ask them what those reasons were, they would have many – but I’m also sure that if you were to hear them, the overwhelming reasons we’d determine from their answers would be sexism and prejudice.

But this isn’t about the movie, it’s about the 70’s TV show.

OK, so there might be people who come on here who have no idea what I’m talking about, but decades ago, Wonder Woman was a TV show staring Lynda Carter.

While I remember it, I don’t remember much about it other than it was different to the usual 70’s superhero TV shows of Batman and The Six Million Dollar Man.

But here’s the thing, while I categorise it as a classic ‘entertainment’ show from my childhood, a recent interview with Lynda Carter makes me realise it was so much more.

Not that long ago I met someone who asked what my earliest memories about black people on television were.

When I thought about it … it was Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch and the adopted brothers from the show Different Strokes. As soon as I said it, I realised the significance. My frame of reference for any black person on television during my formative years was a guy on the edge of society and 2 kids ‘saved’ by a rich, white person.

Fuck, that’s horrible.

But imagine how it must have felt if you were a black kid in the 70’s.

Fortunately I grew up with parents who would never let me get seduced by those media stereotypes – not to mention a diverse group of friends who made sure I would never define someone by their colour or gender – but I know not everyone is like that.

Which leads back to Lynda Carter and Wonder Woman.

While all the plaudits for female empowerment are going to the recent movie, the fact is the star of the original TV show was endeavoring to do that decades ago.

While the significance of her actions may have passed me by, I imagine if you were a little girl in the 70’s watching it, it didn’t.

Having a show about a ‘super woman’ must have been good in itself, but having a show where the lead actress approached her role by saying, “… she didn’t have any particularly super X-Ray vision or anything, she just wasn’t going to put up with anything from anybody” must have been absolutely empowering and inspiring.

Seriously, when I read that, I wanted to stand up and cheer

Role models are vital.

Not just for ‘minorities’ to feel heard and valued, but for the majority to not allow prejudices to be nurtured.

So while society may be focusing on the empowering actions of The Spice Girls, Cindy Gallop, Gal Gadot or Emma Watson … it’s worth remembering and celebrating the original Wonder Woman – literally and metaphorically – Lynda Carter.

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Comment by Billy Whizz

you fucking cock.

Comment by andy@cynic

You’re not helping anyone with that comment Billy.

Comment by Mary Bryant

can you stop writing posts that im finding interesting, its totally fucking up my pisstaking.

Comment by andy@cynic

interesting is different to liking so dont get too fucking excited.

Comment by andy@cynic

It’s still a compliment – whatever way you look at it.

Comment by Rob

and for the record, cindy gallop is not a role model, she says men are shit where wonder woman says woman are the fucking shit. big fucking difference.

Comment by andy@cynic

Well said Andrew. The cause Cindy Gallop is fighting for us a good one. The way she is doing it is not.

Comment by Mary Bryant

Was I the only one whose eye was drawn to the revealtion that “the revamped third season – wherein Wonder Woman moved to LA and got an entirely new supporting cast – killled the show …” ?

Comment by John

no. but everyone knows la does that to you. except for campbell who is doing the fucking killing.

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Comment by Rob

Thank you for this Robert.
All families should read this.

Comment by Mary Bryant

but only this post. not the rest of his blog shit.

Comment by andy@cynic

Excellent post
Funny how being the parent of a football playing, karate chopping little girl who also loves party dresses colours my view on this
For the record well done to Star Wars for Rey and Finn

Comment by Northern

Yes … Rey and Finn are great characters and role models. That said, I still find the Lynda Carter stuff even more amazing given she was doing that in the dark times of media stereotype propaganda.

Comment by Rob

Not as cool as Colonel Wilma Deering. Princess Leia was pretty cool as the time, but I take your point

Comment by northern

Way to destroy all my 70 and 80s TV memories.

Comment by DH

Pete will like this post, he became a father to a little girl last night. They’re all doing well. Great post Robert.

Comment by George

Hugs and kisses to Pete and Sarah. Have they chosen a name yet for their little girlr?

Comment by Jemma King

best fucking thing hes ever done. nice work.

Comment by andy@cynic

Yessssssss. Congratulations all of you.

Comment by Rob

Such wonderful news. Congratulations Sarah, Pete and your gorgeous little girl.

Comment by Mary Bryant

Congrats Pete.

Comment by DH

Congrats Pete.

Comment by Bazza

Love WW.

Comment by Jemma King

Another wonderful read Robert. Role models have an important role in society but I worry it has become more about popularity than acts worthy of inspiration.

I would also like to congratulate Pete and his wife on the birth of his daughter. What fantastic news.

Comment by Lee Hill

I wonder if she told any of the TV execs that was how she was going to play it. I’m guessing she didn’t.

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Comment by tlumaczprzysieglyuk

[…] Of course parents have a big role to play in managing the environment their children play in, but at a time where the World is finally waking up to fighting the prejudice, oppression and stereotypes women have had to face for centuries, it becomes increasingly difficult to achieve this when the World they are surrounded by continues to push an agenda of compliance … especially when they’re titles supposedly designed for the betterment of young women. […]

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