Saturday, July 3, 2010

Leave Wonder Woman the Hell Alone!

You pick: Lynda Carter (left) or Miss 2000s All-Business Wonder Woman

There are some things that just shouldn't be messed with and Wonder Woman's costume is one of them. On Lynda Carter, the blue star-studded short-shorts, the red and gold bustier and the little princess crown created (along with Ms. Carter's amplitude and tiny waist) a wet dream for every adolescent American boy of the age.

Now, she's wearing black pants and looking all 2000s, a Type-A professional woman with the sex appeal of an open laptop case. It's not so much Wonder Woman these days as it is Wonder, Woman? We're confusing roles here. Wonder Woman is a sex symbol, one with power and authority to be sure, but pure sex when Lynda Carter pulls (pulled, since she's probably near 70 now) on the shorts.

Writer Michael Straczynski explains it this way on Huffington Post, "She's been locked into pretty much the exact same outfit since her debut in 1941. If you're going to make a statement about bringing Wonder Woman into the 21st century, you need to be bold and you need to make it visual. I wanted to toughen her up, and give her a modern sensibility." Why, Michael, does Wonder Woman need to be brought into the 21st century? A poll says 56 percent of those responding don't like the change. Bet they're all men.

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