Wonder Woman

981 Words Feb 27th, 2015 4 Pages
15 October 2014
Wonder Woman Children always looking for a positive role model to have, and many end up choosing superheroes they see in their favorite comic books or ones they have seen in the media. Since children are so easily affected by things they see in their childhood, having discriminatory elements in these influential characters may be problematic. “The Wonder Woman Precedent: Female (Super) Heroism on Trial” written by Julie D. O’Reilly, was published in the Journal of American Culture in 2005. O’Reilly is a professor of communication and women and gender at Heidelberg University. In “The Wonder Woman Precedent”, she writes about the hardships that female superheroes in the media must face that male superheroes do not go
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To some, wonder woman is regarded as a feminist icon. However, O’Reilly does not believe so because of the submissive themes that her creator included in the comics.
Though Wonder Woman is one of the most popular female superheroes who seemed to be equal to her male counterparts, she had to demonstrate if she was worthy enough to become a superhero through set trials. Wonder Woman was not born into her title; she had to earn it unlike all the male superheroes that came before and after her. Born Princess Diana from the Amazon, she had to compete in a series of extremely difficult physical trials and once she proved her worth in a final life or death challenge, the title of “Wonder Woman” was bestowed upon her. O’Reilly gives multiple examples in her article about the differences male and female superheroes have. For instance, the popular Superman comics came out a few years earlier. Clark Kent’s choice to fight crime was never questioned or challenged. He did not have to prove his abilities to a higher authority in order to become a superhero. He simply chose to wear a cape and enforce justice. O’Reilly explains, “…The resolution of heroic trials, in their various forms, differs significantly