So, did I like the movie Wonder Woman? You betcha. But there is a lot more to say about it! Fortunately, I was invited to join Jackie Hendry on SDPB's radio program In the Moment to talk about the summer blockbuster and the history of the character.
Wonder Woman has been the subject of scrutiny since her comic book debut in 1941, from her costume to her feminism. So how does this summer's movie match up to the character's origins? Sara Lampert is assistant professor of history and coordinator of the women, gender and sexuality studies program at the University of South Dakota. She spoke with her former student, SDPB's Jackie Hendry, about the movie's relationship with history and gender politics.
Visit http://listen.sdpb.org/post/moment-thoughts-wonder-woman to list to the program. There's also an extended cut from the interview. And don't miss Jackie Hendry's fantastic interview with Vince Schilling of Indian Country Media Network about Native American representation in the film.
If you want to learn more about this fascinating character and her history, pick up a copy of historian Jill Lepore's The Secret History of Wonder Woman (2014), which explores the work of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston, and his partners and inspiration Elizabeth Holloway and Olive Byrne.