Wonder Woman's Into Women?
By Katie Golway
It seems strange how people are astonished that relationships between women exist within an island populated entirely by them. In the Wonder Woman comic books, the Island of Themyscira’s sole citizens are warrior women known as Amazons. The Island flourishes without the addition of men – procreation included.
Wonder Woman, also known as Diana of Themyscira or Diana Prince to the mortals, was born of her original writer’s polyamorous relationship. He lived with his wife and girlfriend, who carried on their relationship after his death. She embodies sexual fluidity because that is her origin. Diana’s character has progressed and grown with the modern world. Recent comics explore her relationship with other woman, such as Kaisa, answering a question that ultimately did not need to be asked.
Diana’s primary writer confirmed her sexuality in 2016 with the rise of the new film. The plot of the movie does skew some of Diana’s original story, which in my mind detracted somewhat from the themes of women’s independence. In the comics, Diana’s mother brought her to life with clay because she yearned for a child. In the movie, she was conceived as mortals are. It seems I am splitting hairs, but it calls into question how the Amazon lineage remained prosperous.
The movie also does not directly address Diana’s sexuality. She states only once, “When it comes to procreation, men are essential, but for pleasure, not necessary.” What follows is an awkward exchange regarding Steve Trevor’s anatomy that ultimately did nothing for the plot. The subject is not brought up again.
The writers and various media publications insist that it is obvious that Diana is bisexual, but neglecting the subject in modern film makes the statement condescending. The entire spectrum of entertainment should address representation for the sake of consistency. Simply stating that Diana is “clearly” bisexual is dangerous when there is a lack of evidence to support it. Seeing same sex relationships in a more obscure creative outlet like comic books as opposed to movies is also sending a false message. There are certain expectations for the media when it comes to representation. Portraying characters without consistency is like a tease. It implies that there still needs to be some silence when it comes to love. Diana of Themyscira is above that. She says it best herself, “It's not about deserve, it's about what you believe. And I believe in love.”