Friday, August 10, 2007

One more for Wonder Woman

You just can't beat Wonder Woman. You shouldn't even try.

The guy who created Wonder Woman has a very interesting back story:



You should read it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Moulton_Marston

He invented the lie detector, and WW had a rope that when she tied you up with it, made you tell the truth. In the early days, women being tied up for just about any reason was a staple of the series, to an almost disturbing degree. Read what you want to into that.

Here's an interesting quote from WMM: "The only hope for peace is to teach people who are full of pep and unbound force to enjoy being bound ... Only when the control of self by others is more pleasant than the unbound assertion of self in human relationships can we hope for a stable, peaceful human society. ... .

Update: Apparently, Rudy Giuliani is a fan of Wonder Woman. In 1994, he said:

"Freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do."

1 comment:

Bruce said...

My favorite part about his story is when he offers his services to the FBI for their as-yet-unchartered "Truth Bureau" (this is from his FBI file). He sent his CV and a copy of "The Lie Detector Test" to the FBI for review, and wrote a letter directly to the FDR offering his services. They were naturally suspicious of the dynamic crackpot, no less after he tried to set up a payola scheme with Gilette Razors. One local agent in Detroit wrote by hand on one of the memos, "I always thought this fellow Marsten was a phoney, and this proves it."

Fascinating, at any rate.