Because I'm a dude, there are some things that I am just not going to be able to figure out for myself, so I love it when someone like Jennifer de Guzman points out and explains to me an attraction for women of a character like Wonder Woman that I hadn't considered before.
In a follow up to her Robot 6 post about why she liked Wonder Woman as a child, Jennifer talked on her LiveJournal about why the character (and characters like her) still resonate and why physical empowerment fantasies are possibly even more attractive to women than to men.
As women, we are nearly constantly aware of physical threats. And those threats often are of being violated sexually. When I used to go to campus for night classes and people warned me to "be careful," what they were saying was, essentially, "avoid getting raped."That makes so much sense I'm ashamed I never thought of it, at least not in those terms. I've been operating under the hypothesis that the attraction of Wonder Woman for women has a lot to do with confidence (and argued that that also makes her attractive to men - or at least to men like me), but Jennifer's thoughts go deeper than that and explore at least one of the reasons why Wonder Woman can afford to be so confident. She's gorgeous and she can damn well take care of herself.
Now, what if, what if, as a woman, you could walk around, be sexually attractive and not have to feel threatened? What if all the rage you feel about women being victimized and brutalized could be channeled into pure, righteous ass-kicking? And, because you're a woman, you could possibly do that ass-kicking without being seen as a testosterone Steven-Seagal-esque meathead.