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Personally, I was always bothered by the fact that Wonder Woman, Amazon warrior, diplomat, etc was dressed in a US flag bikini. It just didn't make any sense to me. They can go on about the fact that it's traditional Themiscyran (sp?) designs all they want, but I always found it so jarring to see a Miss America outfit on Amazon warrior princess as designed by the Greek Pantheon.
Well, let's say *you're* an emissary from the world's only super-advanced matriarchal society, and you're showing up in the midst of WWII to tell all of mankind — and America especially — that they're Doing It Wrong. How do you keep from getting immediately vilified? Dress like their goddamn flag. It's a brilliant propaganda move.
If I remember right, the Perez run explained that the costume, and even Diana's name, was given to honor the only other outsider that crash-landed on Paradise Island--a female US pilot named Diana Trevor who helped the Amazons fight some sort of mystical baddie and was killed in the struggle.
That actually makes a lot of sense - more than any explanation I've ever seen in comics.
And, sensible as it is, nothing like that is ever going to see print precisely because of the cynical view it takes.
I'd love to see you write a book about what you see as the subtext and roots of Wonder Woman. Hell, now that you mention it, that sounds fascinating to me too, especially if it was all turned on its ear. Go back to the guy who created the character — a psychologist living in a polyamorous relationship in the '40s, who invented the precursor to the lie-detector and thought "the only hope for peace is to teach people who are full of pep and unbound force to enjoy being bound" — and put all that stuff on the surface, rather than trying to make her into something wholesome and family-friendly. Wonder Woman with a whip and stilletos.