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Wonder Woman and Body Issues

Wonder Woman has had one thing that has stayed the same throughout her entire career. Regardless of who was drawing the comic, Wonder Woman was always beautiful, at least in the eyes of her creators and the majority of her fan base. She’s always been shapely overall and top-heavy enough to fill her costume. Furthermore, those costumes have always been at least somewhat tight and/or revealing.

Is such a character really a great image for women to latch on to? This and other concerns about Wonder Woman, such as her weakness to being shackled by men, or her early departure from home for the love of a man, may have made her a problematic role model for some. Does her beauty make her better or worse as a role model? How is Wonder Woman different from, say, Xena/Lucy Lawless?

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