Extrapolation

Femininjustice

Female Justice as Monstrous in Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia

Extrapolation (2019), 60, (2), 157–182.


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Since the death of her creator, Wonder Woman’s heroic authority has vacillated according to the prejudices of her writers and each era’s response to the feminist agenda. This article explores the issue of her authority, focusing specifically on Greg Rucka and J. G. Jones’s graphic novel Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia (2002) and shows that the problem is paralleled in the situations of other women who are involved in the Western justice system: that outdated gender norms maintained in current penal and judicial processes demand hyper-femininity from women and monsterize those who perform aggressive masculinity, so that justice-by-woman is not accorded the legitimacy of justice-by-man.

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Donaldson, Eileen