And I say, "I'm sorry. I think you must be mistaking me for someone else. The only woman in dominatrix gear I've ever encountered is Wonder Woman."
Sadly, when I first encountered her, Diana Prince had dumped the "role-playing" gear and was wearing far more sensible clothes, having already entered her Emma Peel phase.
And so it is that issue #203 finds her minding her own business, beating up men in the street, when she gets offered a job promoting a department store.
Sadly it turns out the owner's not a feminist and is therefore evil. He's underpaying his all-female workforce and doesn't even have an adequate sprinkler system.
Needless to say, Wonder Woman won't stand for shenanigans like not having a legally required sprinkler system and soon gives him and his men the good slapping he deserves.
Wonder Woman #203's so right-on it comes across like a send-up as Wonder Woman learns a valuable lesson in what it really means to be a women's libber, and a male chauvinist pig's put in his place by women from the local community centre. I wish I could claim all this social relevance makes it a great and stirring strip but it just feels ridiculous, with just about every line of dialogue from a female mouth being socially relevant and just about every line from a male mouth being proof of what creeps men are.
It also has to be said Wonder Woman comes across as a total blockhead, at first refusing to believe her new employer's a wrong 'un, purely because she likes the money he's paying her.
To make things worse, we even get the bizarre spectacle of her declaring at one point that she doesn't like women.
Clearly the tale's doing its best to tackle important issues of the day but that doesn't change the fact it's complete and total pants.
The truth is I don't want to see Wonder Woman dealing with department store managers who don't have sprinkler systems. I want to see her punching super-villains in the face.
It could be that I'm just an old dinosaur who hasn't yet caught up with the 1970s - but clearly I'm not alone in this as, just one issue later, she'll be back in costume, hanging around with Amazons and flying around in an invisible plane.
Granted, she'll also be up against people like Dr Domino, who has to be one of the most ridiculous villains in comic book history, but what can you do?
|Yeah! In the gut, big boy!|