Monday, April 03, 2006

This One's For Jerome

For those readers surprised at the assertion that Wonder Woman's creator, psychologist and lawyer William Moulton Marston, was into Bondage and Discipline and psychology of "DISC" theory...


Don't be shocked; he was a Harvard man.


Anonymous said...

What is "DISC" theory? And where do I sign up?

Anonymous said...

From the linked article:

"This ... is the one truly great contribution of my Wonder Woman strip to moral education of the young. The only hope for peace is to teach people who are full of pep and unbound force to enjoy being bound."

Wonder Woman - benign fascist. I have to admit, this would be an interesting direction to take her in.

Anonymous said...

DISC is an acronym for Dominance, Influence, Submission, and Compliance; it refers to the model of human emotional interaction developed by Marston.

Anonymous said...

So...what is the history on this theory?Just curious....honest....

Anonymous said...

You can find out about DiSC by going to

Anonymous said...

I can't stop thinking about this Marston stuff. And not just the spandex girls in bondage. WW, as imagined by her creator seems to be the total antithesis, and therefore natural archrival, of Batman.

Wonder Woman ties you up so that she can show you how to love.

Batman, the ultimate escape artist, leads an almost monastic, asexual lifestyle, whatever identification you want to ascribe to him.

Wonder Woman, the dominating mother surrogate has never raised children.

Cold unemotional Batman has been instrumental in raising, what, five? Six?

Both believe in bettering society by forcing their own will on it. WW through having double the number of "love organs"(?!?!). Batman through striking terror into the hearts of the superstitious and cowardly.

And most telling of all, each has a plane. Creepy.

Ragnell said...

Sounds like Batman is a better match for Wonder Woman than Superman.

Sleestak said...

"Safety Words" are for wusses.

Shon Richards said...

Not only is that a good way to tie someone's arms, but check out Diana's thighs trapping the legs there. That's just good technique.

I miss Bondage Wonder Woman. I feel like she had more direction than her more modern incarnations. When Bondage Wonder Woman got up in the morning, she knew what she wanted to do and how to do it. She never stood around in angst trying to figure out if it was all worth it. She knew you could fix anything if you had enough rope.

Original Wonder Woman would have re-educated Maxwell Lord and he would have thanked her afterwards.