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Katha Pollitt examines Wonder Woman's kinky feminist roots by reading Jill Lepore's "hugely entertaining new book" The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Pollitt describes her creator William Moulton Marston as "equal parts genius, charlatan, and kinkster:"

Marston had a lot of help from his wife, Elizabeth Holloway (we have her to thank for "Suffering Sappho," "Great Hera," and other Amazonian expostulations), as well as from his former student Olive Byrne, with whom he and Holloway lived in a permanent ménage à trois that produced four children--two from each woman.

Pollitt notes that after Marston's death, Holloway and Byrne

...lived together happily for 43 more years, raising their children and working, Holloway for Metropolitan Life, Byrne, eventually, as [her aunt Margaret] Sanger's personal secretary. When they visited Sanger in Tucson, they slept in the same room. Perhaps they found their Paradise Island in the end.

I wonder (ha!) how Lepore's book compares with Tim Hanley's Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine from earlier this year.

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