The character suits the times … not just because of the fights she fights, but also because of one of the weapons she uses to fight them: the Lariat of Hestia, otherwise known as the Golden Lasso, otherwise known as the Lasso of Truth. The device was forged of the chain mail worn by Diana’s mother, the warrior queen; if someone finds themselves ensnared within the lasso’s golden grip—as Steve learns in the new Wonder Woman—that person will be compelled to tell the truth. The lasso features prominently in the director Patty Jenkins’s film, as both a weapon and a tactic: In it, Diana uses the glimmering device repeatedly to whip, to entrap, to win. Most of all, though, she uses it for precisely the purpose its name suggests: to force people, usually against their will, to admit to reality.
Keep reading here, as Megan unpacks the history behind Wonder Woman’s creation and what makes the character relevant today. And read Maya Rupert’s essay on imagining a black Wonder Woman.
What Do You Know?
1. All but ____________ of the 40 or so species of cormorants in the world are able to fly.
I was speechless after reading Tizon’s article because I realized my family also had a slave.
She wasn’t “Lola,” though, she was “Ate”: the Tagalog word for “older sister.” … She cleaned, and she worked in my family’s assisted-living homes. She didn’t go outside very often. During family vacations, she would stay behind and care for the house. Thankfully, my parents did not beat her, and rarely scolded her. Ate also had her own room, had her own laptop, and was free to do what she wanted on her own time. She was almost another member of the family, but I could never acknowledge her existence outside my home.
Happy birthday to Irene (a year younger than TV remotes), Judy (the same age as the first commercial nuclear power plant), Janice (twice the age of Wikipedia), and Sharon (who turned 18 around the time of the first NASA spacewalk). From Susan, happy 18th birthday to her granddaughter Nadira, who’s part of the first generation that’s never lived in a world without Google. And from Barbara, happy 80th birthday to her father John, who was born around the same time as a total solar eclipse.
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