Arts & Entertainment
Wonder Woman and the difference between (gay) boys and girls
By Jason Michael
Originally printed 7/15/2004 (Issue 1229 - Between The Lines News)
I can remember it as clearly as if it had happened yesterday. I was standing on the arm of an overstuffed chair in my friend Judy's living room, twirling a tired piece of rope and pretending it to be my golden lasso. This was, of course, on a break from spinning myself silly on top of Judy's coffee table while trying to make my miraculous transformation from mere mortal to Wonder Woman. (Mind you, I didn't look a thing like Diana Prince, so how I expected I could be changed into her alter ego is proof of the innocence I did at one time possess!)
I recounted this story to a fascinating young woman several weeks ago. In the midst of interviewing her in her charming basement office at Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center, I saw some stunning photos of Lynda Carter ala the woman of wonder nestled into her window frame. Feeling it a safe space for such a confession, I poured my heart out to my interviewee and it was then and there and I learned the true difference between gay boys and girls.
I thought she'd share her own tale of spinning in circles until she was no longer able to stand, but alas I was rebuffed. "I didn't want to be Wonder Woman," she said, putting me in my place. "I wanted to date her. She was my first crush." A beam of sensational sunshine crept through that dusty old window just then and filled every crevice of her quaint office with light. Talk about a revelation! I get it now, I thought, the true difference between gay boys and girls. Gay boys want to be Wonder Woman, and gay girls just want to date her. I felt ready to tackle the meaning of life!
Wonder Woman has always been a revelation to me, which is why I was particularly pleased to see "Wonder Woman - The Complete First Season" ($39.98 from Warner Brothers Home Video) come across my desk for review. I tell ya, Princess Diana may have hailed from Paradise Island, and Diana Prince may have lived in Washington, D.C. But the true destination this series takes you to is Camp, Camp, Camp!
It really was a blast to revisit this favorite series from my childhood with eyes a couple of decades older. One thing is for certain, from the pilot movie that featured Cloris Leachman as the Queen of Paradise Island and Stella Stevens as a Nazi villain to a guest appearance by legendary cowboy Roy Rogers later in the season where his request that Wonder Woman wear more clothes resulted in the creation of her fabulous cowgirl pantsuit, this series just couldn't be gayer!
Mind you, I'm only 32 as of this writing, and my memories of the series are vague. I had forgotten, for instance, that the series initially took place during World War II. I had also forgotten that her love interest was played by Lyle Waggoner, a man I didn't find sexy in the 70s and still don't now. But one thing about the show still hasn't changed to me: it's just such fun!
Included in this set are several "wondrous extras," including commentary by Lynda Carter on the pilot movie and the new documentary "Beauty, Brawn and Bulletproof Bracelets: A Wonder Woman Retrospective." Finally, a little fact error (or false advertising, take your pick): season one only actually included the pilot movie (originally aired in November of 1975) and two one-hour shows aired in the spring of 1976. This set includes those and the 10 episodes from the 1976-1977 season, so you're actually getting the complete first and second seasons. All that and the secret of the true difference between gay boys and girls - what a bargain!