As part of the mainstream media deluge of stories about Wonder Woman's recent costume change, Associated Press reporter Jocelyn Noveck sought out a reaction from Steinem, so I figured I should quote it here, in the interest of keeping up with the Gloria Steinem-talking-about-Wonder Woman beat. You can read Noveck's entire AP article, headlined "Wonder Woman's new duds spark interdimensional ire," here.
Here is the Steinem section:
Adding pants, Steinem said in an e-mail message, "gives us the idea that only pants can be powerful — tell that to Greek warriors and Sumo wrestlers." Besides, she added, "in fact, they're so tight that they've just painted her legs blue; hardly a cover-up."
But Steinem isn't too upset with the clothes. It's the story change she really dislikes. Before, Wonder Woman had been raised on an island by her Amazon mother and sisters. Now, that island was destroyed when she was a baby, and she was shepherded off, to be raised elsewhere.
"It's an exact copy of Superman who came as a baby from the exploding planet Krypton," Steinem noted. "This destroys her home, her Amazon mother and sisters, and gives her no place to go to gain strength and create an inspiring storyline."
The whole thing, she added, is based on "what seems to be the brainstorming of a very limited group of brains."