Ahuitzotl was a tlatoani (‘speaker’) of the city
of Tenochtitlan, and the eighth ruler of the Aztec Empire. This emperor reigned
from 1486 AD to 1502 AD, a period which is regarded by some modern historians
as the Aztec Golden Age. It was during Ahuitzotl’s reign that the Aztecs Empire
was expanded to its greatest territorial extent and consolidated. In addition,
huge building projects were undertaken. This Golden Age, however, did not last
for very long, and ended following Ahuitzotl’s death. The emperor was succeeded
by his nephew, Moctezuma II, who is perhaps best remembered as the last
independent Aztec ruler before the empire’s conquest by the Spanish.
Suffering Sappho– it’s Golden Age Wonder Woman! I recently finished the delightful and surprising The Secret History of Wonder Woman, which got me interested in the (often bizarre) early comic book. Definitely worth a read.
I know a lot of people like to snicker and snark about all the weird bondage in the early Wonder Woman comics by her eccentric co-creator, William Moulton Marston. And sure, it gets really weird sometimes.
But if you just dismiss all the bondage as Marston’s personal kinky fetish or whatever, you are kind of missing the bigger picture: As often as Wonder Woman is bound, the point is just as much to show her powerfully breaking free of her bonds — which is a clear metaphor for defying societal limitations on women. This is also why Wonder Woman is frequently shown trying to teach other women how to break free.
Meanwhile, Wonder Woman’s own method of binding people, the Golden Lasso — literally, binding people with the truth — is unbreakable.
These are really powerful allegories that make the character who she is.
Sure, it got weird and a little uncomfortable sometimes. But the more people write it off as Marston’s embarrassing kink, the more they miss the point that Wonder Woman is meant to break the shackles of oppression.