Professor Marston & the Wonder Women Makes Kinky Cinema

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In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her “sexual perversity,” he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research — while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises.

Interestingly enough, Marston actually created the technology behind the lie detector which is still in use today. That idea shows up in the comic as well, but with a kinky twist: as a magic lasso that compels whoever’s ensnared to tell nothing but the truth (as Chris Pine’s character discovers in last summer’s smash film version of Wonder Woman).

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Last modified: October 12, 2017

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