Lynda Carter is tired of the Wonder Woman slander.
The 65-year-old actress starred as the lasso-slinging superhero in an eponymous TV show, so she seemed thrilled when the United Nations made Wonder Woman an honorary spokeswoman in October. The UN revoked the iconic character's title in December after being pressured by a petition from "concerned United Nations staff members."
The petition's creators argued that Wonder Woman is too sexy to be an ambassador, but Carter is calling BS on that characterization of the equality-seeking superhero.
In an interview with The Columbus Dispatch, Carter said that Wonder Woman's sexiness doesn't negate her role as a feminist icon.
"She's an iconic defender; she's archetypal," Carter said. "It's the ultimate sexist thing to say that’s all you can see, when you think about Wonder Woman, all you can think about is a sex object."
The "Supergirl" actress said that Wonder Woman has been frequently subjected to sexism. For instance, Wonder Woman is held to sexist double standards about her costume, which is a form-fitting bodysuit.
"Superman had a skintight outfit that showed every little ripple, didn't he?" she asked the interviewer. "Doesn't he have a great big bulge in his crotch? Hello! So why don't they complain about that?"
Carter is frustrated by the attempt to box Wonder Woman in. She said the character represents so much more than how she's portrayed.
After all, Wonder Woman is a queer superhero who uses her strength to fight for justice.
"I never really thought of Wonder Woman as a super-racy character," Carter said. "She wasn't out there being predatory. She was saying: 'You have a problem with a strong woman? I am who I am; get over it.' I never played her as mousy. I played her being for women, not against men. For fair play and fair pay."
Even now, Carter argues that Wonder Woman is more than just a comic book hero or Halloween favorite.
"I still have women at airports coming up to me saying: 'Oh, you don’t know what it meant to me. That show got me through this difficult time, that difficult time,'" she said. "...And I'll tell you this, when women recognize me in airports, I hold them in my arms and they cry."
As Carter prepares to pass the lasso to Gal Gadot for the "Wonder Woman" movie, here's hoping reductive conversations about what a feminist hero *should* wear will end.
Wonder Woman would have it no other way.