Book Review: Invisible Airplane, Meet Glass Ceiling

by Rachel Baker on December 4, 2014

I got this book the day it came out, and have been slowly reading through it. Because of the “defiantly unhurried ease” at which the story is being told, I have not been able to get through the book at my usual speed. Its a little frustrating and I wish I was able to get through it faster.

That said, I’m finding the book incredibly interesting and very thought-provoking. When I put the book down after reading a few pages, I feel as if Jill Lepore appears to be a very meticulous writer who is trying help me understand my place in the world by connecting the dots of gender history by using my most favorite heroine in the world. I think if this was one of those books I picked up and read in a day and a half, there’d be a whole lot of important history I’d be missing.

I’ve been wanting to write a review of the book, but I’m a bit befuddled about how to put what I want to really say into words. In time, I will write more of my thoughts – probably after I read the last word. However, I found this review at Slate to share with you.

Read more: Invisible Airplane, Meet Glass Ceiling

Nerds of the nation, fair warning: Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman is not a straight-ahead history of the confounding, contradictory character of the comics, that Amazing Amazon in star-spangled hot pants who fancies herself a warrior for peace. (If that’s the book you’re looking for, Poindexter, maybe start with Les Daniels’ gorgeously designed if dully titled 2000 coffee-table tome, Wonder Woman: The Complete History.)

Instead, the “secret history” of Lepore’s title turns out to be the character’s pre-history. With a defiantly unhurried ease, Lepore reconstructs the prevailing cultural mood that birthed the idea of Wonder Woman, carefully delineating the conceptual debt the character owes to early-20th-century feminism in general and the birth control movement in particular.

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