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Amazon feminism is a branch of feminism that emphasizes female physical prowess as a means to achieve the goal of gender equality. Adherents are dedicated to the image of the female hero in fiction and as expressed in the physiques and feats of female athletes, martial artists and other powerfully built women in society, art and literature. Amazon feminists support the idea that characteristics relating to strength and power can be associated with both males and females. For amazon feminists having physical equality is the main focus.
Novelists and newspaper journalists frequently referred to members of the militant Suffragette movement, especially those who practiced physical culture and/or who engaged in violent forms of political protest, as "Amazons".
The origin of the term "Amazon feminism" can be traced to several sources, including Thomas Gramstad. Gramstad sought to combine Ayn Rand's unique depiction of heroism along with then-modern[when?] feminist ideology and Amazonian concepts. This was partly inspired by Lane and Worth's In Search of the Woman Warrior. In the early 1970s, Gloria Steinem drew attention to this concept with her praise of Wonder Woman as a feminist icon, and her criticism of DC Comics' decision in 1968 to change Wonder Woman's powers. Wonder Woman's famous equipment – her bullet-proof bracelets, lasso of truth, and ability to glide on wind currents – had been replaced with mere-mortal kung-fu. The year after Steinem generated attention toward this issue, DC reversed the changes and Wonder Woman's popularity with young female readers increased.
- Female bodybuilding
- Girl power
- Goddess movement
- Hawksian woman
- Lesbian utopia
- List of female action heroes
- List of women warriors in folklore
- List of superheroines
- Women in combat
- Women in piracy
- Women in war
- Wonder Woman
- "FEMINIST THEORY: Examining Branches of Feminism" (PDF).
- Gramstad, Thomas (1999). Gladstein, Mimi Reisel; Sciabarra, Chris Matthew, eds. 'The Female Hero: A Randian Feminist Synthesis' in Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand. Pennsylvania State University Press. Search this book on
- Red Light Series: Feminist Flavors - Amazon Feminism - Red Light Politics
- Women as Warriors in History, author Nicky Saunders' pages at Lothene Experimental Archaeology
- Real Knockouts, Feminista interview with author Martha McCaughey, at archive.org
- The Amazon Connection, Thomas Gramstad's site
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