Wonder Woman is bad-ass, but here's why I love Etta Candy even more #Pop Culture#body image#comics#feminism#geeky#movies#plus size#self esteem June 6 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Etta Candy: winning our hearts forever | Art by H.G. Peter Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? If not, get thee to a theater and enjoy some of the best ripped-women-kicking ass you've seen in ages. The amount of time I've spent re-imagining that island battle scene as a full two-hour flick… sigh. More warrior princess Robin Wright scenes please. But I digress… I'm not here today to talk of Diana, Amazonian demigod of our dreams, but rather, plus size winner of our hearts, Etta Candy. Related Post How do you get into reading comic books? I've been thinking about reading comic books (or graphic novels? Are they different?) for a while, but I just don't know where to start. Can... Read more If you're unfamiliar with the Wonder Woman universe, Etta was introduced one issue after Wonder Woman's debut in 1942. She spouted amazing catchphrases like "Woo! woo!" and "For the love of chocolate," and unapologetically loved candy… and herself. Wait, what? Yep, she was bad-ass AND she knew it. She kicked so much ass alongside Wonder Woman and without any of the innate superpowers. She went through a few iterations in the comics: changing races, changing sizes often, and even changing her own view of her plus size body, sadly. But for the most part, her true character was someone who was big, bold, adorable, and loved her damn self thankyouverymuch. Here's why Etta Candy is the hero we need AND deserve… Etta finds some gorgeous babes… just like she is. She has self-love As we love her, she loves herself. She is confident, knows that she is attractive, and isn't afraid to express her interest in whomever she found cute, Steve Trevor included. In one plot line, she swapped bodies with Wonder Woman, only to decide that she preferred her own. She was made an honorary Amazon by the women of Themyscira, as herself, natch. She even celebrated a birthday with an all-candy 16-course meal. Fuck yes she did! Own it, girl. Etta holds her own in Man's World Etta lives in 1940s London (at least in the Golden Age era), so she's at a disadvantage by just being a woman. In the comics, she's quick to make herself known on the front lines, which I'm hoping will happen in later films. But in the meantime, she worked the back channels to get shit done and clearly holds a lot of power as Steve's assistant (and eventual wife in the comics). When it came to men in general, she took no guff. She didn't give in to pressure to eat less, told them off when necessary, and even punched out her fiance who turned out to be a Nazi in disguise. Beating the shit out of Nazis, one box of candy at a time She fought Nazis Many of Etta's best story lines took place in the 1940s, which makes it even more amazing that she was able to pull off such killer feminist plotlines and character traits. But it also means that World War II was taking place. In Wonder Woman #3 (1943), Etta literally saves all the children and Wonder Woman from a concentration camp. She distracted Japanese spies, allowed herself to be captured to let Wonder Woman beat up the baddies, and once deflected a bullet with a box of candy alone. Who needs magical gauntlets when your signature sweet is around? Lucy Davis as Etta Candy in Wonder Woman (2017) — yep, that's Dawn from The Office! Etta isn't intimidated by Wonder Woman Related Post How I used existentialism to become body positive I'm a body positive activist and plus-size model, and people ask me daily for advice on how to become comfortable with themselves. My approach to... Read more AND she often fought without her. In the new movie, Lucy Davis' Etta makes a slight reference to Diana being the most beautiful woman in the room, but ultimately doesn't seem at all threatened by her tall and brawny gorgeousness. This is right in line with classic Etta: she isn't intimidated by Diana or by anyone else for that matter. She fights alongside her and also alone often, because that's just how she rolls. She stopped burglaries in London, rescued Diana A LOT, led armies of other women into battle against the Nazis, sometimes armed only with a box of candy. Tell me that's not the superpower you want. Etta is just an overall sparkplug Starting in 1949 (during the Silver and Bronze age of comics), Etta's character took a turn with a new writer that made her more insecure with her body and thus less empowering. I'll always embrace her best version, though: the agitating, independent, takes-no-shit and no body shaming, Nazi punching Etta Candy. Although we don't have tons of proof yet, it seems as if the 2017 version of Wonder Woman will bring back a version of the spunkier, self-loving version of Etta we all crave. If director Patty Jenkins remains on board to lead the effort, I think we'll be in good hands. Feminism and the beauty industry If you've been reading Offbeat Home for a while, y'all probably know and love Roxie Hunt (the How to Hair Girl) for her hair tutorials, and her armpit hair revolution.… Read More Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS How to survive your "sleep on that third shift" life NEXT The sacred jack-off: taking masturbation to a whole new weird level Show/Hide comments [ 1 ] "Well sure. How else will we get the vote?" Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.