Wonder Woman's appeal beyond popular culture can be attributed in part to her survival, often her flourishing, in a medium predisposed to male homosocial codes and activities.Princess Diana's background, as opposed to her secret American identity as Diana Prince, implied the broader cultural politics of a matriarchal society without men, while having allowed discreet glimpses of lesbian and women's homosocial culture long before such views could be publicly and legally acknowledged.But Wonder Woman's heterosexual inclinations also come into play in her affections for Steve Trevor, a narrative sideline that further facilitates her entry to and respect from the mainstream Western culture while helping to integrate the backdrop of her alternative sexual choices into a young person's spectrum of acceptable cultural lifestyles.

And my sense is that Barnard is not an exception to the rule in this regard—many women’s colleges offer equally impressive resources, initiatives, and opportunities.

Plus, for some reason, our student body president, club leaders, and valedictorian are always women. Top that all off with engaged, engaging, curious, brilliant, and ambitious classmates, and you’ve got a recipe for success that makes those crazy statistics seem like more of a foregone conclusion than a mathematical fluke.

And this despite that she wears, what New York Times writer Vanessa Friedman dissed, 'a bathing suit'.

That's -- the making of new myths -- especially those myths that are reflective of the generations and cultures of the day.

I will return to this point at the end of this post, but keeping it in mind may help to resonate the other strains of thought passed through on the way. Or perhaps we should say that she is 75-going on-2,500.

And that is on the young side of the guestimate, given that Princess Diana's origins are premised on a partly mythological, partly historical race of Scythian Amazon warriors dating to at least 500 BCE.

There are things that I love and things that could be better.

Unless you catch me in the middle of finals, I can confidently say that there are more things that I love than not. As a Barnard student, I have the unique advantage of enjoying the best of both worlds – I attend a women’s college within a larger co-ed university, which means that I take classes at and participate in clubs and organizations at both Columbia and Barnard – so I feel qualified to defend the women’s college experience, without stipulating its infallibility. I’ve learned that, instead of asking a series of (moderately offensive) questions, it’s worth doing the research to check it out firsthand.

” And, of course, the concise but far-reaching: “Why?

I don’t claim to speak from every student’s perspective, but I will try to answer why, from my experience, women’s colleges are viable institutions.

If you’re looking for a lesbian enclave or a completely hetero-normative experience, you’re looking in the wrong place.