William Moulton Marston, a Harvard trained psychologist, is often cited as being the inventor of the first rudimentary polygraph which John Larsen later modified. He’s also famous for being the creator of Wonder Woman and living in a polygamous relationship with two apparently satisfied women.
Marston was a staunch feminist with interesting ideas about matriachy
Though Marston had described female nature as submissive, in other writings and interviews he referred to submission to women as a noble and potentially world-saving practice, leading ideally to the establishment of a matriarchy, and did not shy away from the sexual implications of this:
- “The only hope for peace is to teach people who are full of pep and unbound force to enjoy being bound … Only when the control of self by others is more pleasant than the unbound assertion of self in human relationships can we hope for a stable, peaceful human society. … Giving to others, being controlled by them, submitting to other people cannot possibly be enjoyable without a strong erotic element”.
About male readers, he later wrote: “Give them an alluring woman stronger than themselves to submit to, and they’ll be proud to become her willing slaves!
(I like a man who can stand up for himself but I also like a tussle over who’s really in charge :-))