Whoops; looks like Gal Gadot might have just made a boob of herself.
Unfortunately, in doing so, she appears to have perpetuated a long-standing fallacy about legendary female warriors the Amazons.
In the profile, writer Alex Morris says that Gadot “dispelled interweb gripes about the size of her bust with the pointed knowledge that, rather than having pinup proportions, Wonder Woman would historically have lopped off one of her breasts anyway.”
“I told them, ‘Listen, if you want to be for real, then the Amazons, they had only one boob. Exactly one boob. So what are you talking about here? Me having small boobs and small ass? That will make all the difference,’” Gadot is quoted as saying in the interview.
Which makes for an entertaining soundbite, to be sure — but also, apparently, a bit of fake boob news. At least, that’s the word from CNN, which in 2016 consulted with Stanford University historian Adrenne Mayor, author of “The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World,” to deflate certain myths regarding Amazons, including the one that Gadot appeared to have referenced.
Addressing the long-standing belief that Amazons cut off one breast so that they could operate a bow better, CNN noted, “This fake ‘fact’ has stuck like superglue for more than 2,500 years. It first surfaced in 490 BC when a patriotic Greek historian attempted to force a Greek meaning on the foreign word ‘Amazon.’ Because ‘mazon’ sounded something like the Greek word for ‘breast’ and ‘a’ meant ‘without,’ he claimed the name meant that the Amazons cut off one breast so they could draw a bow.”
However, CNN’s debunking continued, “Not only was his dodgy idea rejected by other Greeks of his day, but no ancient artist ever bought the notion — all Amazons in Greek and Roman art are double-breasted. And as any fan of ‘The Hunger Games’ knows, breasts do not hinder female archers.”
Ouch, Gal Gadot; looks like you might have been busted on this one.