Article From Chatelaine on MSN below (in black)
Yes, Wonder Woman is queer
LGBTQ2SA characters have always quietly kicked ass in the comic world — take Batwoman or Iceman or even Jughead. As of yesterday, fans could add Wonder Woman (a.k.a. Diana of Themyscira) to that canon. In an interview with the comic-news site Comicosity, Greg Rucka — the writer currently spearheading Wonder Woman’s solo series — went on the record about the sexuality of one of DC Comics’ leading ladies.
“Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As [series artist] Nicola [Scott] and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes,” Rucka said, perhaps flicking at the long-acknowledged queer subtext in WW’s Amazonian homeland. Rucka’s revelation, even in reference to a fictional superhero, is nonetheless a heartening sign of how pop culture can influence — and is influenced by — increasingly open discussions around non-binary sexuality. (Outside of the comic world, Baby-sitters Club author Ann M. Martin‘s previous same-sex partnership was recently revealed in an interview with Vulture, and writers of the forthcoming Xena: Warrior Princess reboot have hinted that the queerness of its protagonist may figure more prominently in her new series.)
Rucka went onto explain that the term “gay” doesn’t quite fit Wonder Woman, either: “[The Amazon homeland]’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women.
But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, ‘You’re gay.’ They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist.” So there you have it: Love is love, even in the realm of superheroes.’
Does this need to be told about Wonder Woman or any other characters? I am wondering if it helps. Perhaps it helps people relate to comic book characters and see themselves reflected. I am not an expert in this and am truly wondering, does it need to be said.
Did we need to know that Bert and Ernie were gay? Zena warrior princess is a lesbian.
Why do people or in this case, fictional characters’ sexuality have to be addressed? I hope to one day live in a world were people or fictional characters are look at for who they are rather than who they are attracted too.
Making this one of the top headlines, Wonder Woman is queer, says a lot about where we are as a society. The need to identify people and label them, expecially their sexuality. Is this helping or hurting? Is it needed or placing a spot light on sexuality?
If you get the chance to read the comment section on MSN after the article it is interesting the viewpoints of people. Some saying, great whatever, while others are very upset writing that they are tired of ‘all of this being shoved down their throat. The alphabet community’ Have never heard the LGTB community referred to that way. But the comment section definatly drew lines for and against.
I feel that today we are reporting so much on skin color, race and sexuality. What about morals, virtues and seeing the person as a whole rather than parts? Hopefully one day. Maybe all of this needs to happen to get there or maybe it is just dividing people. I do not have an answer to this.
What do you think?