Unless YOU personally have been living in the closet this past week, you’ve certainly heard the Wonder news. I had just been thinking there hasn’t been any thing noteworthy about Wonder Woman lately. Well, this one’s a doozy.
DC Comics has announced that Wonder Woman is officially being bisexual, mostly through mouthpiece and series writer Greg Rucka. In an interview with Comicosity, Rucka stated, “Obviously, she’s queer.” Referencing that Wonder Woman had grown up on an island of all women, how could she not be?
Others have cited that it’s been hinted at through various times in the character’s tales. I’m still trying to figure out the irony in Diana abandoning Paradise Island for the first man who washes up on shore of an island inhabited solely by females.
Some people are applauding the revelation, and, naturally, there are just as many condemning it. The fact that I’m a gay may or may not be relevant to the story at this point. I was quite young when I became obsessed with Wonder Woman, and it had nothing to do with her sexuality – gay, straight, or otherwise. What she and Steve Trevor did off panel was their business.
So, part of me did thinks, why? Why address it? What difference does it make? Maybe they’re just a floating convent of sexy nuns? Then, of course, it dawned on me why it’s important that we address it. Because it’s there. It’s reality. It makes sense. It’s natural and should be accepted as such. We’re lucky that we live in times when people can live their natural lives openly, not shrouded by taboo. I applaud DC in their bold move. Wonder Woman is one of their biggest characters and, therefore, one of their biggest licenses, especially with a big movie on the horizon. Not to mention being in the middle of the character’s 75th anniversary celebration. This has been a big year for the Amazon, indeed!
But this is big. Big in an historic way. The biggest mainstream character being labeled “queer” and or bisexual. That’s huge. Just another way Wonder Woman proves to be a role model to fans who can identify with her.
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