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WHERE ARE SUPERHERO COMICS’ BIG NAME BISEXUAL CHARACTERS?
It’s Celebrate Bisexuality Day today, also called Bisexual Visibility Day — a day to celebrate and promote recognition of those who are sexually attracted to people of more than one gender. The day exists because people with non-monosexual queer identities face unusual challenges in being recognized by both mainstream and queer cultures, yet visibility helps break down barriers and encourage acceptance.
In superhero comics, the problem of bisexual invisibility is as ingrained as anywhere; the medium struggles to acknowledge the existence of anything that didn’t exist in The Honeymooners or The Andy Griffith Show, unless it’s a space god, a shapeshifter, or a parasitic psychic monster. Having a character say, “I’m bisexual” is apparently more implausible than any of those things. There aresigns that the industry is changing in this regard — but slowly, and rather half-heartedly.
The recently announced return of Secret Six at DC Comics under writer Gail Simone and penciller Ken Lashley will allow Simone to follow through on a promise she made back around the time DC’s New 52 reboot. Simone told followers on Tumblr that next time she wrote one of the book’s lead characters, Catman — an old Batman villain turned anti-hero — she would establish his bisexuality.
After a three-year wait, Simone finally has her chance. By her own account it’s a promise she means to keep, and that’s a big deal. Catman will instantly become one of the highest profile bisexual characters in superhero comics. Though not a conventional hero, Catman is at least a dashing leading man, and it’s always important to establish that people with marginalized identities can fill any role in narrative, up to and including the hero roles usually reserved for cis-het white men.
Amazingly, Catman won’t be the only bisexual man leading his own superhero book when Secret Six hits the stands. He may even be the third. But here’s where we get into the usual fog that surrounds too many representations of bisexual identity in the media.
An old poor-picture-quality Jeannette wig/makeup test selfie I found digging around for other stuff. Posting because… well, it’s a low self-esteem night and I look good here.
You look good EVERYWHERE!
She’s right babe. <3
There is going to be a Rejected Princesses book.
It’s being published by Dey Street, an imprint of Harper Collins. It’s going to be out in 2016. There will be around a hundred entries.
And I’m totally freaking out about it.
This would not be possible without the…
bobby drake watches as aliens invade new york: this wouldnt have happened if scott hadnt killed xavier
bobby drake notices kitty pryde becomes facebook official with peter quill: this wouldnt have happened is scott hadnt killed xavier
bobby drake sees that the milk is out of date: this woulnt have happened if scott hadnt killed xavier
bobby drake struggles to maintain an erection during intercourse: this wouldnt have happened if scott hadnt killed xavier