The Fascinating Bodily Functions Of Comic-Book Characters
June 2, 2012 4 Comments
My reaction to learning that a fictional comic-book character (one of the Green Lanterns, I think**) is being retconned as “gay” is the same as my reaction to learning that any person is “gay”:
Shut up. Just like I don’t want to know about your bowel movements, I don’t want to know what sort of genitalia you like to rub yours against for stimulation. Unless I’m trying to sexually engage you myself (which for the usual reasons has been off the table for me for many years anyway), I literally don’t need or care about that information. We’re trying to have a polite society here. Thanks.
And I especially don’t need this information when the genitalia owner in question is a splash of color on newspaper stock, i.e., doesn’t actually exist. Is DC Comics going to proceed to figure out & describe the Green Lantern’s bowel movements?
We need to move past this idea that one’s gentalia-stimulation-preference is some sort of hugely-important and interesting personality trait. It isn’t. If you think which genitalia you like is interesting to others, and feel the need to announce and parade it, I can only say: get over yourself.
**I had not been familiar with the Green Lantern mythos at all prior to seeing the recent movie; I found it kind of fascinating, in a train-wreck sort of way, how ridiculous it is.