Director Confirms Pansexual Deadpool For Upcoming Movie

Director Confirms Pansexual Deadpool For Upcoming Movie

The superhero's upcoming film will mark a unique occasion: an openly pansexual lead in a major motion picture.
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On Nov. 3, 2015, the website "Collider," published an interview with "Deadpool" director Tim Miller, and questioned Miller about the "tantalizing fireside photo" of Deadpool that was recently released. The site wondered whether the character would be "a very hyper-sexualized Deadpool."

"Pansexual," Miller answered. "I want that quoted. Pansexual Deadpool."

This makes Deadpool Marvel's first non-heterosexual lead in a movie and the first openly pansexual lead in a superhero film. In the past, Marvel Studios, DC films and other popular franchises have lacked LGBTQ leading characters, which is problematic since these films are in high demand.

"Given the global popularity of genre films like comic-book adaptations and action franchises," GLAAD reports, "these films must become more diverse and inclusive."

It isn't just popular franchises that have a problem with LGBTQ representation though: Hollywood has a tendency to underrepresent and misrepresent LGBTQ people. In 2013, out of 102 films from several major studios, only 17 films included lesbian, gay or bisexual characters. To add insult to injury, most of these characters were minor and their representation was found to be "outright defamatory."

"The lack of substantial LGBT characters in mainstream film," Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD CEO and president, says, "in addition of outdated humor and stereotypes, suggests large Hollywood studios may be doing more harm than good when it comes to worldwide understanding of the LGBT community."

The Critical Media Project brings up the importance of having diverse representation and why it is harmful to limit representation to stereotypes. "It's important to consider the number of LGBT characters in the media," The Critical Media Project says, "but also how they are represented. When we see the same representation over and over, we start to internalize them and take them for granted."

The group also points out that many of the messages we receive about sexuality are transmitted through the media, and the media is a key player in our understanding of what sexual orientation is to our identities, social institutions and everyday lives.

As a pansexual woman who has been personally impacted by media representation, I will vouch for their claim.

Pansexuality, to me, is sexual attraction to people regardless of their sex or gender, and, as the Oxford Dictionaries put it, pansexuality is "not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender or gender identity." While I know what pansexuality is now, for a long time, I didn't. While heterosexual representation dominates media, I have rarely seen any pansexual representation, so growing up I had no one to relate to.

That changed when I watched "Torchwood." The lead character, Captain Jack Harkness, was openly attracted to all genders, and when I saw a character I could identify with, I felt enlightenment and relief.

On top of that, his sexuality didn't define him. He was multidimensional, relatable and humorous, but his sexual orientation was never the butt of the joke.

Representation like that made me feel more confident in my sexuality, and yet there is little of it in film. Even when LGBTQ representation is included, the focus is primarily on gay men.

Of the 17 inclusive films analyzed in 2013, 64.7 percent of them featured gay male characters, 23.5 percent featured lesbian characters, 17.7 percent had bisexual characters and 11.8 percent contained transgender female characters.

To have Deadpool portrayed as a pansexual man is a huge step forward from the limited representation of the LGBTQ community within film; however, it's not too much of a surprise. Prior to the film, Deadpool has been depicted as pansexual within his comics.

"[Deadpool] is NO sex and ALL sexes," Fabian Nicieza, co-creator of "Deadpool," says. "He is yours and everyone else's. So not dismissive, but rather the epitome of inclusive."

Go through the Deadpool comics, and you'll see his sexuality is fluid and unrestricted when it comes to gender, and he is confirmed as pansexual.

So, while Deadpool has already been established as pansexual in the comic verse, including his sexuality within the film is a momentous step. Not only will he represent an underrepresented minority, but he will also show that LGBTQ members, specifically pansexuals, are more than just their sexuality.

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Men, My 'Plan B' Is Also Your 'Plan B' So Be Prepared To Cough Up

Unprotected takes two people, dude.

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Now, not that I know a whole lot of anything on this subject. But I am very passionate about men and women being equals as well as often having the opinion that "men are trash."

When having sex, in any circumstance, it takes two willing partners who are aware of the conditions of the activity. When having unprotected sex, it is even more important to make sure both partners are on the same terms. Now, personally, I think having unprotected sex is a stupid and unnecessary risk. Not only do you run a pregnancy risk, but you run an STI risk as well.

But, if two people are going to have unprotected sex, it is a good idea to have a plan for emergency contraceptives. If you think you're going to get laid without agreeing to help pay or placing the responsibility of Plan B on the woman, you're wrong and I am more than willing to tell you why.

First of all, Plan B is expensive and sex is not worth the cost. It is $50 for just one pill. If you think sex with someone who is too cheap to pay for it is worth it, you're a few screws loose. I don't care who you are, it's not worth it.

Second of all, the woman is not the only person engaging in sex. It takes two people to engage in successful consensual sexual intercourse. Therefore, it should take to people to pay for the emergency contraceptive. I am petty enough to take money from your wallet. Don't try me.

Third, it's 2018. Women and men are becoming equals. Therefore, you need to walk yourself right on out of 1952 and stop telling women what their responsibilities are and are not. Women are tired of men dictating what they should and shouldn't do. If you can run around telling women Plan B is their job we can tell you that cleaning up all of the mess that sex leaves is your job.

I will tell you right now, I will never cover the cost of Plan B on my own when I didn't have sex alone. So you have three options here: a.) split the cost b.) wear a condom c.) have a child.

The cost of Plan B One Step birth control at Walgreens is $49.99. And I again state, we will split it. So, split in half that's roughly $24.99. Condoms, on average, cost from $2-$6 for a pack of 3. A baby, on average in the United States costs $10,808. So, I beg the question, A five minute $24.99 trip to Walgreens for Plan B, a relatively cheap box of condoms, or $10,808+ multiplied over 18 years of life?

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