It’s Official, Wonder Woman Is Queer

It’s Official, Wonder Woman Is Queer

She and many other well-known characters have been revealed as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Yes, you did read that title correctly. Greg Rucka, the current writer for the Wonder Woman comics recently said in an interview that the famous comic book character is romantically and sexually interested in people of the same gender. He defines her sexuality as “queer” although many fans have pointed out that his description could also refer to bisexuality. He went on to explain that given the island she’s from, a place full of women and ruled by women, Wonder Woman would have no concept of being gay. Her land is merely a place where people are free to live their lives fully and happily, and given that there are only women there, same gender couples are a welcome addition to life.

The point is, Rucka’s announcement is the most recent of many such announcements regarding the sexuality of well-known and beloved characters, taking away the assumption that all people are straight by default. Generally, characters are assumed straight until proven otherwise. Now, actors and writers are pointing out the issues with that. Just because a character isn’t shown in a relationship or is shown in one with a member of the opposite gender, doesn’t mean they’re necessarily straight.

Just this summer, when the new Star Trek film was released, it was revealed that Hikaru Sulu was in the same gender relationship and that he had a daughter with his partner. The only indication was a short, simple scene, showing Sulu as he went on to leave from work, greeted by his partner and daughter, and they walked away together as a family.

Before that, when the superhero film Deadpool came out, the main character’s actor, Ryan Reynolds, reminded fans that the character is pansexual in the comics and that he was playing him as a queer character. While Deadpool is in a relationship with a woman throughout the film, Reynolds admits he’d be happy to see the character get a boyfriend and explore that side of him.

Finally, the actor who plays Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, Mark Hamill, told fans to interpret his character’s sexuality as whatever they liked, because the films say little to nothing about it. This is true for many characters, but it’s important for legitimizing fan interpretation of characters’ sexualities, considering there are few LGBTQ+ characters who get full character arcs that aren’t solely focused on their sexuality.

These words and moments normalize the presence of LGBTQ+ people in society. If famous characters like Wonder Woman, Hikaru Sulu, Deadpool, and Luke Skywalker can be queer, then anyone you know could be. It’s also an affirming message to send to children and others who are questioning their identity or afraid of admitting it to themselves. Their idols are queer, so it’s okay for them to be. While many of these characters exist in a realm of nerd culture, they’re also in the part that has begun to bridge over into the mainstream, making their message more important than ever. Who knows which character will be revealed as queer next, but it’s a step in the right direction towards making the presence of LGBTQ+ people a non-issue.

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37 Things Growing Up in the South Taught You

Where the tea is sweet, but the people are sweeter.

1. The art of small talking.
2. The importance of calling your momma.
3. The beauty of sweet tea.
4. How to use the term “ma'am” or “sir” (that is, use it as much as possible).
5. Real flowers are way better than fake flowers.
6. Sometimes you only have two seasons instead of four.
7. Fried chicken is the best kind of chicken.
8. When it comes to food, always go for seconds.
9. It is better to overdress for Church than underdress.
10. Word travels fast.
11. Lake days are better than beach days.
12. Handwritten letters never go out of style.
13. If a man doesn’t open the door for you on the first date, dump him.
14. If a man won’t meet your family after four dates, dump him.
15. If your family doesn’t like your boyfriend, dump him.
16. Your occupation doesn’t matter as long as you're happy.
17. But you should always make sure you can support your family.
18. Rocking chairs are by far the best kind of chairs.
19. Cracker Barrel is more than a restaurant, it's a lifestyle.
20. Just 'cause you are from Florida and it is in the south does not make you Southern.
21. High School football is a big deal.
22. If you have a hair dresser for more than three years, never change. Trust her and only her.
23. The kids in your Sunday school class in third grade are also in your graduating class.
24. Makeup doesn’t work in the summer.
25. Laying out is a hobby.
26. Moms get more into high school drama than high schoolers.
27. Sororities are a family affair.
28. You never know how many adults you know 'til its time to get recommendation letters for rush.
29. SEC is the best, no question.
30. You can't go wrong buying a girl Kendra Scotts.
31. People will refer to you by your last name.
32. Biscuits and gravy are bae.
33. Sadie Robertson is a role model.
34. If it is game day you should be dressed nice.
35. If you pass by a child's lemonade stand you better buy lemonade from her. You're supporting capitalism.
36. You are never too old to go home for just a weekend… or just a meal.
37. You can’t imagine living anywhere but the South.

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If Women Are Sluts For Having Sex, Then Men Are Even Sluttier Than Us

Raise your hand if you've ever been called a slut.


Raise your hand if you've ever been called a slut. Most people are under the impression that only women can be referred to as sluts. But I'm here to set the record straight. Contrary to popular belief, guys can be sluts too.

Time for a brief history lesson. According to The Daily Oxford, one of the first uses of the word "slut" was in literature during the 14th century. Specifically, the author questioned, "Why is thy lord so sluttish?"

Surprisingly, the author wasn't referring to sex. Here, he was talking about the man's appearance, which was contradictory to his rank. Although the author didn't mention the word sex, we can agree that the appearance of a person often contributes to the meaning of the word "slut."

I'm sure you've heard the saying "don't judge a book by its cover," but we all know that our society is judgmental. It wasn't until later that the term "slut" evolved to mean "a dirty woman." Regardless of its roots, this term is usually only used to describe a woman.

Why is that? Men often judge women for their sexual activity. And it's unfair.

We live in a society where men are not judged as harshly for their sexual activity. God forbid a woman enjoys sex, she's considered a slut.

Then there are the girls who are just plain mean. Rather than bring each other up, women often tear each other down. Remember how in "Mean Girls" Regina told Gretchen that everyone hated Karen because she was such a slut? This happens more often than you may think. Think about this. Regina's boyfriend Aaron kissed Cady while they were still dating. Gretchen's boyfriend Jason was known for getting around. Never once was the term "slut" used to describe a guy in the movie.

Eventually, these negative terms became widely used and that leads us to where we are today. Perhaps, we should recognize the fact that both men and women can exhibit "slutty" behavior.

And sure, men already have their own term "Fuckboys" but let's get real. That term focuses primarily on the act of playing with a girl's emotions. "Manslut" would be a more accurate term to describe a guy who sleeps around. Now, I'm not endorsing name-calling, but if you must, know what you're talking about.

Urban Dictionary defines a "manslut" as a promiscuous male. A simple and clean definition. Well, simple yes, clean not so much. These are the type of guys you can take ONE look at and you know who they've been with and what they've done.

Many people like to point fingers towards fraternity guys such as "Chad", but any guy who "gets around" fits the bill. He can be your neighbor, that guy from the bar, or even your coworker. "Mansluts" are everywhere.

Rest assured, you'll know a "manslut" when you see one. Use protection and proceed with caution. Trust me, you're not the only one he's been with this week.

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