Another big change has happened to another well known comic book character and this time it’s not a Marvel character. In an exclusive interview by Comicosity, it was made official by Greg Rucka, one of the authors of the current Wonder Woman series, that Wonder Woman is queer.
Queer has many definitions depending on who talk to so, luckily, what constitutes as queer is clarified in the interview that was given. Matt Santori-Griffith, when asked by Greg Rucka to define the term queer in the context of the interview, responded:
For the purposes of this conversation, I would define “queer” as involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender. It’s not the full definition, but it’s the part I’m narrowing in on here.
via Matt Santori-Griffith/Comicosity
Greg Rucka, when presented with this defintion, responded that Wonder Woman is queer. Switching a well known character’s sexuality can be difficult, especially given how polarizing some of them can be in the eyes of society. However, Greg Rucka explained his reasoning for why they decided to make her queer as well as explaining the reasoning behind her decision to leave her fellow Amazonians:
Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes.
And it needs to be yes for a number of reasons. But perhaps foremost among them is, if no, then she leaves paradise only because of a potential romantic relationship with Steve [Trevor]. And that diminishes her character. It would hurt the character and take away her heroism.
When we talk about agency of characters in 2016, Diana deciding to leave her home forever — which is what she believes she’s doing — if she does that because she’s fallen for a guy, I believe that diminishes her heroism.
She doesn’t leave because of Steve. She leaves because she wants to see the world and somebody must go and do this thing. And she has resolved it must be her to make this sacrifice.
via Greg Rucka/Cosmosity
Greg Rucka’s approach to the revamped version of Wonder Woman appears to be handled with care. He states later on in the interview that he does not want to portray her in a way that screams “OH, I AM GAY!” because it represents bad writing. They want to represent her sexuality in a way that shows rather than tells without it being too garish and stereotypical. This particular approach to her sexuality is, I think, something that has been slowly trickling into pop culture in recent years.
Couple in the fact that Wonder Woman now represents a population in the LGBTQ community that is oftentimes ostracized and overlooked within their own community, I definitely think there are many reasons for why this news is important.
As a member of the LGBTQ community, I’ve observed that too many people, LGBTQ members included, focus too much on the sexuality of a person, clinging onto stereotypes that our society continues to perpetuate through pop culture and other various forms of media. Having Wonder Woman portray a member of a community that is defined purely by its sexual nature and portrayed in a way that doesn’t make her sexuality the entirety of her character is a very important step towards diversifying the characters we seen in pop culture as well as provides us with a more well rounded example as to what queer members of the LGBTQ community can be.
I definitely think you should take a look at the full interview because Greg Rucka has many important points that he makes that are worth reading. You can find it here.
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