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Everyone who knows the history of Wonder Woman knows that she comes from Themyscira. On the island of Themyscira, the Amazons reside. The residents on this island are all woman who has thrived apart from the male-dominated world. Comic fans have long thought that Wonder Woman and the Amazons would logically be lesbian due to the fact that there were no men in Themyscira. However, given that Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) has had relationships with men such as Steve Trevor, Trevor Barnes, Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Bruce Wayne (Batman), Kal-El (Superman), and many others, her sexuality has always remained ambiguous.

Recently Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka confirmed Wonder Woman’s sexuality canonically. When asked if Diana Prince was flat out queer, Ruka finally gave an answer. After first confirming that “queer” is defined as “involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest towards persons of the same gender,” and confirmed that Diana Prince is in fact queer.

“Then, yes.

I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, ‘Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!’

And when you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, ‘How can they not all be in same sex relationships?’ Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise.

It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women.

But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, “You’re gay.” They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist.”

Buka also talks about what he calls the “Northstar Problem” where a character screams to the heavens proclaiming their sexuality. This is in reference to Marvel comics character Northstar who was one of the first openly gay comic character and also the first same-sex marriage in mainstream comics.

“For my purposes, that’s bad writing. That’s a character stating something that’s not impacting the story. I get nothing for my narrative out of that in almost any case. When a character is being asked point blank, if it’s germane to the story, then you get the answer. But for me, and I think for Nicola as well, for any story we tell — be it Black Magick, be it Wonder Woman, be it a Batman story — we want to show you these characters and their lives, and what they are doing.”

Buka doesn’t want Wonder Woman or any of the Amazonians sexuality to detract from the storyline that they are telling. The purpose is to show, not tell.

At the end of the day, she’s not a superhero because she’s queer or bisexual, she’s a hero because she’s Wonder Woman. And that’s what should be the important part about her character.

Source: Comicosity

Category: Comics

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