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ellemariecollins has actually gotten me thinking about that question for the first time ever, honestly. Geez, there actually is a wide world to play with, isn’t there? I think literally every member of the New X-Men: Academy X crew could potentially be anything other than straight and cisgender. They’re all teenagers; that’s such a perfect time to explore all that stuff, right? I’d love it if Rockslide came out as gay, or if any of them were asexual. Those kids need a book of their own so these things can actually be explored.
I only think about X-Men because, of course, I only think about X-Men.
You know what? It’d be super awesome to see a bisexual Thor. Right? Hercules is bisexual. Thor’s a Norse god. It’s insane to think they have all of the same sexual orientation hang ups that our culture does. I think Al Ewing’s exploring Asgardian gender identity and sexuality in “Loki” but, because of $$$, I’m not reading it.
Here’s the other reason I wasn’t initially on board with Shatterstar and Ric, you know, ten years ago when I wasn’t on board with it. I thought ‘Star was asexual. And I wanted him to be asexual. Because are there any asexual heroes? Granted, he’s like, that would be a trope, right? The unfeeling other dimensional warrior who does not understand human emotions, etc etc etc? That’s a trope. It’s actually much more subversive that he’s…pansexual? Oh Shatterstar, you’re great.
You know what, maybe Jubilee should be asexual. Honestly, is this what it’s like to “headcanon”? I’m honestly drawing a blank on romantic relationships for her, which is SUPER RARE for a character that’s been around for 25 years. The thing is, she has GREAT deep friendships, and is full of life and genuine emotion and, she’s the exact opposite of an other dimensional killing machine who doesn’t understand feelings. Jubilee is all feelings! She shows that there is more to feelings than just being into romance all the time!
But seriously though, short answer yes, this is what it’s like to headcanon. More complex answer, I think there’s a difference between headcanons and picking up on subtext. Like asexual Jubilee is probably headcanon (although I get it), but bisexual Storm is totally subtext.
I think you could make an argument either way for Thor. Which is an idea I love, by the way. I think all the gods should be basically pansexual, to be honest.
How are you feeling about things?
Disquiet and disconnected.
This is comforting to me, because I think Rachel and I are both people in this at different times.
Team Cyclops tries to be there for each other.
That’s part of being Team Cyclops.
I think it’s past time that I officially signed on to Team Cyclops, because these characters are both me as well.
I know I am flouting the system in multiple ways, but I’m gonna call special circumstances for this one:
It’s cool. When anything’s been running this long, the continuity is bound to get convoluted.
If you want to live in a society in which race is not a factor stop making it one. Stop saying white guy, white people, black person, etc. Worrying about what white people think is small potatoes. If you want change, speak of solutions. Not problems.
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