Being in the all-women homeland of Themyscira, same-sex attraction just makes sense.
“Wonder Woman” just came out on DVD Tuesday — right smack-dab in the middle of Bisexual Visibility Week — and now bisexual activists have launched a petition to make Princess Diana canonically bisexual in the sequel.
“[Warner Brothers] raked in a pretty penny with a gross of over $817 million worldwide (and counting), ranking the film as the third highest grossing film in the studio’s history,” said petition author, bisexual activist and GLAAD campus ambassador Gianna Collier-Pitts. “Needless to say, it was a success for everyone...except the bisexual community.”
“Some of you may be thinking that this specificity doesn't make a difference but for people like me who rarely see themselves reflected in media, believe me. It does,” she continued. “As I was coming to terms with my bisexuality, I saw few — if any — characters that I could relate to, and those that I did see were almost always portrayed in a negative light.”
Collier-Pitts claims the bisexual community makes up the majority of the LGBT community, yet is the “least understood,” “oversexualized” and “underrepresented.” She also highlighted the mental health risks, including the likelihood to suffer from depression and anxiety and increased rates in partner violence.
“We are made to feel invisible and in doing so we begin to see ourselves as invisible. Making Wonder Woman canonically bisexual on the big screen would make her the first openly LGBTQ superhero of any gender from either DC or Marvel's cinematic universes, and would solidify her place as a true role model for women of all ages and identities.”
Canonically, Wonder Woman’s sexuality has been hinted at in the comics. Most notably, though, “Wonder Woman” writer Greg Rucka told Comicosity that the answer of her sexuality is obvious.
“It’s supposed to be paradise,” Rucka said of Princess Diana’s homeland. “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.”
He importantly added: “Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As [‘Wonder Woman’ Artist Nicola Scott] and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes.”
To Rucka, it just makes sense that the Amazons on Themyscira would have same-sex attraction — since there are no men, the concept of heterosexuality isn’t a norm to them. “An Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, ‘You’re gay.’ They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist.”
View the petition at https://www.change.org/p/warner-brothers-make-wonder-woman-bisexual.
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