Batwoman returns…


My earlier blog on the reaction to Batwoman ‘coming out’ was quoted on CBS News’ Blogophile column.  I followed the link to the column and had two reactions, one of amusement and one of sadness.

Amusement first.  I was quoted thusly: ‘ “Blah blah blah,” she writes. “Blah blah.” ‘ Unfortunately, I’m a he rather than a she.  This has now been corrected, but it did make me chuckle and reminded me just how anonymous the net can be!

Then the sadness.  I had a look at some of the other reactions to the news, and was appalled by the ill-informed venom and hatred poured out in some cases.  People saying that lesbianism is abhorrent.  People saying it’s terrible to have such a thing where kids can read it (attention people, this particular series isn’t aimed at kids, who don’t read that many comics these days anyway).  And further, much more extreme instances of homophobia and general unpleasantness.  This surprises and upsets me.

There’s now a part of me that hopes the character catches on sufficiently to gain her own series, and a smash-hit one at that.  Hey, if Will and Grace or Brokeback Mountain can be mainstream successes, why not a superhero who happens to be a lesbian?  Go, Batwoman, go!  Make the bigots look stupid.  Please?

  1. EEEK I just looked at the DC Comics messageboard thing (something to do on the ED) and it was a bit scary! Who would have thought people would get so upset by the sexual orientation of a fictional character! I always find it unfortunate (understatement) that is so often ‘Chrisitians’ who say such incredibly stupid, ignorant and bigoted things, and hence give everyone out there a horrible impression of Christianity (which in turn leads to people saying offensive and ignorant things about Christians and the church as on the messageboard!).

    Let’s hope that Batwoman is an excellent and exciting character people will enjoy and that people will get over themselves, as they say. I don’t know who they are! ( =

    • Claire
    • June 10th, 2006

    Oops I can’t spell.

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