Subtle Hints To In Your Face

Dick Grayson was the ward of Bruce Wayne and some comic books showed them both sleeping in the same bed, which may have insinuated that something was going on between them.  Dick was a minor who was thought not to be capable of managing his own affairs, so Bruce served as his guardian.  Robin wore a flamboyant costume and he was being raised by a single, older bachelor and back in the day this was not percieved as being inappropriate.  In his late teens Little Richard became a member Doctor Nubillo’s traveling show, and he started wearing capes and applying makeup which shocked some of his fans, but it opened up the door for Glam Rock.  Hollywood came out with Brokeback Mountain, a story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and after this, politics and same sex relationships were out of the closet and they would never be the same.

Today it seems like there are new gay characters popping up in comic books all the time.  Is this new wave of in your face gay comic characters indoctrinating impressionable young minds into thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable?  Gay rights are becoming more and more mainstream, and as the gay lifestyle becomes more acceptable, featuring interesting LGBT characters in comic books has become the new trend.  The new cartoon shows are pushing diversity, acceptance, and subconsciously this desensitizes people towards it.  Comics have featured social outcasts, mutant heroes and these stories will always exist on the social fringe.  In Riverdale Cheryl Blossom is dating Toni Topaz and Kevin Keller kisses his boyfriend Moose, which makes me wonder if we will soon be seeing Archie kissing Jughead, well at least they are not wearing spandex.

DC Comics Legends of Tomorrow features Sara Lance and Ava Sharpe in a romance and Alexandra Danvers Supergirl’s sister has developed a love interest with Detective Maggie Sawyer.  Has all of this become too much for anyone else, having gone from being trendy to becoming something that needs to be forced into every comic that I watch?  Is this segment of the market now being over-represented?  Why are the producers of these new comic shows shoving this down our throats?  On Flash Nora West-Allen, nicknamed XS seems to be attracted to women and on Arrow, Oliver Queen’s son William came out as being gay.

My purpose for writing this is not to control what is being shown in the comics and the last time I approached this similar subject for one of Fandango’s Provocative Questions I got a lot of negative feedback, but I do wonder if this is ephemeral or if it is just going to become more plentiful.  I do not want to be a referee and get in the middle of this, or tear anyone’s world apart with this post.  I am usually very chill and I repress my desires to strike out at others, or to shog anybodies world.  Perhaps I am displaying my insipience about the LBGTQ community with this post, as I don’t really understand it.  I do understand the allure of being dressed up in drag, as men have been wearing women’s clothing probably as long as human beings have been wearing clothes, because this makes them feel sexy.  I never saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show and even though it is dark and outrageous, it looks like a lot of fun.

I am not going through a mid life crisis and I am not ready to trade in my pants for a skirt just yet, because that would not look good on me.  I would much rather dress up as a wispy ghost for Halloween and hope that I could collect enough Granny Smith apples to fill a large basin, so I could go bobbing for them.  With a bit of luck, I could keep from getting wet, which would make me feel stupid and probably cause me to stutter.  I was just thinking about the last apple that I started eating and it contained a beetle and my best friend went on the intercom and told everyone which was real embarrassing.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Control, for the Daily Spur prompt – Tear, for FOWC with Fandango – Referee, for Ragtag Community – Ephemeral, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge – Pants beetle intercom, for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Similar and for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Wordle #139 prompts- Chill Ghost Shog Repress Wispy Insipience Stutter Strike Dark Granny Smith Apples Drag Wet.

20 thoughts on “Subtle Hints To In Your Face

  1. I have no objection to anyone being whatever they want to be, or doing whatever they want to do, provided that they do not harm, coerce, or threaten anyone in the process, and they do not break the law, especially with regard to minors.

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      1. There is an increasing tendency for minority groups to want to assert their rights. I rather trend towards an old man’s view of OK behind closed doors, but expect to be castigated by youth for daring to air such a view!

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  2. I agree somewhat in the sense that it’s just all such a bore to me. I even find myself skipping over the hot sex scenes in romance novels now because they’re all the same. Yawn! Maybe I’m just old. I saw both Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman recently… men kissing, flamboyant gayness, or bi-ness, whatever, and was like… so what? I did enjoy the fabulous costumes.

    But i do understand that for non-straights, it’s relatively new that they’re even allowed to be public with any affection or relationship status, so they may want to flaunt this for a while longer, just like straight couples needed to be wild in the era of luuuuurve. I can look away.

    I don’t however think it’s a great idea to fill children’s heads with constant images of sex of any kind (or violence) that they aren’t ready to process. I saw and read things too early because my parents believed it was cool. It wasn’t the best idea.

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  3. An article came across my newsfeed today that noted that, “Young people are growing less tolerant of LGBTQ individuals, a jarring turn for a generation traditionally considered embracing and open, a survey released Monday shows.” That took me by surprise.

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  4. To each his own is what my mom always said, and I think it’s a good philosophy. I’m fine with LGBTQI themes in multi-media as long as it is involving consenting adults. I’m way more concerned by the increasing graphic violence in movies, along with any scenes of sexual exploitation or non-consenting violence. There’s often not even a pretense for the acts and it is often gratuitous with no cutaways on the gore. I watched a netflix movie, “The Outsider” about a white soldier being recruited into the Yakuza the other night and it showed at least a few people getting their throats slit from ear to ear, then the blood gushing out of the slice. If that wasn’t bad enough, there was an attempted rape and the woman was slapped around. To each his own in actions, including one’s opinions on the subject.

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      1. I think I know what you’re getting at, but at the same time if the implied message is that only cisgender (straight) people can be heroes… just like when only white men could be heroes in movies. Now we’ve heroes of all kinds and I like it that way 🙂 OK I will climb down off of the soap box now.

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  5. Our world was certainly different Jim, Men were Men, or so we believed. Having two gay sons sent me on a steep learning curve, I worried about them and all that, until I realised they are who they are, wonderful people in there own rights. As other commentators have noted we are who we are, and if we do no harm then good.

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  6. I think for so long that homosexuality has been condemned by society and hidden that we simply haven’t realized how normal/natural it actually is. I think it is only our reactions to homosexuality that are unnatural. I do think shows should depict realistic relationships between consenting adults whatever their gender. What I think shows should cut down on is the sleaze, I really hate shows that throw in tons of sex and violence to cover up a weak plot. I am totally fine with sex scenes when the relationship between the individuals is actually interesting and has substance.

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    1. I tried to be non-judgmental in this post and show both sides, but I don’t have much exposure to the LBGTQ side, so I did not put up a strong argument for them, however just about everyone who made a comment has.


      1. I think that is where knowledge and exposure come into play, it can help clarify any misunderstandings or prejudices you might have developed or been exposed to in your own childhood. I grew up in a rural Southern town so many of the beliefs I was exposed to were limited. I had a gym teacher tell me yoga would summon the devil!

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