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Bi-Five: Wonder Woman Writer Greg Rucka Confirms Wonder Woman Is Queer and Themyscira Is A Queer Culture

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Well, as a queer girl, this makes my week: it's been hinted at throughout the Wonder Woman rebirth that our girl Diana might be less than straight. Reading the series, I felt like it was pretty obvious she was being queer-coded, but I thought maybe it was just wishful thinking on my part for more bi-representation in comics culture. 

Turns out I wasn't just reading the book through a queer lens—Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka has come out and confirmed that yes, in fact, Wonder Woman is gay and Themyscira is a "queer culture." Which makes sense—Themyscira is a paradise island with a culture of only women, so for heteronormativity to exist on that island is flat-out stupid. Even better, he's saying it's no big deal.

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Here's what Rucka had to say on the subject:

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.

Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes. 

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He also went so far as to say that making Wonder Woman queer was a necessity for her character's motivation to leave Themyscira:

And it needs to be yes for a number of reasons. But perhaps foremost among them is, if no, then she leaves paradise only because of a potential romantic relationship with Steve [Trevor]. And that diminishes her character. It would hurt the character and take away her heroism.

When we talk about agency of characters in 2016, Diana deciding to leave her home forever — which is what she believes she’s doing — if she does that because she’s fallen for a guy, I believe that diminishes her heroism.

She doesn’t leave because of Steve. She leaves because she wants to see the world and somebody must go and do this thing. And she has resolved it must be her to make this sacrifice.

So there—Wonder Woman didn't leave Themyscira for Steve Trevor, she leaves to explore and make the world a better place. A HEROINE'S BACKSTORY IS NOT MOTIVATED BY HER ROMANTIC FEELINGS. Fuck. Yes. We're finally getting the type of female heroine we deserve in the DCU. But at the same time, don't expect Diana to start running around shouting to everyone that she's queer: Rucka has stated that he wants to "show, rather than tell" her queerness, and he wants to do it in a way that's respectful and not exploitative.

I've loved Greg Rucka since I read his work on Batwoman, and this is just making me love her more. Us bi folk need more representation in the media besides Tila Tequila and Andy Dick. Bi-erasure is still a problem, and there aren't many queer characters who fall in between the spectrum of gay and straight—so this is a big win for us. 

Check out the full interview here.


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