There's a post that was making the rounds on my tumblr dashboard about a week ago with the title "Why do Fangirls Always Make them Gay?
" which sounds confrontational, but is actually various ways of answering that question, and the link discusses well, why might
fictional gay men be meeting the erotic fantasy needs of women?
And it's a discussion we've had a million times, and you may or may not find something new there, but it happened to pop up only a little before this post, artwork depicting Marvel and DCU big hitters at a pool hall
, and Captain America has just knocked over Superman's drink with his cue. The original poster has captioned it "Beginning of the most EPIC barfight ever!"
And of course, by the time it showed up on my dashboard, it had devolved into a discussion of Bucky and Jason Todd having sex, which brings it neatly back to "Why Do Fangirls Make them Gay?" but is not actually where I was going.
Because the thing is, if you've read much superhero comics, you know that whenever two characters from separate titles meet, they are more or less required to spend two pages having a fight over a misunderstanding before they can get down to the business of whatever the story is supposed to be about. These encounters have an almost ritual quality; on the one hand, there is a supposed justification for the fight, but on the other hand, no one is ever seriously injured in these fights, and they generally end quickly, with handclasps, and seem to be a means of engendering mutual respect.
And yet, let me come back to my insistence that these fights are so stupid
. Go back to my second link. As the second comment down points out, Superman and Captain America fighting over a spilled drink? If you were to come up with two comics characters less likely
to get in a fight over a spilled drink, more capable
of settling their differences with words, I do not know who they would be. (Okay, maybe um... Martian Manhunter, and ... Pepper Potts. There you go. But it took me a moment.)
Both of these are, we are supposed to believe, grown adult men deeply committed to the building of just societies and of civil institutions, and respected moral leaders of their respective circle of friends and acquaintances. And yet, I assure you, each of them has resorted to fisticuffs on first acquaintance with nearly everyone they know, or at least, everyone they know who wears a tight-fitting costume. And comics asks us to believe that this is consistent with their character.
Superman and Captain America are about to get in a fight, in this art, because it is a scene the artist wants to see.
are being asked to explain why we "make them gay" and told we must justify 'making them act out of character.'
No one ever asks, "Why do fanboys always make them fight?" Because fanboys write the comics.
(And okay, I'm not sure it's objectively better to make them fuck on first acquaintance than fight on first acquaintance, maybe it's bonobo vs. chimpanzee methods of social regulation, or maybe it's something simpler, but it's definitely not better to fight than fuck. C'mon.)This post also on dreamwidth ( comments)