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Talk to me about fight for mutant rights.

Talk to me about the marches on Washington, green and blue skin parading past the Lincoln Memorial, the gleam of wings in the sky for protection, the chants coming from throats covered in scales. Talk to me about the gold shields thrown up to hold back the rotten eggs and firebombs. Talk to me about a girl with no eyes being to the microphone by a boy with tentacles for arms, a bandage over her arm and the call for mutant protection laws on her lips. Tell me about the girls controlling paint brushes with their mind, making sign after sign to carry in the march, declaring that God made everyone and that mutants aren’t to be feared. Describe to me the cheers when the mutant flag is flown beside the rainbow and the stars and stripes. Tell me about the cities where being a mutant outside after dark is a death wish, and the states where doctors are allowed to refuse mutant patients. Give me the horror of knowing the siblings who were beaten bloody for their gifts, the girl left for dead with her magical lights dying around her, the boy whose death sparks the shutdown of a nation. Describe to me the hearings, the rulings, the protests. Sing me the song they sing as they march, hand in hand with their human brothers, the support groups, the flyers for power education. Let me know the name of the first mutant to win the noble prize, the first to speak on the senate floor, the first mutant to hold the presidential office.

Talk to me about fight for mutant rights.

(tw: rape mention)

Shower Thoughts: one problem with Marvel’s Mutants being used as a metaphor for LGBTQ/MOGAI people (“Have you tried not being a Mutant?”) is that the plans of villainous Mutants to turn non-Mutant humans into Mutants – like Magneto tried in the first X-Men movie, and Apocalypse planned to do in X-Men: Evolution – would be mirroring the “them queers is tryin’ to make our kids into homosexuals” fearmongering, or tropes like Rape and Switch.

Punnett Squares for (Marvel's) Mutancy

Mutancy – that is, the condition of being a Mutant – is weird

In Astonishing X-Men #27 (Nov 2008), Beast said there is one Mutant gene, an X-Gene, on Chromosome 23 (the sex chromosome).  This gene codes for an “exotic” protein that induces mutations in other genes.  It is triggered by various hormones, such as adrenaline or cortisol (i.e., when the person is under extreme stress) or by changes in testosterone or estrogen levels (i.e, when the person is going through puberty).

Most children of Mutant/Mutant and Mutant/non-Mutant human pairings are Mutants, while at least one Mutant/Mutant pairing has generated a non-Mutant Human (Graydon Creed, son of Mystique & Sabretooth).  This could happen if Mutancy is a dominant trait.  Let’s call this (M), and let (f) represent being a non-Mutant human as the recessive trait, then:

  • Human (ff) + Human (ff) = Human (ff)
  • Mutant (MM) + Mutant (MM) = Mutant (MM)
  • Mutant (MM) + Human (ff) = Mutant (Mf)
  • Mutant (MM) + Mutant (Mf) = Mutant (MM) or Mutant (Mf) (75:25 ratio)
  • Mutant (Mf) + Mutant (Mf) = Mutant (MM) or Mutant (Mf) or Human (ff) (25:50:25 ratio)

The problem with this, though, is that there have also been a bunch of Mutants (including Xavier, Magneto, and the original five X-Men) born to seemingly non-Mutant humans, which the above model does not allow.  This may indicate that Mutancy is a recessive trait – something that’ll pop up in offspring only if both parents have the gene(s) for it, though neither parent needs the full gene(s) for the trait in question.  That is, one parent may have part of the X-Gene, and the other parent also has part of it; neither have enough to give themselves powers (making them carriers), but combined, they could get a Mutant kid.

If Mutancy is recessive (m), and being a non-Mutant human is dominant (H), then:

  • Human (non-carrier, HH) + Human (non-carrier, HH) = Human (non-carrier, HH)
  • Human (non-carrier, HH) + Human (carrier, Hm) = Human (non-carrier, HH) or Human (carrier, Hm) (75:25 ratio)
  • Human (carrier, Hm) + Human (carrier, Hm) = Mutant (mm), or Human (carrier, Hm), or Human (non-carrier, HH) (25:50:25 ratio)
  • Mutant (mm) + Human (non-carrier, HH) = Human (carrier, Hm)
  • Mutant (mm) + Human (carrier, Hm) = Mutant (mm), or Human (carrier, Hm) (75:25 ratio)
  • Mutant (mm) + Mutant (mm) = Mutant (mm)

This could also explain Mutates, seemingly normal humans who gain amazing powers (and not death) after being bitten by an irradiated spider or being doused with radioactive waste or bombarded by cosmic energy or gamma rays – they were carriers of the mutant gene, not having enough to grant them powers on its own, but able to do so once kick-started by some external factor.  But this model does not allow for a non-Mutant human to be produced from a Mutant/Mutant pairing (as with Graydon Creed), so this doesn’t quite fit, either.