Got into a discussion about the implication that Diana finding love with a man was what saved the day and I thought I should go ahead and bring it over here.
I can see the argument being made here. Diana has been around women all her life. That suddenly a man, and more specifically sex with a man, changes her and makes her a hero. That hetero-sex is what saves the day.
I have a couple objections to this theory, but let me start by saying I can see why you would feel that way, particularly for those of you who are lesbians. I don’t, and I recognize it’s largely because of who I am and my own views.
What I won’t agree with is the implication that Amazons are all straight. It’s just not true. When Antiope was killed, three women came to her side- her sister, Diana, and a third grief-sticken and screaming who got the camera’s attention for an extended shot even though nobody knew who she was. That was her wife. Fight me.
Additionally, when Steve and Diana are having their boat sex talk, she says she knows of sex. She knows the pleasures of the flesh. Men are unnecessary for pleasure. She’s either talking about lady love or masturbation (both of which are still pretty taboo to talk about as women today let alone in 1918). I choose to believe it’s the former. She’s had at least one Amazon lover in the comics- Mala in Earth One.
On to my objections:
Diana’s not a lesbian. She’s bisexual. Bisexuals are allowed to love men. We’re allowed to like men. Steve Trevor, whether romantic or platonic, is a big part of Wonder Woman’s story. He is the Lois to Diana’s Superman. For those of you who say Steve was too much or Steve was intolerable or the het love story ruined it, I ask you to accept that you might have some biases based in your preference for a queer Diana who doesn’t like men. Again, I understand why you feel that way, especially for those of you who are lesbians. But to constantly hear ‘het love’ and ‘het sex’ is annoying at best and erasure at worst. Diana is bisexual. She is queer. Of course I’d like it to be more explicit in the movies, whether through her expressing attraction to women or outright saying it, but the point still stands. This is the most powerful canonically queer character in media.
Nothing she does is heterosexual.
Another point is about the love saves the day. It wasn’t just Steve’s love. It wasn’t just Diana’s love for Steve. (And yes, I can see why it might seem rushed, especially for those who aren’t aware of the “Diana’s Lois” history of the ship, but how often do we see the woman falling head over heels for the hero of other movies and why can’t we allow the script to be flipped here? Steve Trevor is very much a counter to most macho action movie stars full of toxic masculinity which is a whole post on its own.)
Love saved the day, but it wasn’t just romantic love. It certainly wasn’t just sexual love. It was also platonic love between the men themselves. When she sees the men embracing each other in the face of certain death, what does she see?
She sees three men who could have gone home when the money ran out. Three men who continued into a suicide mission, following Steve because they loved him too. When Steve gave them the option to go home, they say “she can handle herself, but what would you do without us?” They follow him because they love him. They’d deny it, of course, but it’s there. That brotherhood. She sees that. She recognizes it from the way the Amazons loved those they fought with. That’s how she recognizes that there is good in men. That’s why she believes they can choose good. They aren’t fighting for the anger and the bloodshed. They are fighting because they love.
another picspam review. I mean, with this episode, how could I not?
I was broken for a full two days, so of course it warrants me
my face into the keyboard… which is pretty
much what this entire post is. Face smashes and screencaps. (And boy
howdy, do I mean screencaps. There’s a LOT. *rolls around in all of the caps*)
actually did not have all that much time to get online yesterday, so
this time around I don’t believe I’ll be unintentionally quoting
any of you guys. \o/
I will share this… I get my legal digital copies from Google Play
(I have Android everything, including
a fucking television that’s running Android… of
course I use Google Play and
fuck a whole lot iTunes).
Someone at Google knows
exactly what they’re doing because THIS
is the picture they decided to use as
the thumbnail of this episode. And
I am DYING because this exact
moment is when Cas says, “get out” and Sam is just staring like, “omg
mental note do not
fuck with Cas right now.”
that’s perfect. YOCKEY: I
am Cas. Get the fuck out, you broke me. I
am also Sam. I cannot believe you just did that jesus fuck.
(Side note: that picture is taken with my Android phone of my Android TV.)
of Obligatory Dean Wall Slams: TWOOOOO!!! Yockey, you speak to my