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Why Wonder Woman’s Sexuality is Important

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Wonder Woman has been a bigger deal than usual of late. Gal Godot’s portrayal of her was one of the brightest points in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the upcoming film where she’s the title character has garnered a lot of anticipation.. Therefore, an interview where a comic book writer claimed that the popular comics character isn’t straight caught a lot of attention. 

WONDER WOMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1Is Wonder Woman Bisexual?

A few months ago, Greg Rucka, a longtime Wonder Woman writer, confirmed in an interview with the website Comicosit  that Wonder Woman is queer. The confirmation came after the interviewer explained their definition of queer: “involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender.” Neither the interviewer nor Rucka ever actually used the word “bisexual” when directly referring to Wonder Woman, although the introduction to the interview used the word.  However, at least part of the reason behind that decision was because Wonder Woman, as part of Thymisciran society, doesn’t really have a word or a concept for the idea of loving more than one gender. Therefore, when discussing Wonder Woman’s sexuality, we shouldn’t put a label on it, since she has no concept of one.

In-Story Implications for Wonder Woman’s Sexuality:

As Rucka points out, Wonder Woman not being attracted to solely men has implications when one considers her traditional “origin” story. In said origin story, Steve Trevor comes to Themyscira during the second world war, and Wonder Woman follows him away from there to what was dubbed “Man’s World.” As Rucka puts it

“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.

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.”

In addition, Wonder Woman’s role as a superhero who prefers love and peace over the thrills of violence works well with a literal ability to love all (though no one ever doubted she loves everyone platonically). You could likely go through all 75 years of Wonder Woman comics and find a ton of scenes that could be interpreted differently, considering her sexuality.

Out of Story Implications for Wonder Woman’s Sexuality:

It’s arguable that the out of story implications for Wonder Woman’s sexuality are the most important part of this story. There are now kids, everywhere, who can look to Wonder Woman and know that an iconic superheroine is at least a little bit like them. The importance of representation has been discussed before, (and is now, with the recent Alex storyline on Supergirl) and cannot be understated. 

What do you think about Wonder Woman? Are you excited for her upcoming movie? Tell us about it in the comments!


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Siobhan Dempsey

Siobhan is a 23 year old grad school applicant who aspires to be a human encyclopedia. She reads a sizeable amount of fiction, especially genre fiction. She also watches "too much" televison.

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