No one can argue that Deadpool hasn’t been everything Ryan Reynolds dreamed of: it’s a blockbuster success, busting all kinds of records, and fans seem to love it. Lady Geek Girl loved it and pointed out how it’s actually a progressive and feminist superhero movie. There are so many things you can say about the movie, but today I want to take a moment to take another look at why it’s such a feminist movie. Too often our movies, particularly super hero or adventure movies, treat women like fragile prizes. Namely, it’s the male hero who gets the beautiful lady, and she rewards him at the end of the plot with sex and/or romance. These movies promote a narrative that says men should aspire to treat women in a particular way, like fragile and virtuous dolls. Deadpool smashes that narrative to bits.
From where I’m sitting, yesterday was a pretty good day. You might have been up all night with us watching the live feed from the Texas Senate house on SB5. “Emotional roller coaster” is probably a good way to describe that experience. If you slept in that morning, like I did, then you woke up to hear that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act had been ruled unconstitutional. I’m not sure that this is exactly what victory looks like, but it’s certainly a step forward.
And with that in mind, I’d like to shout out some of the more compelling explorations of gay characters in comic books. Technically this is a Representation Roll Call, but it’s going to be slightly different format-wise. Since we’re on the subject of marriage, I’ll start with the wedding of Kyle Jinadu and Jean-Paul Baubier, whom you probably know as Northstar.