Much to the chagrin of the LGBT community, gay and lesbian superheroes are rarely to be seen in movies, much less those targeting children. It’s as if there’s something wrong with being lesbians and we don’t want to expose children to that kind of influence.
Sometimes I feel that people overcomplicate sexuality. You could be bi-curious or drawn to someone of the same sex as a teen and later outgrow it. It could be a sign that you are actually bi or gay. It doesn’t matter. If children watch movies with lesbian superheroes, that will not make them more or less likely to become gay. Being gay is something you’re born with. It doesn’t change. It cannot be closeted forever. It’s part of who we are.
What children would take away from movies with lesbian superheroes is that it is acceptable to have a non-standard sexual orientation and that shouldn’t stop you from realizing your potential as a person. In nature, lesbian women are very strong. Highly resilient, these women were behind movements in support of gender equality throughout history, and theystill are. We need more lesbian superheroes to celebrate the true, relentless power of lesbian women. Because this power is a fact.
Such superheroes can make straight women feel stronger too. They can make men sit up and recognize that women can be strong and relied upon. Maybe men in developed countries generally recognize this, but I guarantee you that’s not the case in tens of countries in the world. There are still countries where women are considered property of their men and lesbians who dare come out are stoned to death. This happens in the Middle East all the time. Yet, western movies, TV shows, and social media reach these countries. By featuring more lesbian superheroes, we could start changing their minds about the role of women and what women can be.
It could be a wake-up call to conservative men and a source of empowerment to women. It would be a loud and proud statement that women don’t need a man to be happy. Nicki Minaj was on Ellen in 2018 talking about her sexual frustrations, how men wouldn’t just let her enjoy her orgasm and leave her alone, and ended up saying, “You don’t need a man to be happy.” And Ellen agreed.