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Shyminsky, Neil. "“Gay” Sidekicks: Queer Anxiety and the Narrative Straightening of the Superhero." Men and Masculinities 14.(2011): 288–308. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1177/1097184X10368787
BibTeX citation key: Shyminsky2011
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Batman", "Superman", Gender, Sexuality, Superhero, USA
Creators: Shyminsky
Collection: Men and Masculinities
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In comic book and movie narratives that are dominated by figures of heroic masculinity, the male superhero sidekick is typically a sexually ambiguous character who performs alternative modes of masculinity. This article argues that these alternative masculinities serve primarily to obscure the anxiety that is endemic to the superhero’s own problematic identity and sexuality, effectively ‘‘straightening’’ the central narrative and preserving the superhero as a beacon of heteronormativity by projecting queer desire or fear entirely on to the ‘‘gay’’ sidekick. Ironically, the seemingly straightened primary narrative—and hero—remains beholden to the same ‘‘gay’’ sidekick that it marginalizes. The efficacy of these sidekicks is further discussed and detailed with specific reference to the popular superhero sidekicks Robin (sidekick to Batman) and Jimmy Olsen (sidekick to Superman).
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