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Henderson, Scott A. "Just Like Us? Lgbtq characters in mainstream comics." Teaching Comics Through Multiple Lenses. Critical Perspectives. Ed. Crag Hill. London, New York: Routledge, 2017. 62–78. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Henderson2017
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Categories: General
Keywords: Gender, Kulturpolitik, Stereotypes, Superhero, USA, Wertham. Fredric
Creators: Henderson, Hill
Publisher: Routledge (London, New York)
Collection: Teaching Comics Through Multiple Lenses. Critical Perspectives
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Ultimately, the following discussion asks whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) characters in comic books are “just like us”—that is, just like comic book readers. The answer, of course, depends on what functions as the antecedent for “us”—whether we mean heterosexual readers with various hetero-normative assumptions, or whether we mean LGBTQ readers with a range of very different perspectives. An analysis based on queer theory reveals that LGBTQ characters are typically depicted as being essentially the same as heterosexuals, leaving little room for an acknowledgment or exploration of alternate expressions, qualities, and/or identities that disrupt established categories of sexual orientation or gender. This means that today’s comic books—like those before and during the ban—offer fictional universes that rarely resonate with the daily realities of LGBTQ readers.
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