Monday, September 5, 2016

America Is Getting Its First Transgender Superhero

Chalice will be the central 'Alter' in this series/ Photo via theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/04/first-transgender-superhero-chalice-alters-aftershock
Chalice, also known as Charlie Young, is a middle brother of three siblings living with her family. Her story begins while she is undergoing hormone therapy after making the big decision to switch genders. Her parents struggle to take care of one of her brothers who is suffering from cerebral palsy, and Charlie has a difficult time explaining her situation to her family during this testing period. Certain events transpire around the central protagonist as this arc develops, launching her into strange and unexpected adventures as an ‘Alter’.
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When I was reading this article, I thought this could have easily been a Saturday Night Live Sketch during the pre-politically correct era, LOL! SNL had a cartoon series at one time called the The Ambiguously Gay Duo. It was about two superheroes and it was intended to satirize suggestions that early Batman comics implied a homosexual relationship between Batman and Robin with the two superhoeroes Ace and Gary behaving in ways perceived stereotypically homosexual.

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  1. AA “Proper Gander” MorrisJanuary 1, 2017 at 6:50 AM

    Theater Folk have always played dress up. Only men used to perform plays back in the day, IIRC. It's a tradition that dates back to magical mythical ( Golden Age- Greco Roman style) times, which the aristocracy is obsessed with...

    "In punishment for his murder of Iphitus, Heracles/Hercules was given to Omphale as a slave. Many variants of this story say that she not only compelled him to do women's work, but compelled him to dress as a woman while her slave.

    In Achilles on Skyros, Achilles was dressed in women's clothing by his mother Thetis at the court of Lycomedes, to hide him from Odysseus who wanted him to join the Trojan War.

    Athena often goes to the aid of people in the guise of men in The Odyssey.

    Tiresias was turned into a woman after angering the goddess Hera by killing a female snake that was coupling.

    In the cult of Aphroditus, worshipers cross-dressed, men wore women's clothing and women dressed in men's clothing with false beards."

    "Thor dressed as Freyja to get Mjölnir back in Þrymskviða.

    Odin dressed as a female healer as part of his efforts to seduce Rindr.

    Hagbard in the Scandinavian legend of Hagbard and Signy (the Romeo and Juliet of the Vikings). After having slain Signy's brothers and suitors, Hagbard was no longer welcome in the hall of Signy's father Sigar. Hagbard then dressed up as one of his brother Haki's shieldmaidens to gain access to the chambers of his beloved. When the handmaidens washed his legs, they asked him why they were so furry and why his hands were so calloused. He responded with a clever verse to explain his strange appearance. Signy, however, who understood that it was Hagbard who had come to see her, explained to the maidens that his verse was truthful. Hagbard was, however, deceived by the handmaidens and he was arrested by Sigar's warriors. Hagbard was hanged and Signy committed suicide as Hagbard watched from the gallows.

    Frotho I dressed as a shieldmaiden in one of his eastern campaigns.

    Hervor from Hervarar saga. When Hervor learnt that her father had been the infamous Swedish berserker Angantyr, she dressed as a man, called herself Hjörvard and lived for a long time as a Viking"

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_cross-dressing

    Don't Forget The World According To Garp:
    "Garp and Helen meet transsexual ex-football player Roberta Muldoon at Jenny's center, and they become close friends. He also first hears the story of Ellen James, a girl who was gang raped and then had her tongue cut out so that she could not identify her attackers. Some of the women at Jenny's center are "Ellen Jamesians", women who voluntarily cut out their own tongues as a show of solidarity. Garp is horrified by the practice and has a confrontation with one of their members."

    "During a political rally, Jenny is shot and killed by an anti-feminist fanatic. The women of Jenny's center hold a memorial for her, but forbid all men from attending. Garp, dressed as a woman, is secreted into the memorial by Muldoon. He is identified by Pooh, a Jamesian he had known when they both were in school. A commotion breaks out, and Garp is in danger of being hurt, until a woman leads him out of the memorial, away from danger, and to a taxi. The woman is Ellen James, who thanks Garp for his book about her. The Jamesians are further outraged that Garp attended the memorial."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_According_to_Garp_(film)

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