Was Batman Gay? – Neatorama

I don’t suppose Orson Scott Card will be writing Batman either. Personally, anyone who wears a Batman costume gets a blip on my gaydar.

Batman, the popular comic book character and later TV and movie superhero, was born in 1939 in DC Comics. Homosexual interpretations of Batman began in the mid-1950s. These accusations began in 1954 with a book written by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham called Seduction of the Innocent.

Werthan claimed that “The Batman type of story may stimulate children to homosexual fantasies of the nature of which they may be unconscious.” Wertham added, “Only someone ignorant of the fundamentals of psychiatry and the psychopathology of sex can fail to realize a subtle atmosphere of homoeroticism which pervades the adventures of the mature Bruce Wayne and his young friend, Robin.” Dr. Wertham’s book was issued in the context of the “lavender scare” when homosexuality was considered a security risk. It is also worth noting that homosexuality was an officially classified “disease” by psychiatrists until 1972. The good (or bad) Dr. Wertham aside, let’s take a look at the nebulous and questionable sexuality of Batman.

 

via Was Batman Gay? – Neatorama.

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