Conservative moms outraged – just outraged! – by gay comic book hero

Last week, DC Comics announced that one of their characters is going to be coming out soon. Over at The Advocate, they suspect it’ll be The Green Lantern.

Marvel has also announced that Northstar, its first openly gay superhero, is going to marry his boyfriend in an upcoming installment.

As you might imagine, the mothers of the American Family Association are not pleased. Their mothers’ group, One Million Moms, is urging their members to write to DC and Marvel and urge them to change their minds. OMM is for moms who are “fed up with the filth many segments of our society, especially the entertainment media, are throwing at our children.” And apparently, they consider positive messages about gay people to be filth.

Children desire to be just like superheroes. Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, “I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?”

This is ridiculous! Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They don’t but do want to indoctrinate impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light. These companies are heavily influencing our youth by using children’s superheroes to desensitize and brainwash them in thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable. As Christians, we know that homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:26-27).

Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to homosexuality at an early age. Comic books would be one of the last places a parent would expect their child to be confronted with homosexual topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Children do not know what straight, homosexual, or coming out of the closet even means, but DC Comics and Marvel are using superheroes to confuse them on this topic to raise questions and awareness of an alternative lifestyle choice. These companies are prompting a premature discussion on sexual orientation.

Actually, children do know what those things are. And something tells me that if an X-Man and and an X-Woman got married, there’d be no hue and cry about how children don’t know what straight is. There’s no problem exposing kids to heterosexuality at an early age, is there? There are no objections about “premature discussions” of men marrying women, are there? This isn’t about young children being too young. This is about gay people being too gay.

Someone should tell the women of OMM that their Helen Lovejoy act isn’t fooling anyone.

And in answer to your rhetorical question, OMM, yes, I can imagine little boys saying, “I want a boyfriend.” And that sounds awesome.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

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