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Do You Know What Your Children Are? Mutants As Queer Pariahs [Mutant & Proud Part II]

Jon Bogdanove
Jon Bogdanove

Mutants as a metaphor for real minority groups are an awkward fit for a number of reasons. First of all, mutants are actually dangerous. Second, a lot of mutants have good cause to reject their identity. Third, and perhaps crucially, mutants don't have a shared culture like real minority groups.

Of course, people have said all of those things about LGBT people as well. In the second of three Pride Month essays exploring mutants as a metaphor for queer identity, I'll look at how mutants are actually a perfect metaphor for the sort of dangerous myths used to marginalize LGBT people.

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The United States Government Debates Whether the X-Men Are Human Beings… In Real Life

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If you've ever read Marvel's X-Men comics -- and let's be honest, you have -- you're probably already aware that the central conflict of the story involves the struggle of mutants to gain acceptance in the world of humans that hates and fears them. Since the series first began,

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