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04/17/09 3:20 PM
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I voted Very Straight, though I think just Straight would have covered it.
I do believe that sexuality can be fluid, depending on the person, and I know that the point of subtext is to look beneath the obvious. But when it comes
down to it, I have to go with what I saw. Xena never kissed Gabrielle (or any woman) with the same passion that she kissed Ares, Borias, Marc Antony, Marcus,
Hercules and Ceasar with. Even Ulysses, though it pains me to admit it. She *bit* Ares' nipple. She licked his lips. Her dream in Eternal Bonds was full
of sexy fun times. She made out with Antony both in front of Gabrielle, and when she and Antony were alone (plan or no plan, if she and Gab had been a couple
in any sense of the word, those actions alone would have made her the worst girlfriend/lover/soulmate in the history of the world, and Gabrielle the biggest
doormat), was nearly ready to stay on Ithaca with Ulysses. Flirted with Rafe.
These are not the actions of a gay woman, especially one in love with another woman.
It's true that she had the strongest emotional ties with women, M'Lila and Lao Ma (I refuse to count Akemi) and Gabrielle, but I see that as
something that Xena recognizes as absent in herself so she looks for it in other women. A softness, or a certain quality of inner peace and innocence. I
never read it as sexual. When I started watching Xena....my God, thirteen or so years ago....I saw her protectiveness and dependence on Gabrielle as
her need to protect and be in contact with something innocent - something she no longer was but still longed to be. After a while I saw her love for
Gabrielle as inevitable, because of the bond that forms between two people who go through so much together (think of Frodo and Sam in LotR). Gabrielle is the
most important person in her life, the one she loves the most, because Gabrielle has traveled, lived and died, lost and gained, fought and supported, with
her. That can form some of the strongest bonds ever.
But her sexuality, to me, has always been straight.
04/18/09 10:40 PM
04/18/09 11:38 PM
Wow, interesting, Meg. Thanks! I would say I classify those terms as identities or labels...descriptions or roles, but not a gender. I fit almost all of
those (female) terms, on any given day!
Anyhoo, on to the poll...I voted very gay. Yes, even given her history with Borias, Marcus, Ares, Antony, Ulysses, etc, I am saying Xena is very gay.
My viewpoint is that Xena was, in her past, probably bi-sexual. A lot of people experiment and try different things when they are younger, and that's
what I see Xena doing. She also had Lao ma, Akemi, Mi'Lila, Anokin, etc in her past, most of whom I believe she was sexually attracted to or involved
But that at the time of the series, when she was with Gabrielle, she was totally gay in my mind.
Xena was devoted to and in love with Gabrielle, while still using her sexuality to scheme and manipulate men becasue she knows how to use that power. But I
didn't ever see her as actually genuinely being attracted to men in that current time frame, or settling down with a man/husband at any time in the
future. If Xena had lived and Gabrielle had died in FIN, I think she still would have found comfort in the arms of another woman, (like she almost did with
Otere in AITST) if anyone at all, and not a guy.
That's just my perspective and I realize many people disagree and see her completely different- I've seen the Xena sexuality poll in the Shipper
forum so I know this thread will have a lot of very different answers- but that's my take on Xena.
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04/19/09 5:26 PM
Xena Studies Ph.D.
I think that when the cast and crew profess they act as if Xena and Gabrielle were a married couple, were lovers... I wanna listen to them right? They
created the show...it's their opinion....
04/20/09 1:37 AM
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Anyway, they've made so many contradictory statements about this over the years (both while the show was on the air and after it) that I don't think
TPTB's opinion "proves" anything, one way or the other.
04/20/09 2:52 AM
04/20/09 11:58 AM
I voted "other". I don't think Xena ever thought about what her preferences were in that regard. I think she just fell for who she fell for.
Other then Gabby, I don't think she had any strong feelings for another female, so I would say she's straight or maybe bisexual with a
04/20/09 12:12 PM
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04/25/09 4:17 AM
Very straight, she & antony totally proves the fact.
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