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04/28/09 6:14 AM
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Does that mean that the portrayal of heterosexual female sexuality strips a woman of her own sexuality?
04/28/09 3:22 PM
Xena Studies Ph.D.
04/28/09 6:27 PM
04/28/09 9:26 PM
I voted "Very straight" because my option wasn't on the list. I would have voted (if the option was available) basically straight but
bicurious, especially in her younger days. The only two instances where I see Xena showing some sexual interest in someone of the same sex is with Akemi and
Anokin (and she was pretty young at the time). Her connection to all the other women who have been described as her love interests (Gabrielle, Lao Ma,
M'Lila) I see as emotional, not physical.
I also disagree with the view that Xena didn't have deep emotional connections to men. I think she was genuinely in love with Caesar (which made his
betrayal all the more crushing). IMO, she had a very strong connection to Borias, even if she was in denial about it until he died (and all those
years later she still thought of him as "the man who would have changed everything for me if only I had let him"). Her emotional bond with Hercules
was so strong at one point that in Callisto, she mentions him as the third person -- besides Gabrielle and Cyrene -- whose death could send her
spinning out of control and back into the darkness. Then there's Marcus, of course. I also believe her attraction to Ares was more than just sex. Of
course all these things are subjective, as usual.
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04/30/09 2:44 AM
And a totally random thought: if you see Xena's relationships with Akemi and Anokin as sexual, then you could argue that, on the heels of her sexual
manipulation by a man (Caesar) with disastrous consequences, Xena falls prey to sexual manipulation by two women with equally disastrous and fateful
consequences: her infatuation with Anokin leads her to fall into Alti's clutches, and her infatuation with Akemi sets the stage for her eventual death.
04/30/09 2:55 AM
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05/02/09 12:56 AM
Hmm, but is it that "sex is bad," or that all relationships are fraught with danger and potential betrayal? Including parent-child ones --
Xena's dad tried to kill her (and her pseudo-dad in TTB turns out to be Ares, up to one of his schemes); her mother kicks her out and nearly turns her
over to a lynch mob; and of course Xena and Gab's relationships with their daughters are problematic on many levels.
Now, A Comedy of Eros -- just curious, where do you see Xena exploring her desires in that episode? Her sexuality is
very much directed as a specific person, Draco (as a result of the spell).
It's also interesting that as far as one can tell from the flashbacks, the only sexual act that occurs in the dream is Ares on his knees pleasuring Xena
(who is standing) -- not only is the focus on female pleasure, but the male is in a position traditionally associated with submission. So to me it's very
much a moment of independent sexuality on Xena's part.
Sylvius Delmonte wrote:
By the way:
I don't believe in feminism myself.
05/02/09 1:24 AM
Yes, perhaps believe was not the right word. But it's an archaic ideology based on the arbitrary division of something so subjective and dynamic as
gender roles. I can't see where it could possibly fit into our world and culture and cause anything but harm. It's as segregating as apartheid. Still
it's part of our history and should be ignored, as a matter of fact it might even be interesting to enjoy a discussion based on their ideas. As long as
we don't try to implement it.
05/02/09 1:44 AM
I'm a little confused...a discussion based on whose ideas? Feminism, or apartheid? And I'm sorry but I think gender roles are still very much an
issue and that well, frankly, we would't be sitting here discussing these issues if it weren't for the feminism movement. Not to say times
haven't changed, and issues are much different now. But I still feel we owe a little respect to those that fought for what we have and where we are now,
05/02/09 1:48 AM
05/02/09 7:54 AM
I'm wondering who voted for asexual.
05/02/09 5:46 PM
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