So Gab in series 1 and some of series 2 is kind of a female Captain Kirk - has a bit of a thing with every guy who comes her way, then they either die, move on, or turn out to be engaged. As I said on the other thread:
She's a young girl away from home, just got out of an engagement to someone she wasn't too fond of, and she's basically looking around and seeing the opposite sex for the first time with new, freer eyes. I got the impression in Poteidia her family had fairly set ideas about relationships - Gab was set up with a family friend without much of thought for her feelings on the matter - so I think what we see in series 1 is Gab "sowing her wild oats" as it were... I think she's shopping around, viewing the world anew and exploring her new-found freedom. It's rarely played as "love" per se, just chemistry... And of course, as Gabrielle matures, she begins to focus inward and calms down. She and Xena grow closer so she stops looking for passing men for fulfilment (this fits whether you view X/G as romantic or not) and I think post-Perdicus she is less interested in men in general, either through respect for her husband's memory, lack of interest in the light of being widowed, or simply through focussing her energies and affections on her relationship with Xena instead (whatever that may be) and no longer has an interest in pursuing men.So I thought, if we view the X/G dynamic as romantic, how do we interpret this early 'boy crazy' Gabby? How do we choose to read Gab's sexuality/romantic preference? And how do we view her marriage with Perdicus?
I find Gab's journey very interesting, and I really like her flighty romances in series 1 - and that's coming from someone who normally hates romantic subplots. I find something delightfully relateable about Gabrielle's romantic journey - something I didn't appreciate when I was younger. As a bisexual woman I see a lot of myself in Gabrielle - I often find myself attracted to men but ultimately function better in relationships with women. So do subbers think Gab is bi? Is she gay but chasing after guys in her youth through social conditioning (I mean sure she wants out of her engagement in Poteidia but the conditioning of a heteronormative society runs deep) - but then what do we make of her relationship with Perdicus? How do these early relationships and the death or her husband shape her approach to relationships in later years and ultimately her choice to dedicate her life to Xena?
Answers on a postcard. First five will win..... *rummages in prize bag* ...... out of date candy.