It's been a riddle that fans of the great DC superheroine have pondered for years -- does Diana of Themyscira like men, women or both?
After all, before voyaging to the greater world of humankind, Diana lived on an isolated island, in an Amazonian society made up entirely of women. So it stands to reason that all those women would not remain celibate, and would quite possibly seek out love and relationships with others of their gender.
We all know that Wonder Woman eventually met her great (male) love in Steve Trevor, and even had dalliances with Superman, Batman and Aquaman over the years (usually in alternate timelines). But who did she love before that?
In a new interview with Comicosity, current DC Rebirth Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka was asked if Wonder Woman was "queer," with that word defined as “involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender.” And this was Rucka's answer:
“Yes. I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, 'Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!' And when you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, 'How can they not all be in same sex relationships?' Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise.
"It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women. But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, 'You’re gay.' They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist. Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola (Scott, current Wonder Woman artist) and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes.”
But Rucka also has another explanation for why Diana should have had same-sex relationships on Themyscira:
“It needs to be yes for a number of reasons. But perhaps foremost among them is, if no, then she leaves paradise only because of a potential romantic relationship with Steve. And that diminishes her character. It would hurt the character and take away her heroism.
"When we talk about agency of characters in 2016, Diana deciding to leave her home forever — which is what she believes she’s doing — if she does that because she’s fallen for a guy, I believe that diminishes her heroism. She doesn’t leave because of Steve. She leaves because she wants to see the world and somebody must go and do this thing. And she has resolved it must be her to make this sacrifice.”
So while Rucka doesn't say specifically how Wonder Woman self-identifies, or if she even does, it makes logical sense that she would have had same-sex relationships in the past when she lived solely among women. But that has certainly not precluded her from having emotional and physical interaction with men as well.
What do you think of Rucka's explanation? Does it make sense that Diana would exist beyond common human definitions of sexuality, being an Amazonian?