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Subj: Re: Has House Of M And Decimation Been Undone, Or Is It Still In Play Or Being Referenced?
Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 at 05:16:33 pm EST (Viewed 118 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Has House Of M And Decimation Been Undone, Or Is It Still In Play Or Being Referenced?
Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 at 02:43:51 pm EST (Viewed 121 times)



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      As for Genosha: It had stopped being modeled on South Africa when Magneto took over. And I have to say I have little patience with some forms of fan dogmatism where people hit on a shiny new interpretation and then want to get rid of what in the stories doesn't fit that interpretation ("mutants are a metaphor for homosexuals, so things that make anti-mutant discrimination remind us of racial discrimination must be removed"). Mutation has always been a metaphor for several things, not just minorities of all kinds, but also for the alienation felt by many during puberty. I think it diminishes the fascination of the mutant metaphor to make it exclusively into an allegory of one particular real-world phenomenon, especially if we are talking about phenomena that are also treated non-metaphorically in the stories, like homophobia or racism, that are no longer taboo.



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    Heterosexuals feel alienation during puberty? Alienation from whom? Their parents? I guess that's probably true, actually. OK, so alienation during puberty may be a nearly universal experience. Good point.

Not just their parents, but the various cliques that form during teenage years and the alienating they do to each other is often the result of the effects of puberty.