This post is a little different. It isn’t directly about Supergirl - but Supergirl fits the criteria as a ‘case study’. So, now that’s clear - today’s post it about ‘the unspoken gay limit’.
What I mean by that is when a shows LGBT representation takes the form of just a singular central character and their love interest. And that’s that. Even when there could be potential for another LGBT couple. *cough cough* Supercorp. Whilst some form of LGBT representation is always appreciated, this ‘unspoken gay limit’ - as I call it - can have a toxic effect on how society views the community.
It reinforces the idea that being LGBT isn’t ‘the norm’ and are, so to say, needles in a hay stack. If we want to normalise the LGBT community; we need it represented as it is. Because we are NOT just a one off occurrence. We are NOT people that should be viewed/treated differently.
Yes, there are shows that show multiple homosexual characters/relationships and I am by no means devaluing what all those shows have done for the LGBT community - but the reality is if we want true change we need to see this across the board. And we need shows to stop ruling out potentially amazing relationships just because there is already a gay character/relationship.
This was where ‘Supergirl’ comes in. Because... Supercorp. First off, Kara is represented as bisexual in the comics - there is no valid reason not to represent her the same. Secondly, they have just more chemistry. I could go on and on about the amount of things that suggest there is more between them than friendship. Not to even mention the looks that they share and those GODDAMN lip bites (Yes, Katie, I mean you)! And yet the show continues refusing to make them any more than friends. They have the potential to make an extremely amazing couple. So please - ditch ‘the unspoken gay limit’, because whether or not you intend it to be, it’s toxic.
We are everywhere in society - THIS is the reality of ‘normal’. The media has a huge impact on how we view the world - everyone knows this - and if want to start normalising the LGBT community - we need change in how we see it on screen. Because our reality is not just ‘that one gay person’.