"Spider-Man is trans!": the transgressive potential of superhero queer readings

“Those of us schooled in the humanities and social sciences have become familiar, over the past twenty years or so, with queering things; how might we likewise begin to critically trans- our world?” (Stryker, Currah & Moore, 2008, p.13) “When men are growing up and reading about Batman, Spider-man and Superman, these are not fantasies, these are options.” Jerry Seinfeld (in Vena, 2017) The Marvel film Spider-Man: Homecoming hit cinemas in the summer of 2017 and was received with praise and relief at a Spider-Man reboot that was for once a “refreshing joy […] to temporarily cure any superhero fatigue” (Lee, 2017). After the film’s release and widespread popularity, the queer community appeare

A Brief Existence

Soft, velvety goo pulsated around it, as it struggled to breathe though a pinhole of a mouth, turning upside down as light shone through a tunnel that grew ever larger. It was confused, scared even, muscles tense from the familiar wetness that felt so wrong now that it could feel. Something rippled through the liquid, sound, vibrating, felt yet unheard, for it had no ears. Something was pushing, hard, towards that bright hole. It didn’t know what to feel, this was all new to it after all. The edges of the hole soon touched its crown, its misshapen head peaking through, indented inwards like a bowl. It was dark again, the pressure slowly forcing it to push and force the hole wider, until the

We acknowledge the past, present and emerging traditional owners of the land on which we live and work, the Wadjuk people of the Noongar nation and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

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