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Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. March 18, 2016 at 1:42 pm —

    Lesbian or bisexual? Because, you know, Ares, Hercules, and several warlords she allied with.

    Say, are they also rebooting Hercules: The Legendary Journeys with canonical Hercules/Iolaus? You know, like in the source material?

    • March 18, 2016 at 2:48 pm —

      I don’t think they actually said lesbian (at least not in the stories I read) but Lucy Lawless has always been okay with the fan theories about Xena and Gabrielle.

      I personally would love them to explicitly use bisexual, because bi so often disappears as gay or straight depending on the character’s current relationship. Since my daughter came out to me as bi I’ve been concerned more about representation, this could be a big step.

      As for Hercules, well if they are going to do that they will need a different lead since Kevin Sorbo is a super-duper Christian and has been spouting all the nastiness that comes with it.

      • March 19, 2016 at 5:36 pm —

        I’m pretty sure everyone involved in that franchise is too old now. But yeah, I know all about Sorbo’s bigotry.

        Yeah, Xena gave plenty of hints: Gabrielle name-dropping Sappho every now and then.

        The really cool thing is, when you have more than one LGBT couple, you can afford to make them more human. A character flaw no longer reflects on an entire community.

  2. March 18, 2016 at 1:52 pm —


    Thanks for sharing that cool science video on evolution and the human body with us.

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