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August 25, 2008
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WALL-E: A Gay Love Story?

When we first saw the ads for “WALL-E,” we were quite convinced it was the tale of two gay robots, young and in love and fighting to be together against all odds. Or something like that.

Mainstream media may have disagreed, preferring to see EVE as a hetero girl instead of a femmey boy, but at least Kate Bornstein saw some queerness in the robots. (Okay, granted, she thought they were lesbians, but we’ll take what we can get.) As Kate points out, robots have no gender — so WALL-E can be as queer (or as straight) as we want him/her/it/whatevs to be.

[Via Daily Bedpost]

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  • withoutscene says :

    I think Bornstein makes a great point about gender and imaginings. I have been really thinking about queer imaginings lately. For instance, for anyone who’s seen Dr. Horrible (and I am *obsessed* with it), I imagine Moist’s date with Conflict Diamond and Bait and Switch to be a different queer combination every time I watch it. I think queer imaginings are a great way to counteract assumptions of heteronormativity that are built (or that we can often build) into just about everything.

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