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Toxic MasculinityMapping the Monstrous in Our Heroes$
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Esther De Dauw and Daniel J. Connell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496828934

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496828934.001.0001

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Days of Future Past

Days of Future Past

Queer Identities and the X-Men

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(p.89) Days of Future Past
Source:
Toxic Masculinity
Author(s):

Drew Murphy

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496828934.003.0006

This chapter explores the recurring themes in the Days of Future Past comic series published in 1981 and the 2015 movie, drawing comparisons to the very current and real journeys that LGBTQIA+ people are undertaking both on a personal and a community level. The vast majority of the X-Men protect themselves from hiding their mutant identity, similar to the way that the superhero traditionally hides their superhero identity under their ‘normal’ civilian identity. This mirrors very closely the lives of many LGBTQIA+ people, who often have to juggle dual identities as both heterosexual and homosexual. This chapter unpicks this coming out and the X-Men’s ability to function as allegory for oppressed communities.

Keywords:   X-Men, LGBTQIA+, Film Studies, Comic Studies, Coming Out Narratives

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