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I have a question about Huntress and Arsenal's one night stand so of course I turn to the lovely ladies and gents of scans_daily to hopefully find the answer.

The first I heard of it was in BoP: Dinah, Babs and Helena are meeting in a park to discuss whether or not they can work together as a team and the subject of Helena's one night stands with Dick and Roy comes up and Helena has the brilliant line 'Archers... they pull a mighty bow but they're quick to let fly'. Which of course pisses Dinah off royally and nearly ends the team before it even begins.

I went back and read the Outsiders issues where Helena takes Roy's place on the team while he recovers from being shot, thinking that would be where I could find the Huntress/Arsenal stuff (I'm a massive Huntress fan and I've been trying to track down and read pretty much everything she's been in because yes I am obsessive) but apart from the kiss at the end




there's not really any interaction between the two and certainly no sexy times going on between the pair.

So folks my question is this: is this the first time it's ever referenced or is does the Helena/Roy stuff happen in different issues to the ones I've been reading? 

Date: 2011-01-17 07:34 pm (UTC)
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I'm afraid I just don't really understand why a casual hook-up means that her character is being trashed, or that she is less worthy of respect.

Because we as the society (and I am not just talking about Americans here) are still struggling with the cultural implications of sexual revolution. We want to treat men and women as equals, yet we still tend to judge behavior based through the prism of gender. When men engage in casual sex, it is a sign of their virility. When women engage in casual sex, they are being improperly permissive.

There are arguments to be made against casual sex, but this sort of double standard bugs me.

P.S. Another thing that occurs to me is that while it is possible to show a character having casual sex without compromising her dignity, as (jaybee3 said) too many writers fall into the trap of treating a woman as a prop, as if she has no thoughts, feelings or motivations of her own. I think Roy/Helena thing would be far more palatable to our merry community if both characters were treated with the same level of thoughtfulness and complexity.

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