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Subject: Are Wizards Gay?
Date Posted: 12/2/2012 2:05 AM ET
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Are there any stories where wizards are laying a lot of pipe?
The whole Dumbledore is gay thing was discussed in a collge class I had, and the teacher's assistant said all wizards stories are really about gay dudes coming to terms with their gayness. (Because there are always man boy relationships, Unaccepting fathers, wand control=phallic manipulation skills, wizards wear dresses, etc...)

You think that is true?
I just read some Riftwar books...and I could see it man.

 

Date Posted: 12/5/2012 10:03 AM ET
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I think people in the English Teacher profession see things that aren't intended.

There are stories of randy wizards.  Tanya Huff has a series of short stories about Magdalena, the world's laziest wizard.  They're collected in Stealing Magic.

IMO, all the things - strange clothing, staff/wand, lack of husband/wife are meant to show wizards as being exotic.  It's kind of hard to be in awe of someone with a bunch of his rug rats circling his heels or his wife reminding him to take out the trash.  In other cases, I think it's meant to show the wizard as being some sort of eccentric mystic - withdrawn from the world into a life dedicated to gaining power.

Barbara Hambly played around with the whole "secluded scholar" angle in Dragonsbane.

And a final note: many wizards wear robes, carry staffs, etc, because Tolkien set it up that way.  And Tolkien=God in the fantasy world.

Amy
Date Posted: 12/10/2012 10:19 AM ET
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No.

Date Posted: 12/11/2012 3:48 PM ET
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Wasn't the actor who played Dumbledore in the movie gay? Or am I thinking about Gandalf (the actor in the movie)? One of them is.

As for the characters themselves, I am pretty sure not. I read a lot of high fantasy, and other genres with wizards, but I've never gotten even a hint of gay. In fact, sex overall has been prettty much nonexistant for them.

After all, wasn't it sex with the girl/witch that caused Merlin to fall into the endless sleep? Seems like sex is not a good thing for wizard magic. :) (of course I'm sure there is some alt-fantasty or comic/romance fantasy with wizards doing it with anyone/everyone. But I'm thinking more in terms for general classic fantasy.)

 



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Subject: Crystal Ballin
Date Posted: 12/13/2012 12:22 PM ET
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Hmmm, lots of interesting responses. Especially the scholar observation; I remember reading something about how the higher someone's IQ, the less sex they have, because most of the time and energy they would have spent on parties, dates and random play has instead been subverted into their studies. Our real life wizards at MIT aren't getting some in the bedroom because they like to spend time in the classroom.

So I don't think all wizards are gay anymore, but I bet there is a higher number of them in the magic field, kinda like there are a lot of left handed people that become artists.

Oh, and I did find an example of a wizard who lays lots of pipe, that would be John Constantine from the HellBlazer comics. Sure, he's called a magician instead of a wizard, but it's pretty much the same thing. (Except he uses a cigarette instead of a wand, and when he bones a chick, instead of creating life, she usually loses her life, not during, usually after, but still...sad.)

Date Posted: 12/27/2012 5:18 PM ET
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Harry dresden got loving all the time from hot women. I'd hold his magic stick ;-)