Recently we’ve had a little bit of a mess in our FB page regarding Loki’s sexuality. Some say that Loki is straight. Others state that Loki is bisexual. Others that he is pansexual, and many that he is polyamorous. Before starting to promote a label (or a set of them) more than another, let’s take a look to the definitions:
- Bisexual: according to Wikipedia, “bisexuality is a romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior toward both males and females.” It means that the bisexual person will feel romantic, sexual or romantic and sexual attraction to both genders.
- Pansexual: according to the Wiki, “pansexuality, or omnisexuality, is sexual attraction, sexual desire, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of any sex or gender identity.” The difference with bisexual would reside in the fact that pansexuals really do not care about your gender, they will get attracted also to transgenders, for example.
- Polyamorous: again, according to the Wiki, “polyamory (…) is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. It is distinct from swinging (which emphasizes sex with others as merely recreational) and may or may not include polysexuality (attraction towards multiple genders and/or sexes).”
Let’s now take a look at the symbols. Some people are puzzled by the symbols of all these labels. As you can see in the Loki picture above, Loki has one of the symbols. Let’s discover what it means.
The logo of bisexuality is this one:
As you can see it is the same logo used by the person who edited Marvel’s Loki panel. The pansexual logo is different:
And finally, the polyamory logo:
According to Marvel, Loki is bisexual. Because he can shape shift, and because he was a woman in the comics as well (stole Lady Sif’s body). Though, we must agree that the Old Loki is far more interested in using sex as a way of power.
But according to Mythology, Loki gets even more fun! He seems to like to shape shift, have fun, and multiple partners. So, we could label him as “pansexual” and “polyamorous” (but just because Sygin, his wife, knew how he was… we could argue she was kind of consenting. But some people might disagree with me in there).
According to Joanne M. Harris “the Gospel of Loki,” (page 33) Loki states that:
There were a few compensations to having corporeal Aspect. Food (jam tarts were my favorites); drink (mostly wine and mead); setting things on fire; sex (although I was still extremely confused by all the taboos surrounding this — no animals, no siblings, no men, no married women, no demons — frankly, it was amazing to me that anyone had sex at all, with so many rules against it).
So according to this, Loki would be quite pansexual, really. Also, while married with Sygin, he also had relationships with Angrboda, they used to shape-shift and that is why they had such colorful children.
I know, I know, the Gospel of Loki is not exactly the canon mythology, but it is funny to read from Loki himself his tastes. But reading this book, made realize about something important about him: he is label-less. Exactly: no label we tend to use can be really used on him. He could be qualified with the labels of bisexual, pansexual and polyamorous. However, his powers of shapeshifting make of him… well… Loki-sexual. He is, without doubt, gender fluid. And even there we could even be so sure: if he shape-shipfts into a rock? What then? Not only he is able to have sex in whatever form he chooses, he can also have biological children, like Sleipnir, his eight-legged horse-son. So, he is the ultimate expression of the sentence: “I do what I want.”
Labels, whatever labels we use on ourselves, are just that. We can choose them ourselves, or other people can decide to put them on us. Loki is so multilayered and multidimensional that is really difficult to apply any layer on him. However, one thing is certain: he is not straight.
Is Loki’s sexuality connected to Tom’s in any way??
NO! Tom is Tom, and Loki is Loki. Tom might have played Loki, but it does not really mean that he is Loki.
Here you have “the Meme of Doom,” with the famous “t-shirt of Doom.” This t-shirt is damn sexy, however, some people believe that…
only gay men wear this type of shirts
Fashion is a very complicated thing. We have stereotypes in our brains about fashion that come from marketing. Big brands make fashion ridiculous or marvelous depending on their needs. What was hot in the 90s now are terrible mistakes. However, we are getting more marketing-wise as consumers and that means that brands are having it harder to brain-wash us as to what we have to buy or not. To that, you have to add that many people are just choosing to wear whatever they want.
T-shirts per se are not gay nor straight. They are only t-shirts. And this in particular is damn sexy: basically because it lets you see through. It doesn’t mean anything. It is just a t-shirt which lets you see through it. To argue that the one who wears such a t-shirt might have a certain sexual tendency is shortsighted. Besides: it is not our business if Tom is or not “whatever-sexual.” This aspect of his personality lives in his private realm. He can share or not with us if he wishes. Whatever his sexual tendencies are, here is a fan for life. I like how he acts, his movies, and his work (and, needless to say: him).
As I said, fashion is a tricky thing. We shouldn’t label people because of the drapes they wear. If not, Thor would be in serious trouble because, according to Midgardian standards, he is wearing his mother’s drapes!
So, what have we learnt about Loki’s sexuality and Tom’s fashion?
That labels are tricky, and when used without giving them a thought can be harmful. When using labels onto other people we must pay attention that we might not be doing so in the wrong way, or applying stereotypes that are not really helping us. We, as humans, love to label everything. It seems like the world is just a giant storage of jam, and we have to label every single jam pot. Some jams, however, cannot or don’t want to be labeled.
So, try not to apply stereotypes onto people, just because those stereotypes might not be useful, be outdated, or simply be harmful.
Try not to label people carelessly. Some people just don’t want to be labeled. Think about Loki in Mythology. He comes from chaos, and they don’t have these mess of labels. I kinda feel he wouldn’t understand labels on himself, and to resist he would like to be label-less.
Try not to change the label of someone who has chosen his own. For example: some people might use the label “bisexual” but perhaps a friend would say to them “nah, you are straight, you’ve always been!” If a person chooses a label, unless they change it, do not impose one that you think fits better. Remember: they do whatever they want!
Above all: respect all choices (be them sexual, about fashion or about pets, jams or turtles).
Joanne M. Harris, “The Gospel of Loki.”
Other comments on Loki’s sexuality:
- Loki is bi, I like comics too.
- How Marvel’s Loki Became A Bi-curious Villain, the Daily Beast.
- Loki will be bisexual, occasionally a woman in ‘Agent of Asgard,’ comic book resources.
- ‘Loki: Agent of Asgard’ Writer Confirms Loki is Bisexual and Genderfluid, the Geekiary.