Foolish Child #81: Labels

In a six-panel drawn comic, Dickens and a friend sit together on a couch against a green background. The friend asks Dickens, "Can I ask you a highly personal question? Do you consider yourself gay? lesbian? queer?" In response, Dickens jokes "Oh, Thank Helena" in reference to the TV show Warehouse 13. The friend misunderstands Helena as a real person and that begins a comedy of errors in which the friend thinks Dickens has a secret girlfriend. Finally Dickens admits that they can't keep up with labels anymore — can they be a lesbian and still be in love with Josh de la Cruz from "Blues Clues"?

Before you go! It takes funding to keep this publication by and for queer women and trans people of all genders running every day. And A+ members keep the majority of our site free for everyone. Still, 99.9% of our readers are not members. A+ membership starts at just $4/month. If you're able to, will you join A+ and keep Autostraddle here and working for everyone?

I am a queer coparenting mama to Dickens Jr. Doodler by day, 911 dispatcher by night. All my favorite shows look better on Tumblr. I am two years and 450K words deep into constructing a fanfic called Ages and I'm never giving up on it. Bering & Wells.

Alana has written 104 articles for us.


Contribute to the conversation...

Yay! You've decided to leave a comment. That's fantastic. Please keep in mind that comments are moderated by the guidelines laid out in our comment policy. Let's have a personal and meaningful conversation and thanks for stopping by!