So, do you remember the time Professor X tried to do it with the teen-age Kitty Pride, but it wasn’t Kitty Pride but actually Baron Karza, the supreme enemy of the Micronauts?
The subplot, featured in the 4 issue x-Men and the Micronauts mini-series, flirted with Sub/Dom TG. Baron Karza, trapped in the body of a female and dressed like a slave girl, on his back in such a vulnerable position, his arch-enemy, dominant, ready to make his move. In the book, realizing his enemy intends to have sex with him, Karza tries desperately to distract his enemy, to keep him busy, because Karza feels physically helpess and unable to defend himself.
To understand the dynamic Chris Claremont was playing with, understand that Baron Karza was the Darth Vader of the micro-verse, the ultimate bad guy. Like Vader, he always wore armor and a helemt, a cold, distant figure, inscrutable. He ruled over others, had an near-omnipotence in his realm, and could even take on the form of a centaur, cementing his status as an emblem of masculinity and virility..
So, for him to find himself trapped in the body of a girl, helpless and in the clutches of a predatory male was as close to a total reversal as could be imagined.
The added level of kind of strange pervyness was that the villain is actually Professor Xavier, and, of course, Kitty Pride was one of his students. The story line didn’t really delve too much into this, and there were never any ramifications beyond the mini-series, but it was a very interesting, human and flawed Xavier that emerged.
A third little bonus for me was the fact that I had owned many micronauts as a kid and loved them, so now one of my favorite toys had merged with TG fiction, and I was in heaven.
In any case, these kinds of role-changes are very interesting to me. Karza very quickly chose to play the helpless maiden, seeking to flatter and cajole and manipulate the man who wanted to have sex with him, all his usual shouting and bravado gone. Yet, he was still Karza, and he was just waiting for the chance to try and kill his enemy.
How much of femininity is simply practicality? Would any intelligent man, placed in Karza’s situation, resort to passive, feminine strategies? Would many women, if they were bigger and stronger than the men in their lives, take on the dominant role because they could?
These are the questions I feel we can explore in genderfluid fiction, readily and overtly. Of course, Chris Clarement, author of the series, didn’t have the freedom to pursue the story line very far or very deep. The most he could do was play at the surfaces. But that doesn’t mean, and I am sure others, haven’t written fan fiction in which Baron Karza remains a teen-age girl, and where he comes to find the pleasure in surrender.