Female Thor’s New Hammer Will Reflect Her Gender

Monday, 08 September 2014 - 3:38PM
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Monday, 08 September 2014 - 3:38PM
Female Thor’s New Hammer Will Reflect Her Gender

The female Thor will debut in October, and she will have a brand-new personalized hammer in tow.

 

The hammer famously reads, "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor." But now that Thor will be a woman, the new hammer will read: "Whosoever holds this hammer, if she be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor."

 

Some have pointed out that it would be more appropriate if the hammer's language was changed to be gender-neutral rather than feminine, especially since Thor will likely be male again in the future. Cinema Blend cracked a joke about a future "genderless" Thor benefitting from a gender-neutral inscription, but in all seriousness, using the pronoun "they" (or something similar) would prevent the comic from reinforcing the gender binary in a problematic way. Marvel has done a great job of respecting minorities recently (with a couple notable exceptions), so there could easily be a transgender or genderqueer Thor in our future. At the very least, we should leave room for one.

 

Thor #1, featuring the female Thor, will be released on October 1.

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