Now, this is something that has been troubling me for a while, and I really need to get it off my chest so I can go on.
Peppermint Patty does not have gay tendencies. Nor is Marcie, for that matter.
This is one of those “pop culture” phenomena that just won’t go away, and I for one am sick and tired of hearing about it.
Peppermint Patty was mentioned as one of the television characters that LGBT people identify with in a sidebar that was included in the gay pride issue of Entertainment Weekly. The article was published just one month ago.
Although I can see why some people feel a connection to her, I do not believe that this makes her gay. Although I can empathize to Ariel, that does not make me a sixteen-year-old girl or a mermaid. Likewise, Ariel cannot be a man just because I can.
Because of her unconventional appearance, Peppermint Patty is easily distinguishable from the other female characters in the Peanuts universe. Dresses are worn by Sally, Lucy, and Patty (the other one that nobody recalls), as well as by Violet. Not the Peppermint Patty, unfortunately. She is a capable athlete.
In addition, her voice in the majority of animated specials is deep and gravelly.
To take all of these things at face value and label her a lesbian as a result of them is to deny her identity in favor of one that has been allocated to her, and it also robs her of the complexity that she possesses.
Her father is taking care of her upbringing instead of her mother. Due to the fact that she has a strong bond with her father, it is only natural that she would identify with characteristics that are traditionally associated with men.
There is a string of strips in which the school tells her that she must cease wearing shorts and sandals since the new dress code requires her to do so. She doesn’t feel like herself. However, this does not mean that she does not have any feminine qualities at all. Because there is another season in which she decides to give figure skating a try and enters a competition with her newfound skills.
These elements were incorporated into the animated special entitled She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown. In addition, a considerable lot of emphasis is placed, in these, on the optimal attire, one should wear while roller skating. She goes for an item that is flirtatious and embellished with sequins and a skirt. To categorize her as the stereotypical female baseball player is to place her in a pigeonhole.
To overlook the numerous indications that Peppermint Patty has a crush on Charlie Brown and instead assume that she has a sexual interest to other girls is to be cruel to poor Peppermint Patty.
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The fact that he is hopelessly smitten with the little girl with the red hair makes the situation a little bit tragic because he is at a loss as to how to respond to her approach. But it cannot be denied that she does make progress.
How often does she tease him by saying things like, “you kinda like me, don’tcha Chuck?” in a flirtatious manner? Charlie Brown is the only person she has ever showed this kind of affinity toward.
It is not as overt as Sally’s crush on Linus, Lucy’s attempts to woo Schroeder, or even Linus’ brief obsession with Miss Othmar, but it is absolutely there nonetheless. Lucy’s attempts to woo Schroeder. Lucy attempts to woo Schroeder. Linus’ brief infatuation with Miss Othmar.
Her relationship with Marcie is a significant factor in establishing Peppermint Patty’s reputation as a lesbian. In point of fact, there are others who maintain that Marcie is the one who is homosexual.
A recent episode of Big Bang Theory agreed with Leonard when he quipped, in response to the hypothesis that Peppermint Patty is gay: “That would be Marcie. It’s not like Peppermint Patty isn’t sporty.” Although it is true that Patty is just athletic, this does not in any way indicate that Marcie is gay.
Why do people assume that Marcie is gay, or that she and this other person are in some type of relationship? Is it due to the fact that they are together at all times? Linus and Charlie Brown are inseparable, and it is not implied that the two of them engage in heinous activities when hiding under the blanket.
Due to the fact that they live on opposite sides of town, Patty and Marcie are always found hanging out together (or in a neighboring town). Don’t forget that Peppermint Patty plays on a baseball team that is not affiliated with the rest of the gang at all. Therefore, she intends to spend more time with the individuals in her immediate vicinity.
Because Marcie refers to Peppermint Patty as “Sir,” I believe that some people are under the impression that she considers Peppermint Patty to be a male. It’s possible that Marcie’s poor vision is to blame for this, given that she wears spectacles.
But if that’s the case, it would also be evidence against Marcie being gay, since even if she were attracted to Peppermint Patty, it would be under the assumption that she’s male. In other words, if that’s the case, it would be proof of Marcie being homosexual.
In point of fact, however, this interpretation is also inaccurate. Marcie is well aware of the fact that Patty is a female. Because Peppermint Patty was a counselor at the girls’ camp where they both spent the summer when they first met, the “sir” thing comes up as a symbol of respect. This is because when they first met, Peppermint Patty was a counselor at the camp.