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Noelle Blood will present about "Steven Universe." Blood is a passionate advocate for gender fluidity representation.

The Noelle Blood, “Twice the Gem That You Are: An Analysis of Garnet the Crystal Gem’s Queer Embodiment” discussion is on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 12:30 p.m. This event will be located in the Cottonwood Room on the third floor of the Memorial Union.

The talk is centered around the cartoon show “Steven Universe,” which has always shown LGBTQ tendencies. From the Crystal Gems to Steven himself, there are many circumstances and situations in which these tendencies are shown. The episodes are engaging and leave the audience with unanswered questions. 

Some of the content doesn’t seem appropriate for a children’s show, which is one of the issues that Blood will address. However, the cartoon is extremely popular, and the expressions of queer love, affection and lifestyles make this an invigorating show. 

Garnet, the leader of the heroic Crystal Gems group, is a prime example of this type of content. As an individual composed of two separate Gem beings, Ruby and Sapphire, Garnet exhibits a fluid affective embodiment of both Gems’ personalities, as well as their gendered characteristics and affection for each other. By incorporating theories of queerness, affection, and gender into the realms of reality, fantasy, and science fiction, this analysis seeks to understand and advocate for the sociocultural value of illustrating queer and other-embodied individuals in popular media. Along with that, anyone who is interested in this kind of discussion is welcome to come and ask questions after the talk.

Christian Johnson, biology major, is excited for the event.

“As a member of the LGBTQ+ community and a lover of Steven Universe, this event is perfect for me. I enjoy watching the show and I love the messages it sends to people and the different kinds of love that each gem has for each other as well as Steven,” Johnson said. “It shows how no matter who you are, there are different kinds of love to be shown to everyone. So this event has me super excited.”

Angela Gray, English education and theater major, likes the representation the show provides the LGBTQ community.

“I am part of the LGBTQ+ community. There isn’t a whole lot of representation available for the community to be sent out, nor are there many opportunities for the community to be shown in front of impressionable minds,” Gray said. “Along with that, knowing that a cartoon, especially one that is known for its brave uses of fluidity, is putting forth the effort of giving this community outward value is amazing, and makes me wish that more shows and movies would place as much emphasis on this as other things, such as race and ethnicity.”

While Gray is excited by the representation in the show, she acknowledges that many challenges remain in the way.

“There are so many different types of representation that needs to happen and be shown, but it seems as though it won’t happen as quickly as we want it to, especially considering how this is seen by parents who might not be the ones that want their children to watch this,” Gray said.