I was age 6, and I thought she was so beautiful. But I was completely baffled by Samantha's willingness to marry dorky Darren, and to try to please him all the time.
My first feminist thought was: Why would a woman with that kind of power give it up for a man?
I also adored Samantha's mother, Endora, mostly because she constantly made fun of Darren. I can clearly remember thinking Samantha should keep her sweetness, but be powerful and exotic like Endora.
I didn't know what gay meant then, I just knew I loved Samantha. And if I married her, I'd let her be herself and use her magic.
I knew I could make her happy!
Yes, a witch pretending to be mortal just to please someone was a perfect metaphor for a lesbian growing up in the early 70's. I didn't figure that out until many years later.
By then, I understood how society worked, and would disguise my crushes by saying I wanted to be like a female character. Or that I "admired" a certain female actress. I disguised them even from myself.
But at age 6, I didn't have to lie to myself. It seemed perfectly normal wanting to marry Samantha.
Karen - Minnesota
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