Mother Jones: Superpowers as a Disease

March 2nd, 2011  |  by  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  2 Comments

Mother Jones

I have no idea what this Mother Jones interview is about, but it’s funny, and at least some of it has to do with children, albeit ones with undesirable super-powers, so therefore, I feel justified in running it at DadWagon:

MJ: If a superhero has sex with a woman who doesn’t know he’s a superhero—say Clark Kent, rather than Superman—can she sue if the child turns out to have undesirable uncontrollable superpowers?

JD: I don’t think so. I mean I’m not positive, but I would think that by analogy to, for example, someone who knows that they are the carrier to a hereditary disease.

RD: Yeah, a hereditary condition is different than a disease. If you know you have a disease and you give to someone else through sex and you know you have it, that’s a crime.

Read the whole thing, and perhaps explain it to me.


  1. TechyDad says:

    March 4th, 2011at 1:56 pm(#)

    It’s an interview with the founders of the Law and the Multiverse blog ( ). They’re lawyers who are also interested in comic books and discuss how various comic book issues/situations would play out in our current legal system. It’s quite interesting. (Though saddening as it shows that a real-life superhero wouldn’t be anywhere near as successful as Batman, Superman or Spider-Man.)

  2. dadwagon says:

    March 4th, 2011at 4:36 pm(#)

    Neat, in a litigious-culture sort of way. –Theodore.

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