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Harry Knowles wrestles a Heroes "moral quandary"

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 6th 2006 5:49PM
Hayden PanettiereHarry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News has struck upon a fanboy quandary worthy of "how could Lois Lane have Superman's baby because her uterus would burst when the superbaby kicked?"

The application of geek hyperlogic often results in finding the superhero loophole. In this case, the superhero in question is Heroes' regenerating, resuscitating cheerleader Claire Bennet. Harry's question asks that if she is infinitely repairable, at the age when her cellular growth would be complete and, as a virgin, wouldn't her broken hymen infinitely repair itself? The discomfort of this would turn her off from having sex with men so she would be a virgin, cheerleading 17 year-old lesbian forever.

I suppose the "moral" part of Harry's quandary comes from the fact that the character is only 17, but he is quick to point out that this is above the age of consent in Texas where her character is located. It's good he looked into the state-by-state age of consent laws. Otherwise, people might think he was perv or something.

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1) Most women do not have hymens that completely block access to the vaginal canal. Those that do have to have a surgical procedure to allow the passage of menstrual blood. Also, the hymen is not a definite, identifiable feature in all women, and it it ranges in "quality" from delicate and easily broken to elastic to quite rigid.

2) This whole thread reminds me of Larry Niven's classic essay, "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex": http://www.rawbw.com/~svw/superman.html

November 07 2006 at 12:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great, now this site is tainted by TheFanboySiteThatShallNotBeNamed.

November 06 2006 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"theoretically, there can be no point at which any part of her body *could* die. So how can Clair have hair and skin and fingernails and anything else that is "dead" but still attached to your average human being?

Well, skin isn't really dead. It's only dead when it flakes off. I suppose her skin does not flake off and she always retains the same skin. Hair grows because it is alive at the follicle root so I guess her hair could be considered alive, but not Medussa like, since she has no motor control over it. The same would hold true with nails.

Still, it is her as a whole that does not die, so who is to say that her hair, nails and skin don't do the same as the rest of us. After all, we all regenerate these things and don't need super powers to do so. Claire's regenerative powers only seem to kick in when any part of her gets damaged. Otherwise she appears to be like a normal teen that needs to eat, drink and breathe.

November 06 2006 at 9:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV

This is a pretty typical observation for MR. Knowles. It just goes with the territory.

November 06 2006 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like to refer back to the saying "The diffrence between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense."

There so many things in this world we can't explain yet most of us hardly give a deep thought to it. Yet we feel the need to make sense of everything we see on a tv show.

November 06 2006 at 8:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just proves what a geek Harry is. He assumes all women hated their "first time."

November 06 2006 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Cheerleader

You know, before I answer any more questions there's something I wanted to say. Having received all your letters over the years, and I've spoken to many of you, and some of you have traveled... y'know... hundreds of miles to be here, I'd just like to say... GET A LIFE, will you people? I mean, for crying out loud, it's just a TV show! I mean, look at you, look at the way you're dressed! You've turned an enjoyable little job, that I did as a lark for a few years, into a COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME!

November 06 2006 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Actually, this came up in the book "Mendoza in Hollywood," where the immortal main character hadn't had sex for a few centuries and discovers the next time that she wants to get down that it had grown back. It seems like as long as she keeps having lots and lots of PIV sex, the hymen doesn't grow back, but when she goes celibate, it returns. So maybe that's how it might work for Claire?

November 06 2006 at 6:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It seems there are limits to her regeneration ability. As long as she still had the stick in her neck/head, she was dead. So maybe....something, I got nothing.
Also how are they going to kill her? Seems someone could pull "the" stick out of her head or push are missing parts together and they would repair or come together.

November 06 2006 at 6:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Pushing Tony C's comment to the next level.

Can't we cut her down the middle and separate the halves wait a while and have 2 Cheerleaders.

November 06 2006 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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