Something about Caitlin

I think Caitlin Snow turning out to be an intersex werewolf on the Flash, especially if the new shapeshifting power came from being fused with a female wolf that does, could have profound effects on fiction as well as her subsequent presentation and reception. Consider confluences such as Marvel Comics and if you will, Killing Bites.

DC may have the first female werewolf in House of Mystery but Marvel has the first recurring female STEM character turned animal (Tigra) and the first recurring female werewolf in Rahne Sinclair. Tigra was even going to be a werewolf which in a way underscores what’ll become of Caitlin Snow.

Then you add in Killing Bites, which is fairly popular among some anime circles and has animal girls but one that goes beyond the usual ear and tail combination. In fact, not only some develop paws and actual fur but also snouts. There’s even a dog girl!

I guess if any of these happened at the same time frame (2018-2019), we’d see not only a growing tolerance for slightly furrier women (Killing Bites and Caitlin being reinvented as a werewolf) but also a more consistently beastly looking Tigra.

Whether or not Tigra’s furry’s up to anybody’s guess but more bestial renditions do intermittently exist, starting with Giant Size Monsters (I guess they got rid of the cat ears as it made her seem too furry for their tastes) as well as a West Coast Avengers storyline (and Marvel Mangaverse too).

Such confluences would be enough to not only allow Caitlin to be reinvented as a werewolf but also a more consistently bestial looking Tigra. That and a trend of geek girls gone wild.

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Before Werewolf Caitlin

I think should Caitlin Snow ever become a werewolf on the Flash, let’s talk about her predecessor at DC’s rival. Though DC technically did beat Marvel to a punch by having a female werewolf first in House of Mystery, it’s Marvel that has a recurring female werewolf in the form of Rahne Sinclair. As you see in the comics, though she was never a big player the way Wolverine and Jean Grey are, she’s a solid addition to every spinoff X-team.

She also had her own mini-series in Rahne of Terra. She’s even made appearances outside of comics and is going to appear in the New Mutants movie. However with the NM movie postponed and if Caitlin were to get outed as a werewolf on the CW, despite right after revealing that she’s intersex that would make Caitlin the more (in)famous of the two.

Since I think writers will use Caitlin’s newfound lycanthropy/shapeshifting into making her do worse, she’d be the ‘bad girl’ version of Wolfsbane. Conversely speaking, not only was Marvel’s Tigra going to be a werewolf (and like what’ll happen to Caitlin, she too was originally involved in STEM) but she’s the heroic precursor to DC’s Barbara Minevra.

DC had the Cheetah right before Tigra ever appeared but just not in the form later readers would be exposed to especially in the 1980s. Logically, as I said, DC already had a female werewolf but the original recurring female werewolf in a superhero franchise (assuming if Caitlin ever becomes one in the Flash) goes to X-Men.

Since Caitlin Snow’s better known that her precursor Rahne Sinclair, if the former becomes the werewolf then she ends up as the first and foremost thing to come in mind when it comes to female werewolves in superhero media. Even if Rahne Sinclair got there first.

Discoveries

Discoveries of Pangur understanding

People and dogs not understanding them

When not socialised to them themselves

All the Bilen and Ongota cats are male

All the Amharic cats are gender-optional

As with their Afar counterparts too and

Documents of poor dogs suffering under

Endless, relentless papal abuse today

And the union between heterodox

Muslims and mainstream Christians.

The real issue

I suspect the real issue with the many varieties of Wolaitta and its ilk is that there’s no real standardised version of that language. The same can be said of any other language in the world. Sometimes the lines between dialect and language aren’t so clear, especially for certain reasons. Scots is and might technically be a separate language altogether, albeit one not recognised and standardised as much as English is.

To whatever degree despite certain differences between the English used in the Commonwealth and the one in America. There’s even been talk whether if Ganta (a dialect of Gamo) counts as a separate language or not. Conversely speaking, one could go on saying that Modern Turkish, Turkmen and Uzbek are all dialects of the original Turkish language.

That and Italian (actually Tuscan) was one of the many Italian languages that not only got popularised due to Florence’s economy at the time but also got standardised and used to unify most of Italy. If Italian’s any indication, the more prestigious a certain dialect is the more it gets popularised, standardised and prioritised above others.

The same could happen if Ganta got prioritised as the main Gamo dialect or Afar for Saho-Afar or any other language in general if history’s any indication.

Linguists

Linguists surveying Ethiopia of all

Things, the locals and their cats

Most cats are male or gender-optional

In many of their dialogues and tongues

Dogs originally considered more

Feminine, as they’ve discovered today.

Werewolf Cait

Like I said, if Caitlin Snow were to be outed as an intersex werewolf on the Flash she’d become the foremost female werewolf in superhero lore and eventually pop culture in general due to the sheer controversy she generated in her time there.

The revelation that Caitlin Snow’s intersex (androgen insensitivity) right before being fused with a shapeshifting female wolf from which the former now starts rampaging more often under different guises and her apparently close similarity with Caitlyn Jenner would be enough to anger people.

Caitlin’s not the first female werewolf in American comics. There could’ve been much earlier examples with DC’s House of Mystery having the earliest surviving example of one. Marvel’s X-Men has the earliest recurring female werewolf in Rahne Sinclair, who’s even a heroine.

But since Caitlin’s a major recurring character in the Flash, if she ever does become a werewolf she’ll be the first major recurring female werewolf in superhero lore and since she’s so controversial she’d be the foremost female werewolf in the general public.