Batman Oral Sex Ban

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Event: Batman Oral Sex Ban, Pussygate
Date(s): March 23, 2021
Fandom: DC Comics
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Batman Oral Sex Ban is an overnight fandom of fics and memes that started on June 14, 2021, after Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, two of the co-creators and executive producers of the adult animated series Harley Quinn, were interviewed by Variety:

“It’s incredibly gratifying and free to be using characters that are considered villains because you just have so much more leeway,” says Halpern. “A perfect example of that is in this third season of ‘Harley’ [when] we had a moment where Batman was going down on Catwoman. And DC was like, ‘You can’t do that. You absolutely cannot do that.’ They’re like, ‘Heroes don’t do that.’ So, we said, ‘Are you saying heroes are just selfish lovers?’ They were like, ‘No, it’s that we sell consumer toys for heroes. It’s hard to sell a toy if Batman is also going down on someone.’”


The idea that DC doesn't want Batman to give oral sex to Catwoman caused a strong reaction in fandom, with 'Heroes don’t do that' quickly turning into a catchphrase.

Fannish Reactions

Batman Begins but none of his ladies finish [2]



After news broke about DC's stance about Bruce Wayne and oral sex, a large conversation about it took place on Twitter. This is a sample of some of the tweets shared.

@mattapodaca-Batman Oral Sex Ban.png @HeirofSparda-Batman Oral Sex Ban.png @therealbigWALL-Batman Oral Sex Ban.png Screengrab of tweet from ArylaWhite that reads: 'I love how this Batman discourse isn't even discourse, it's overwhelming consensus that Batman can and should eat Pussy' @papasombra.png-Batman Oral Sex Ban.png "Screengrab of tweet from denimcatfish that reads: 'Gotham ladies feeling blue because Batman won't eat, call Batwoman.'" @Nick Hanover-Batman Oral Sex Ban.png

An essay by Emmet Asher-Perrin, titled Okay, Do Superheroes Bone or Not? appeared on on June 15, 2021, drawing over 60 comments in response.


Some authors responded by writing fic that featured Batman performing oral sex. On AO3, the Additional Tag Bruce Wayne Gives Oral Sex shows over 10 fics published under that tag in the months following the news breaking. As of February 19th 2022, Bruce Wayne Gives Oral Sex has 31 fics. Only 6 fics in the tag have a published date prior to June 14th 2021.

Many synonym tags for the canonical tag make reference to the ban.

AO3 Tag Bruce Wayne Gives Oral Sex.png

Fan Vids





  1. ^ See: How ‘WandaVision,’ ‘The Umbrella Academy,’ ‘Harley Quinn’ Subvert the Superhero Genre, Archived version
  2. ^ The tweet is a play on the movie title, "Batman Begins." Batman Begins, Archived version by Malik (June14, 2021)
  3. ^ The post is a reaction to animus rox's tumblr post Bon Voyage, Pussy, Archived version