i reFUSE TO BELIEVE NO ONE IN THE 40’S WANTED THIS PUNK ASS BLOND HAIR BLUE EYED MOTHERFUCKER
LOOK AT HIM
LOOK HOW PRET TY
Ok, I’m gonna be a dick for a second, because this is it. This is my pet peeve right here.
One of the most problematic things about Captain America’s origin story is that it’s a body wish-fulfillment narrative: the skinny, scrawny, Irish guy who women are afraid, in Steve’s words, “they might step on,” becomes a brawny, suspiciously Aryan-ideal powerhouse. That’s a huge problem for anyone trying to write Steve’s story, because we can now recognize (or I hope we can recognize) that even though it’s a narrative that pays lip service to the idea that heroism rests in even the most unloved of bodies, what that story actually delivers is a body that panders to all our most mainstream and most suspect desires.
(By the way, anyone who pops in here to say that America didn’t have creepy racist anti-semitic Aryan ideals in the 30s and 40s, I will fight you. With a stack of history books.)
So I think it’s very clever on the part of the Winter Soldier writers that they revisit Steve’s old body a couple times: in the flashback at the training camp, and in this scene with Bucky. It reminds us that what we most value about Steve is not his body after all.
But that doesn’t mean we should erase the problematic narrative here by presuming that everyone in the 30s and 40s was an idiot for not being attracted to Steve, because it’s actually pointing us to something crucial about our own lives. Steve’s pre-serum body isn’t actually that undervalued in contemporary American culture anymore; look at all the love that gets showered on skinny white guys like Dane Dehaan, Tom Felton, or Joseph Gordon-Levitt. If we’re looking for bodies that are just as undervalued now as Steve’s skinny Irish body was back then, we should be looking for Captain Americas who look like this:
[Above: Vishavjit Singh dressed in the classic Cap uniform, standing in a New York subway stairwell. The A on his turban fits neatly into the row of letters indicating available subway lines.] [x]
[Above: Raena Lamont, 3, at a polling center in New York, dressed in a classic Cap uniform that’s been modified to have a sparkly tulle skirt and a cutout mask that leaves room for her pigtails. She’s walking toward the camera but looking somewhere off-screen.] [x, photo #53]
[Above: Isaiah Bradley Captain America cosplay by cosplayer Eddie, HeroesCon 2010. He’s preparing to throw a punch and holding his shield up as a guard. There are autographs all over the shield.] [x]
[Above: Cosplayer Foxsilong in the WWII-era Cap uniform with a star on the helmet and bike goggles. She appears to be mid-stride, possibly throwing a punch toward the camera.] [x]
These are the people whose bodies are treated now the way Steve’s was then, or worse—often much worse. And if we as a culture aren’t falling all over ourselves to hold up these people as the faces of American heroism, maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to feel good about ourselves for being attracted to Steve Rogers, serum or no serum.
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Marvel took two Jewish-Romani characters and made them volunteer for experimentation by Nazi scientists
That’s it. There’s no justifying or excuses or story work arounds to be had. It doesn’t matter they aren’t Magneto’s children in the MCU. It doesn’t matter that they aren’t mutants. It doesn’t matter what reasons Agents of SHIELD or Cap 2 or Avengers 2 gives to try and distance Hydra from the Nazi party. It doesn’t matter what Pietro and Wanda Maximoff say or do in Age of Ultron.
Marvel made Jewish-Roman characters agree to be experimented on by Nazi scientists
That is an insult to every Jewish or Romani writer to ever work on a Marvel book, to every Jewish or Romani fan of comics who saw themselves in the Maximoffs, to every single survivor’s memory who walked away from the Holocaust to then have popular culture throw that narrative back at them and implicate the victim in the perpetrator’s scheme
I don’t even want to hear what excuses you or Marvel have to justify it
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Please tell me that this is lies :.(
no lies, both aaron and elizabeth confirmed they volunteered, and aaron also used the g slur to identify the maximoffs
i think your favourite boy from ouran high school host club says a lot about you
Liz: Was just talking w/ my friend Alex about what a plot twist it would be if the Firelord was nerdier than expected
Liz: like nerdier than Tenzin
Liz: Like a LARPing, airbrushed wolf t-shirt wearing, legitimate nerd.
heather: it’d be great if she was that nerdy but talked like mai
Liz: oh GOD
heather: monotonely stating the lore of some rpg
kalei: so if she’s Tina
I can just hear Zuko a la Bob, ”Ah, God.”
Imma just let this sit here
MOTHA FUCKIN SCIENCE
They turned RNA into an anti-virus program. That is amazing.