And that responsibility is to help those who can’t help themselves, not to prove how butch he is by pounding some dude’s face into goo. Once by Private Lorraine, once by Peggy Carter and once by Natasha Romanova. I mean, are you seriously going to look at someone who can quite literally command a and say that because he’s never entered the holiest of holies (or ridden the baloney pony, for that matter) he’s less of a man for it? It doesn’t mean that he’s any less of a man because you can count the number of girlfriend’s he’s had on the fingers of one foot because it’s not a measure of his worth…
But it’s not Steve’s restraint or resistance to violence that makes him an example of positive masculinity. In fact, we know how much sexual experience Steve’s had. It’s almost as though his sexual experience has absolutely nothing to do with his masculinity… and that’s something that’s been part of his personality since the beginning.
A man out of time, even; dropped from his time into the present day.
It’s a surprisingly common trope in fiction – using a character from the past to comment on the cultural and social mores of the present.
In the midst of an alien-fucking-invasion, his first instinct is to ensure the protection of the most vulnerable people around him. But his strength isn’t the strength of his muscles, it’s the strength of his soul and his core.
He was given that power and like a certain web-head, he understands that with great power comes great responsibility. And yet, nobody would question Cap’s status as a man, no?
– he focuses on doing what he always intended to do in the first place: helping others in need. Physical strength, a capacity for violence and the willingness to use it are among of the core tenets of toxic masculinity.It often ties into a belief that previous generations had it right and that ours has lost its way, as well as providing comfortable, distinct sign posts and guides for behavior.Ironically enough, however, this man from the past is a beacon for being a man For a man born in the 20s and raised in the 30s, Rogers is actually an excellent example of what non-toxic masculinity in the modern day.He quite literally threw himself on a grenade in order to save his unit during basic training.When it became clear that the only way to save the US from the Red Skull’s super-weapon, he rode that sucker into the ground in order to make sure that nobody else would get hurt.