Captain America: The Winter Soldier: grimdark is lazy, good is hard work and Jewish American superheroes

kerrypolka:

First I know nothing about Marvel comics: all my context I got from the films Thor (delightful) and Avengers Assemble (remember very little except it had good jokes and the final action scene was too long), and reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

I went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night because of this which I saw a few people reblog:

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(okay and also all the gifsets of Sebastian Stan crying. I WAS MIS-SOLD ON THIS FOR THE RECORD, THERE IS LITTLE TO NO CRYING AND ALSO HIS HAIR IS AWFUL.)

If Kavalier and Clay taught me anything it’s threesomes are the best solutions to love triangles Jewish-American cartoonists in the 1930s and early ’40s were all over inventing subversively American heroes to fight Hitler, and I was very unsurprised when I got home and looked it up to learn that Captain America was created by two Jewish guys too. (I know this is really basic comics history stuff and I’m sure fifty people have written dissertations on “He’s A Mensch: The Jewish Identities of Captain America and Superman” or whatever.) What really slotted everything into place was realising that Captain America was created and entered on a cover punching Hitler in the face before America had entered the war.

Basically (right?) Captain America was created by two Jewish-Americans to shame the US into properly fighting Hitler.

Like, I am Captain America, the America you say you want to be, and I challenge you to put your money where your mouth is and actually do something about it. And yes he’s over-the-top and tacky but that’s where the challenge is, right? The chest-thumping American patriotism says “We are good and spread liberty! And also freedom!” and Captain America is like “great! I am that, and I have to point out you are not actually doing that”.

AND I think this is Jewishly on purpose, and here’s why:

Judaism has this important phrase/concept/slogan/life motto from the third-century-ish text Pirkei Avot, which goes: Lo alecha hamlacha ligmor (it’s not to you to complete the work of repairing the world) v’lo atah ben chorin l’hivatel mimena (but neither may you desist from it). You won’t be able to fix the world by yourself, or in your lifetime, but that doesn’t absolve you of responsibility to work towards it.

I feel like grimdark/anti-heroes are a response to the fact that the world is neither good nor moral, like “well if the world isn’t like that, I won’t be either”. But they’re also excuses for not working towards fixing the world: I won’t bother because it’s all fucked anyway. Lo alecha and Captain America say, yes, it is fucked, but you still have to work towards fixing it. And yes, it’s hard, that’s why it’s called work.

Which is why I think saying “Oh, if Captain America represents the US he should be a dick, because the US is a dick” or “Captain America is an imperialist symbol of US superiority and is therefore bad” are both off base and a dodge of having to do that hard work.  

"If Cap = America then Cap = dick because America = dick" is basically just throwing hands up and going "right but guys have you noticed that actually America is imperialist and horrible? DO YOU SEE?!” and implying “so what can you do about that, right?”. Captain America says, “Try to make it better! is what you can do!”

And about saying he’s a symbol of US imperial superiority, I mean, he is a symbol of America but aimed as a criticism at real America.  He’s the American ideal cranked up to five million - for the purpose of shaming America for not living up to what it says it wants to be. And he is aimed at Americans, so I can see a criticism for him being US-centric in that metanarrative sense, but he’s yelling at America to sort their shit out and I think him yelling at non-USAmericans to sort their shit out would be much worse? But I definitely don’t think Cap is supposed to be about how great America is, he’s about pointing out exactly in what ways and how much America is failing to be great. And then saying “but, that doesn’t mean you get out of trying harder!”

Also, how great is it that his ‘weapon’ is a shield.

so um that’s what I thought about when I saw The Winter Solder last night. that and biceps.

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thecityhorse:

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chekhovs:

The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily so they can meet their quota of getting FREE FOOD donated every day to abused and neglected animals in their shelters.
It takes less than a minute (only about 15 seconds actually) to go to their site and click on the purple box titled, ‘Click Here to Give - it’s FREE!’. Every click gives about .6 bowls of food to sheltered dogs. You can also click daily!
Keep in mind that this does not cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising. [via.]
Go to the website HERE.

It’s just a click… takes about 1 or 2 seconds.

there’s no pop-up ads or anything on the site
just click it once and you’re done

if all of my followers click, it’s more than a few thousand meals so.. please?

thecityhorse:

adriofthedead:

swearbythefrecklesonthemoon:

chekhovs:

The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily so they can meet their quota of getting FREE FOOD donated every day to abused and neglected animals in their shelters.

It takes less than a minute (only about 15 seconds actually) to go to their site and click on the purple box titled, ‘Click Here to Give - it’s FREE!’. Every click gives about .6 bowls of food to sheltered dogs. You can also click daily!

Keep in mind that this does not cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising. [via.]

Go to the website HERE.

It’s just a click… takes about 1 or 2 seconds.

there’s no pop-up ads or anything on the site

just click it once and you’re done

if all of my followers click, it’s more than a few thousand meals so.. please?

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luna-nix:

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not just followers, everyone.

same

I’m here if any of you need to talk<3

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The best part is, this post actually does something, it offers support, unlike one of those useless “reblog if you care” posts.

Exactly. Which is why I’ll reblog this one.

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antiquecompass:

So I have to randomly ramble about Sam’s career choice pre-film in the MCU real quick

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sailorsoldiersofjustice:

shezzablue:

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jesseproch:

emt-monster:

Please reblog if you know anyone who might take party drugs.

I’m not an emt yet, but everytime I see someone do drugs, I just hope they’re smart enough to remember these points.

I really love this, because as someone with anxiety when I did take party drugs way back when I was always scared of going to the hospital because I didnt want to be arrested…..even when I bad tripped and cried in the bathroom for 10 hours because I thought Jeff was trying to murder me. I dont do party drugs anymore, but it still is comforting to me….seriously.

Most EMTS and medics I’ve met are some of the most non-judgmental folks ever. Look, we love helping people and saving lives. That’s what we went to school for. Help us help you, and everyone will fare better for it. 

Important to pass along :)

~Pluto

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markdoesstuff:

knitmeapony:

Oh lord.

oh my god

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DO NOT SUPPORT JELLY BELLY THIS EASTER

waitingfordesire:

Jelly Belly Chairman donates $5000 to help turn back the rights of trans kids in California to use the bath room and change rooms of their gender identity, not assigned sex.
Source: THE AGE

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himteckerjam:

lalondes:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T SCROLL PAST THIS.
Scarleteen is a vital queer and trans positive sexual health resource. Their staff do an amazing job of creating really comprehensive and helpful articles on literally every sexual topic you can imagine. They also provide live chats, advice columns, moderated discussion forums, and SMS-based peer support. This site has helped me on countless occasions, and I refer at-risk queer and trans kids to this site every single day.
Scarleteen is invaluable.
And Scarleteen needs your help.
During their annual donation drive this year, the site was only able to raise $1,500. Only fifty people out of Scarleteen’s 350,000 unique monthly visitors contributed to the fundraising drive.
This means that unless Scarleteen sees a stable, sustained, 50% increase in donations, the site will essentially be forced to go dark on May 1. No more new content, no more advice columns, no more forums, no more live chat, no more SMS support. 
This is devastating.
If Scarleteen goes dark, millions of young people, vulnerable queer and trans teens among them, will lose access to essential, fundamental sexual health resources. We cannot let this happen.
Please, please, please donate to Scarleteen. Consider making a recurring monthly contribution if you feel that this is within your means. Even $5 or $10 a month will go a long way to helping this very, very deserving organization.
And whether or not you’re able to donate at this time, please signal boost this and spread the word. Scarleteen does incredible, very necessary work, and they need our help.

Dude, Scarleteen saved my shit back in the day. They’ve been around since 1998 and I assure you, they deserve every single penny you can throw at them!

himteckerjam:

lalondes:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T SCROLL PAST THIS.

Scarleteen is a vital queer and trans positive sexual health resource. Their staff do an amazing job of creating really comprehensive and helpful articles on literally every sexual topic you can imagine. They also provide live chats, advice columns, moderated discussion forums, and SMS-based peer support. This site has helped me on countless occasions, and I refer at-risk queer and trans kids to this site every single day.

Scarleteen is invaluable.

And Scarleteen needs your help.

During their annual donation drive this year, the site was only able to raise $1,500. Only fifty people out of Scarleteen’s 350,000 unique monthly visitors contributed to the fundraising drive.

This means that unless Scarleteen sees a stable, sustained, 50% increase in donations, the site will essentially be forced to go dark on May 1. No more new content, no more advice columns, no more forums, no more live chat, no more SMS support. 

This is devastating.

If Scarleteen goes dark, millions of young people, vulnerable queer and trans teens among them, will lose access to essential, fundamental sexual health resources. We cannot let this happen.

Please, please, please donate to Scarleteen. Consider making a recurring monthly contribution if you feel that this is within your means. Even $5 or $10 a month will go a long way to helping this very, very deserving organization.

And whether or not you’re able to donate at this time, please signal boost this and spread the word. Scarleteen does incredible, very necessary work, and they need our help.

Dude, Scarleteen saved my shit back in the day. They’ve been around since 1998 and I assure you, they deserve every single penny you can throw at them!

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sansasturk:

SIGNAL BOOST!!!!

This video might be the most clever way to raise money for dogs in need, because all you need to do is watch it.

"Just by watching these puppies, you’re raising money for dogs in need," says the narrator in the video above. "You see, if a video goes viral, YouTube shares the money they made from advertising with whoever made the video, and in this case, every dollar we earn will go toward feeding, treating and finding homes for dogs who haven’t been as lucky as us."

The video comes from The Pedigree Adoption Drive, and ends by imploring viewers to share because the more views received, the more money will be raised.

So share this video. You know, for the dogs.

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lizawithazed:

player-offline:

Hope Corgi is my favorite comic book character.

blue lanterns are the best lanterns

Oh good, there are non-human Terran Lanterns besides Dex-Starr. That’s good.

Do the two ever interact?

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v-p-potts:

forlackofabetteroption:

sometonyfeels:

Sometimes I just think about the incredible amount of pain Tony Stark must go through every day; the pain of just being alive because he has an arc reactor wired into his chest, taking up the space where his thymus and upper right atrium if his heart should be, as well as his sternum, which is meant to protect those very organs. Imagine if someone hugs him too tight? Or, if something hits him in the chest and his arc reactor just rips through his body, crushing his vena cava, the branches of his aorta, his thymus, his trachea, his bronchi, his esophagus, his spine, his heart for god’s sake? He has a metal nuclear generator wired into his ribcage…how does his skin heal around it? How tightly does it hold? What is the pain like? Is that why he drinks, to numb the pain? Is that why he drives himself to exhaustion? Because he’s living a chronic pain nightmare every day. The suit and him are one, because when he’s using the suit, the arc reactor is keeping alive more than it is killing him. Tony is Iron Man, because if he weren’t made of stronger stuff, he would be dead.

[[ This. This is what I’m talking about—He feels the difference. Because it isn’t like a donor organ. He can feel that thing in his chest. He can feel the metal grinding, he can feel the weight of the brace and housing unit, he can feel everything, and guess what? It’s fucking painful. Oh sure, you can get used to something over a period of time, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. That doesn’t mean sometimes when he twists the wrong goddamn way, or gets in a fight which would ordinarily leave him with a couple of careless bruises, that it doesn’t ache beyond anything—And know what? He lives with it. He shuts up, he deals with it, and he continues to put himself in situations where he can be hurt, because he’s a stronger man than he gives himself credit for, and more self sacrificing, and he’ll never see it in himself. Reasons why Tony Stark is, and always will be, my hero. ]]



Wow. Well, that should be explored through fic! Maybe some post-IM3 reminiscing, or maybe talking it out with Bruce or something. Anyone got any recs?

v-p-potts:

forlackofabetteroption:

sometonyfeels:

Sometimes I just think about the incredible amount of pain Tony Stark must go through every day; the pain of just being alive because he has an arc reactor wired into his chest, taking up the space where his thymus and upper right atrium if his heart should be, as well as his sternum, which is meant to protect those very organs. Imagine if someone hugs him too tight? Or, if something hits him in the chest and his arc reactor just rips through his body, crushing his vena cava, the branches of his aorta, his thymus, his trachea, his bronchi, his esophagus, his spine, his heart for god’s sake? He has a metal nuclear generator wired into his ribcage…how does his skin heal around it? How tightly does it hold? What is the pain like? Is that why he drinks, to numb the pain? Is that why he drives himself to exhaustion? Because he’s living a chronic pain nightmare every day. The suit and him are one, because when he’s using the suit, the arc reactor is keeping alive more than it is killing him. Tony is Iron Man, because if he weren’t made of stronger stuff, he would be dead.

[[ This. This is what I’m talking about—He feels the difference. Because it isn’t like a donor organ. He can feel that thing in his chest. He can feel the metal grinding, he can feel the weight of the brace and housing unit, he can feel everything, and guess what? It’s fucking painful. Oh sure, you can get used to something over a period of time, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. That doesn’t mean sometimes when he twists the wrong goddamn way, or gets in a fight which would ordinarily leave him with a couple of careless bruises, that it doesn’t ache beyond anything—And know what? He lives with it. He shuts up, he deals with it, and he continues to put himself in situations where he can be hurt, because he’s a stronger man than he gives himself credit for, and more self sacrificing, and he’ll never see it in himself.

Reasons why Tony Stark is, and always will be, my hero. ]]

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Wow. Well, that should be explored through fic! Maybe some post-IM3 reminiscing, or maybe talking it out with Bruce or something. Anyone got any recs?

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asker

Anonymous asked: You still taking Hydrocodone Theater requests? It occurred to me today that Steve's probably never heard of the Grinch, and that Tony probably references it a lot around Christmas.

copperbadge:

While I don’t have the chops to actually write this one, I will point out that Theodore Geisel’s career began with political cartooning, ad graphics, and humorous illustration in 1927, and by 1940 he had published several books including Horton Hatches The Egg and the semi-pornographic The Seven Lady Godivas, publishers not being as discerning about branding back then. Steve definitely owned a copy, not because of the naked ladies but because of how captivatingly weird they looked. 

As a propagandist for the early war effort, Geisel met Steve when he was in New York at the height of the bond sales show. When he got to be head of a military animation department they met again so that Steve could do the voice for an animated short about Captain America’s War Effort. One day, while Steve was recording his lines, Ted snitched his notebook out of his bag and turned to a clean page, drawing a classic Seuss-style Captain America with a puffed out chest and a strange fuzzy topknot to his helmet. They got on swimmingly in the short time they had working together; Geisel was passionately anti-fascist and his cartoons about US complacency over Hitler were biting, and Steve had always read the lefty papers where his work showed up. 

So the first time Steve sat down to watch How The Grinch Stole Christmas with the team, because Clint called Tony a grinch and Thor asked what a grich was, he saw his old pal Dr. Seuss’s name on the title. He felt a stab of familiarity, like a rope thrown to a drowning man, when he saw those feathery, fuzzy, awkward-limbed creatures of Ted Geisel’s imagination cavorting on the screen. And it was totally okay to cry at the end because everyone was crying, even if they were doing it because of the Grinch’s heart and he was doing it over how much he would have liked to have laughed about it with Ted. 

A couple of days later, Natasha gave him a first-printing of The Sneetches for Christmas.

It’s not well known that the very small collectible first edition had a dedication reading For Steve, Who Never Gave A Toot Over Who Had A Star Upon Thars

Oops. Guess I wrote it anyway. 

HYDROCODONE MIDNIGHT THEATRE #7: THE HORRIBLE ONE. 

asker

emir-dynamite asked: 14, 9, 33

9: Talk about little things on your body that you like the most.

I have a beauty mark above the left edge of my mouth; I’ve always kind of liked it.

14: Talk about a vacation.

What immediately jumps to mind is when I visited friends in Portugal almost 10 years ago. We visited the Moorish castles, where I was jotting in my notebook the entire time; same at Cabo da Roca, though the wind made it harder. I remember staring down into a marble quarry and across a field of cork trees. We would have made it to Spain but for a kid putting diesel in the rental cars. We went to CascaiShopping at least once, and I think the crepe place there is where I accidentally sliced my thumb with a plastic fork. It was an amazing few weeks.

33: Talk about what you do when you are sad.

Bury myself in something entertaining.

Reblog if you would like to be asked questions about your OTPs

uchidachi:

my dash is dead right now, so i’m bringing this back

I don’t do much with OTPs, but plenty of ships.

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OH MY GOD YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS

OK THERES THIS YOUNG WOMAN RIGHT

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AND SHE HAS A MOM

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AND SHE TAKES CARE OF HER MOM

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AND PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS ASKING THIS YOUNG WOMAN TO WATCH THEIR KIDS

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they even ambush her in the grocery store

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and she’s always praying to the Creator asking why he cursed her

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and then one night he shows up thinking he has all the answers

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but does he?

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well, maybe a few

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but they might not be the ones she’s looking for

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but maybe there are still good thing in store

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JUST WATCH THE DAMN THING

THE CREATOR WEARS STRIPED SILK PAJAMAS

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