But what of the people who stay where they're put, planted like flowers with roots underfoot?
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roane72:

worriedaboutmyfern:

This morning I’m thinking about manpain. Specifically, superhero angst.

Specifically Batman. And Captain America.

As a digression, I feel like what distinguishes “manpain” from just regular pain is not so much the man but the shooting directions. Like, you know it’s manpain when the camera goes into tight closeup on their clenched jaw, or when they are shot backlit in an alley with smoke swirling around their feet. Or with a big fire blazing behind them. Or if they are trudging through a crowded cityscape that’s all black and white and they are the only ones in color.

Case in point: this is Batman. His parents are dead. It’s very sad. He has a lot of manpain.

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Because of all his pain, Batman is not fully able to trust anyone. He pushes everyone away. Sometimes he lashes out against those closest to him.

This is Batman at Christmas time.

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Batman is not ever going to go to therapy and deal with his trust issues, or talk about whether he might have something like depression and whether it might respond to medication, even though he could definitely afford it because he is a billionaire. He’s not going to do these things because of editorial decree.

"They put on a cape and cowl for a reason," says DC co-publisher Dan Didio. "They’re committed to defending others — at the sacrifice of all their own personal instincts. That’s something we reinforce. If you look at every one of the characters in the Batman family, their personal lives kind of suck.”

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Okay. This is Captain America. His parents are dead too. Actually, almost everybody he ever knew is dead, because he got frozen for seventy years.

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(By the way if you do a Google image search for “Captain America Punching Bag,” Google will show you some stuff and will also, right at the top, helpfully prompt you with a couple other search terms that you’re probably interested in: “Chris Evans” and “Butt.”)

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(A++ Google, carry on.)

Anyway, so Captain America has a lot of manpain too.

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Because he’s grieving and lonely, Captain America works hard at forming connections with the new people he meets. He doesn’t understand their frame of cultural reference, so he diligently follows up whenever somebody gives him a book or movie or other kind of recommendation.

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He visits a support group for veterans.

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He also checks in with his teammates regularly, and makes sure they know that he cares about them. He listens to their problems and offers his support.

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So my point here is pretty simple. I think the Captain America characterization is a lot more interesting and complex. It just gets boring to have a character like Batman who is always going to have the same shit because he’s never gonna deal with his shit because he’s not allowed to deal with his shit. By contrast, Steve Rogers is warm and human and adult and fucken’ heroic. He’s got shit too but he mans up and carries it the best he can.

Both Batman and Captain America are actually team leaders, but Batman isn’t allowed to be a very good one because he also has to be a brooding loner who hangs out on top of gargoyles most of the time. Preferably in the rain.

Captain America gets rained on, too. The difference, I think, is that at some point he would go out and buy an umbrella.

Captain America gets rained on, too. The difference, I think, is that at some point he would go out and buy an umbrella.

THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS ^^^^

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turnofthecentury:

A Female Mason Perched High above Berlin (c. 1910)
With the rise of industrialization, the number of German women who worked outside the home also increased. This usually meant factory work. But in some families with their own businesses, daughters also learned a trade so that they could help out: here, we see a master-mason’s daughter during the renovation work on the old city hall tower in Berlin. via GHDI 

turnofthecentury:

A Female Mason Perched High above Berlin (c. 1910)

With the rise of industrialization, the number of German women who worked outside the home also increased. This usually meant factory work. But in some families with their own businesses, daughters also learned a trade so that they could help out: here, we see a master-mason’s daughter during the renovation work on the old city hall tower in Berlin.
via GHDI 

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So my girlfriend and I were discussing Lord of the Rings and Macbeth, as you do, and wondered - what if the big reveal about Macduff was actually a whole "I AM NO MAN" thing, in response to the "no man of woman born" prophecy? And the Macduffs were actually two women in a relationship, with children?
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shakespeaker:

fuckyeahqueershakespeare:

From what I recall, both “I AM NO MAN” and “Fangorn Forest is coming to Isengard” were both direct reactions to Tolkien being disappointed in the opportunities Shakespeare missed with Macbeth. So, basically, yes. Yes to everything.

I further posit: trans woman Macduff. Think about it. That is all.

I love everything about this.

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marblechemist:

labyrinth-of-lucifer:

I really fucking hate it when guys act like marriage is literally the end of their lives like if it’s so fucking bad, and you hate it so much, don’t get fucking married and put your spouse through hell because you’re shit. If you feel trapped you’re doing it wrong.

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