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look im not saying that kissing bucky would have restored all his memories im just saying steve could have at least tried
Favorite thing of the moment: the unspoken consensus, based on a cursory and unscientific study of the relevant porn on AO3, that if you’re going to bang Captain America you’re probably going to end up shoving him down onto the nearest available surface and riding his dick off into the sunset
It’s hilarious because it’s almost universal, totally unacknowledged, and it’s exactly where my wicked fic thoughts were going too before I even started reading anyone else’s smut. Dudes. Ladies. Everybody wants the d, nobody pictures Steve Rogers on top. It’s such a random thing for everyone to agree on, and it’s amazing.
Captain America 3: What’s Everyone’s We the Pizza Order?
Captain America 3: Every CVS Has Run Out of Claritin
Captain America 3: STAND ON THE LEFT
Captain America 3: Steve Rogers Personally Completes the Silver Line
Captain America 3: Freedom and the Newseum Still Not Free
Captain America 3: Steve and Bucky Accidentally Join Crossfit
Captain America 3: Taco Day at Longworth
Captain America 3: Faced with a Lack of Options, Captain America and the Winter Solder Chase Each Other on Stolen Segways
Captain America 3: Get Rusty Back from Adams Morgan Again
Headcanon: Abed only got his job at SHIELD as a spousal benefit when they recruited Troy for their gadgets division
Evidence, incontrovertible: When everything else in Fury’s car was broken, what was still 100% operational? THE AIR CONDITIONING.
Bunny, related: Abed meets Sam while visiting Troy in the hospital and explains to him, scene by scene, why he is definitely the lead in a romcom, not the sidekick in an action movie.
Captain America 3: I’m With You Until the End of the Red Line
Plot twist: the Red Line is single-tracking again. Where will Cap and Bucky actually end up? And when will they get there?!
DC: they keep promising us nice things, but even after all the delays are over, we just end up paying way too much money for something that’s corrupt, inefficient, grim, badly put together, and the opposite of what we wanted…
…no wonder Marvel is making a killing.
This is not going to be coherent meta, but I just wanted to string some ideas together for possible later development:
Point 1: My Thing for pretty people getting punched in the face and bleeding prettily for their ideals is totally a kink, but it’s also, emotionally, about the idea of taking a lot of damage and hurting like fuck but still continuing to fight—that being hurt is not the same as being broken, that vulnerability is not helplessness, that fear doesn’t have to mean cowardice. The not giving up or being broken, at least not permanently, is crucial to what makes this particular emotional kink tick.
Point 2: grimdark is lazy, good is hard work. Go read it, it’s great meta.
Point 3: There are lots and lots of problems with what the misapplication of social-justice concepts has brought to fandom culture, and this is not the time to get into all of them, but a lot of them boil down to what is excusable versus what is the expected or commendable course of action. It’s most noticeable with the glorification of anger and verbal abuse, but there is a parallel glorification of helplessness in the way Tumblr SJ approaches victimhood, illness, disability, and arguably adversity in general: the refusal to shame people who are struggling or who’ve had bad things done to them has long since tipped over into the idea that it’s perfectly okay and normal to just roll over and give up, or even that trying to recover and get your shit together and fight back against the assorted corporeal and non-corporeal bogeymen in your life is implicitly shaming towards those who aren’t doing the same, and so you shouldn’t talk about it too loudly or too approvingly.
Point 4: I fucking hate this aspect of Tumblrfandom, and I hate it for the exact same reasons I hate gratuitous grimdark. It’s lazy. It normalizes and glorifies helplessness as the appropriate response to the existence of evil in the world. It demands not just pardon but approval for sitting back and doing nothing in the face of adversity. They’re two sides of the same shitty coin, and I wish the backlash against grimdark in media could be accompanied by a parallel backlash against fandom’s victimhood culture. I want to talk loudly and approvingly about narratives of being hurt and damaged and afraid and not giving up. Of fighting even when you can’t fix everything and you don’t think you’re going to win, because it would be wrong not to fight. Because sometimes it is wrong not to fight.
Point 5: In conclusion, it is really hard to dismantle and critique these trends in fandom (and a lot of activism in general, I think) and find ways to fight them without enabling the exact silencing/shaming behaviors that the original social justice concepts were designed to combat before they were distorted. But you know what? In this case, I don’t think an upswing in the kink described in Point 1 would hurt. At aaaall. Embrace your desire to whump the living hell out of your favorite characters just to watch them refuse to break, or break them just to watch them insist on putting themselves back together. Make them suffer deliciously for what they care about, because those kinds of narratives are delicious and viscerally satisfying and weirdly comforting for a reason.
Point 6: [image of Captain America on a WWII-era propaganda poster, bearing the caption: RESIST THE GRIMDARK INVASION / WITH HOT IDEALISTS GETTING BEATEN UP FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S RIGHT] [similar image, bearing the caption: WE BLEED SO PRETTY / BUT IT’S WORTH EVERY DROP]