The other thing I want to talk about with regards to Homecoming is…bare with me…Peter is objectively not a good Superhero ™ yet.
He does not win a single fight he’s in. He can’t figure out his super suit. Donald Glover gives the perfect reaction to Peter’s skills on the job.
Like, Peter was clearly supposed to, at some point, get training if he was going to engage in the higher levels of combat the suit functions were clearly meant for. Right now his primary skill set is legitimately stopping bike robberies and webbing up criminals.
Because Peter is a non-combat trained teenager. He is legitimately not ready for the big stage. Like, I’m sure there are people whining and moaning about Tony holding him back, and Peter was in that boat for a while too, but Peter is objectively in over his head again and again.
But you know what Peter had going for him? Incredibly personal fortitude and the absolute need to do the right thing.
Peter’s greatest, most pure win (in the sense of it’s absolutely a victory in the classic superhero way) is when there is no explicit enemy, when he is giving everything he has to save people. It’s not a fight, it’s a rescue mission, and Peter gives it his all and then some and succeeds with aplomb.
Peter does not kill anyone. He’s actively offended by having the option to do so. He makes deliberate choices not to kill people. And, at the very end, he could have let his enemy’s hubris kill him and therefore “win” the fight. After all, he’d essentially just gotten the crap kicked out of him. Peter had clearly lost to the Vulute by that point. Instead, Peter saves him. That’s such a pure, beautiful goodness that I want my superheroes to have.
(Forever bitter that they cut Tony trying to save Obadiah from IM1, but this isn’t the post for parallels. Just know…I totally consider them there).
And Peter…god, that scene. Things get rough, and Peter reaches into himself and finds something incredible. He does not give up. He overcomes.
This is a movie about a pretty mediocre teenage superhero in all of those combat-related ways, except we as an audience go on a journey to realize that while, yes, those skills are critical to being a superhero, they’re not what makes a superhero at all.
Tony, the futurist, looks at Peter like he’s the future, and it’s not hard to see why. With time and training, Peter easily has the potential to be the best out of all of them, combined, a hundred times over.
Just so y'all know I can’t listen to Perfect anymore without thinking of Ed seeing @sandyswildestdreams’s sign in Mannheim saying ‘You deserve her’ right before he’d sing the line 'I don’t deserve this’ and smiling like an idiot LIKE ISN’T THAT THE CUTEST THING YOU’VE EVER HEARD
10 Abusive Men’s conversational tactics every woman should be aware of:
1. Domination of conversation - at any cost
doesn’t matter what it takes - making up a story, repeating the same issue over
and over again, increasing the volume of his voice, calling you out on
unrelated-unreal issues, taking on a threatening pose to get your attention,
getting angry if you don’t carefully listen to what he has to say, throwing a
tantrum, accusing you of talking too much, beating down your words, I have even
seen abusive men cause fights because they wanted to dominate a conversation
with a woman. Last time I tried to talk to a woman, while abusive man was
standing next to her, he actually physically dragged her away, just so she
wouldn’t be able to get my attention, because I refused to give it to him
instead. In their minds, this is reasonable, because they feel we owe them that
much, and if we refuse to make them the center of attention, it’s aggression on
our part, and any action to beat us down to submission is acceptable and
“nothing else should be expected of him”.
2. “What I have to say is important at the
moment - every moment.”
trying to tell a story? He immediately comes up with a vaguely related story
that happened to someone he knew that is somehow suddenly more relevant than
what you wanted to say. You were trying to prove a point? He’s going to prove a
different point. You have a problem that bothers you? His much smaller problem
is bothering him much more, to the point where you have to feel bad for
bringing your problem up in the first place. You have an achivement you’re
proud of? Wait until you hear what he has done at some point in time that right
now feels more relevant to him. In his mind, what you have to say simply
doesn’t matter and it’s on him to figure out how to slowly bring that down to
you, so you’d finally shut up and accept that his confidence is to be
worshipped, yours beaten down.
3. Personal attack
be on you only if it makes you look bad. If you dared to insist that you’re
heard and given a basic bit of attention, or, heavens forbid, said something
that goes against his opinions and actions, you will immediately find yourself
under a personal attack. You’ll be called out on things that have nothing to do
with the subject. You will be deemed unfit to even speak about issues that
matter to you. Suddenly, even the issues that you have personal experience and
endless statistical data and proof, are not yours to speak of because “he
knows better”. You’ll be called slurs, humiliated, discredited, all your
knowledge of the subject will be perceived as “silly” and
“wrong”, not to mention you’re a horrible person for daring to speak
your mind on the subject. The point of personal attack is to make you look bad,
but you’re not supposed to notice how it makes him look way worse, you’re
supposed to feel rightfully called out and humbled, and fail to notice how your
basic human right of speech is being trampled on, how you’re being silenced and
hurt by emotional and psychological abuse by a man who found himself threatened
by truth you pointed out.
4. Double Standards
man” is an excuse not to listen, not to sympathize, not to offer
compassion, not to take responsibility for his actions, not to bother with
“woman logic”, not to question the consequences of his actions, not
to feel guilty for indulging in primarily male behaviour that harms women but
is excusable because “all men do it”. “You’re a woman” is
an excuse to hold you responsible for men’s actions, and obliged to please men,
to maintain your social value and appearance up to certain standards, to
fulfill all male expectations and fantasies and ideas about what you should be,
otherwise what good you are for? And even if you do all that, you’ll end up
reduced to a slur and disposed of whenever it pleases a man to do just that.
And don’t be surprised, what did you expect? They’re men.
5. Social Truth
statistics, experiences, facts, consequences and practical knowledge all have
zero value before men’s social perception of what’s going on. Men have already
decided that it’s them who’s suffering the worst. They’ve already decided
they’re the one who need better treatment and more privileges and liberation
from oppression. Men have affirmed this with each other, they’ve agreed amongst
themselves that women are oppressive, bother them too much, ask for too much,
don’t give them enough, don’t do enough for them. How could women expect for
their issues to be taken seriously when men don’t feel like they’ve done enough
for them? Men will offer you countless examples where he was expecting
something from a woman and she didn’t fulfil it, so how dare she imply she
could be the one who’s oppressed? How dare any woman claim anything about her
life, her body, her experiences, her problems? Men have already agreed they
know better, they feel confident about it because his friends and male
relatives and co-workers and bosses and acquaintances will all confirm to him
he’s exactly right, he’s telling the truth, how could some miser woman now
claim differently? She must be stupid. Truth commonly accepted among men will
ignore all evidence, all male privilege, all objective truth, all statistics,
all proof. They don’t examine it critically more than “is this going in
our favour” and that’s all they need to yell it from rooftops, to
violently shut down every woman’s voice claiming differently, speaking from
different perspective. They have support. They have backup. Countless men will
agree with them. It’s all they need. Truth doesn’t matter.
6. What they don’t consider lying
lying. If a lie needs to be told in order for a man to get something out of a
woman he otherwise wouldn’t get - it’s considered fair play, in his mind. How
could you blame him? After all, if he didn’t lie, he wouldn’t get what he
wanted? Isn’t this how all people do things? Isn’t it a way of life? How could
you expect him to tell the truth when it wasn’t going in his favour? He won’t
even feel guilty. But instead, if you don’t react to his lie the way you should
have - in his mind - then you are the bad one. How could you not believe his
word, give him your full trust and obedience and perfect reactions he so deeply
deserves? How could you even consider that he would lie to you? You don’t know
what’s real, you can’t act like he’s lying when you don’t even know if he is.
He is excused in saying any lie at all, but you aren’t allowed to doubt it,
otherwise how will he get what he wanted and feel completely free of guilt
while doing it? You should enable that much to a man, to lie and get away with
it, get all he wants, and to feel like a genius for tricking everyone in such a
cunning way. Oh, and you shouldn’t feel cheated and lied to because, you know,
it wasn’t personal, it was just so he could get what he wants, you weren’t a
person to him in this entire scheme, just a prop, you should feel stupid for
falling for it, but you know, it’s his win.
7. “I’m reasonable” voice tone
All your passion
and emotions that get out of you while you speak that would normally be a proof
of how important and valuable talking about this issue is to you, yet he
decides to perceive as you obviously spouting nonsense from being too
emotional. Does he know you’re telling the truth? Of course he does. Does he
know how being invalidated and accused of being “too emotional” and
“hysterical” hurts you? Of course he does. Does he care? No. All he
wants from you in that moment is to adapt to perspective that benefits him,
rather than the one you’re presenting - you know, the one that actually
expresses what’s going on and leads to acknowledgment and resolving of your
problems. He isn’t interested in you being in less pain or you speaking out the
truth, or you struggling less or you bringing to light how much you’re
struggling with. Be reasonable. Adapt male perspective. See yourself how men
see you. Quit having your own perspective, you know that’s not reasonable. Quit
showing emotions about an issue that is of a big personal value to you. Look at
me. I’m reasonable. You mean nothing to me. Your struggles mean nothing to me.
Be like that. Don’t mean anything to yourself. Be only a benefit to me. Then
you too can pretend all your issues are made up. After all your pain means
nothing in comparison to benefits we get from it. It’s easy to speak with
“I’m reasonable” voice and straight, emotionless face while talking
about an issue that doesn’t affect you whatsoever, and you don’t care about the
one who is affected, and benefit from what they’re suffering from.
8. “How can you call me out when there’s
be grateful he isn’t worse. He could do worse. He knows he could. He saw other
men doing much worse, and thought to himself “damn, I’m nice, this is how
things are done when women don’t listen” instead of, you know, intervening
and saving someone from abuse like a decent person would do. He saw how cruel
men are in other parts of the world. He made sure to remember it and inform
women what they could expect from worse men, to remind them to be grateful that
he, a nice man, isn’t like that. Now, if you’re going to call anyone out, you
should first make sure to call out every guy who is worse, otherwise how is
this fair towards him? If a guy who did worse isn’t called out, but he, the
“nice” guy is, that is the greatest injustice ever done to mankind,
and he will feel hurt and things will be unfair for him. What about you, you
ask? What about him hurting you that caused you to call him out in the first
place? Oh what’s fair to you doesn’t matter, you are the one who needs to make
the world fair for him, or, you know, he might get worse, and it will be
entirely your fault, since you didn’t arrange the world to be absolutely and
completely fair towards him.
9. “I decide how you should react/your
reaction is a provocation.”
behaviour is decided by his rules, and every single emotion, thought and action
you make should only be made in his convenience. It lies on the premise that
only he gets to be a human being and show his emotions freely and react the way
he wants, you unfortunately, do not get the human privileges, if you react the
humane way - get upset when you’re hurt, get angry when things are unfair and
infuriating, point out double standards, argue and demand that your word
matters too, want to have your feeling acknowledged or even argue that you have
a say in how you should be treated - you’ve overstepped, and suddenly you are
all wrong and whatever he does to you in return is what you deserved by provoking him. That’s, right, you being
a human being is a provocation, it’s a dangerous straying from the object
you’re supposed to be - that you are in his eyes, and you have to be
“shown your place”, because after all, his convenience is more
important than your life, and you’re only there to obey him and make him feel
good about himself. Even while he’s hurting you. Even while he’s using you.
Even while you’re reduced to a less than a human being.
10. “You haven’t considered this issue
from my perspective enough”
you should look at things from his perspective. But you do. There’s never been
a moment you didn’t consider his perspective. Just as there’s never been a
moment he has considered yours. And the mere idea of taking a moment to consider
your perspective - if he’s even aware that you can have one, and that your
words aren’t just there to be crushed until he gets his way - is offensive and
crazy to him. Instead, you get called out for not seeing things his way enough. As if you’re the one who is
inconsiderate and refusing to acknowledge that he is just a human and that you
can’t expect that much from him. But you’ve never forgotten that he’s a human.
And you never expected that much, just to not be continually hurt and used by
him, and to be treated like a valued human being. But suddenly this is too
much? Too much to expect from a fellow human being? Isn’t it a lot like he’s
forgotten you’re a human being, and calling you out on something that he
actually did? Cruel hypocrisy that he doesn’t even seem to notice because it’s
so natural and normal to him to call you out for his own wrongdoings, and to
attack you if you’re not willing to obediently take blame.
@women: If a man is
talking in this fashion he will get worse, not better. Ditch him at any cost.
@men: this was a list of abusive behaviour, if
you don’t do any of these, there’s no reason for you to feel called out, if you
do feel called out, I have bad news for you.
Just some of the many things that spring to mind when you think of him.
Calum Hood, CEO of Hood Incorporations, hasn’t left your mind ever since you met to discuss a partnership deal. Your father owns a business similar to Calum’s and you, his devoted daughter, handle some of the more day-to-day tasks, including meeting with the extremely attractive business partner.
From the start you knew Calum was different. Maybe it was the elegance in which he operated, the silky smoothness embedded in his voice.
Or, perhaps, it was the fact that he’d had you spread across his desk within ten minutes of your first encounter.
the incident with the toaster Draco was still wary of unknown kitchen appliances;
wariness, however, hadn’t turned him away from learning and he had by now
mastered most of the contraptions in their kitchen.
one, he could now make the most perfect toasted bread. He also knew how to use
the stove (easy enough as long as he thought about it in the line of: fire,
cauldron, ingredient). He even perfected the use of the microwave. Well almost.
He had not yet perfected his reaction to the obnoxiously loud ping! that made him jump every single bloody
time his back was turned. Ok, it sometimes made him spill his tea on his shirt
too, but that wasn’t the point.
unfortunately, was the day Draco Malfoy decided to use the blender. Harry never
used it, because ‘only babies need their food in liquid form Malfoy’, but Draco
watched Hermione use it once and it didn’t look too complicated, besides, the
smoothie she had made with it was surprisingly tasty.
prepared the fruit first; a banana, blueberries, strawberries… hmm that should
do, right? He cut the fruit to manageable pieces, put it in the blender bowl, added
some water, mounted the bowl onto the blender, plugged it in and–
was the lid?
one even need the lid? That surely wasn’t an essential part of the blender,
right? Even cauldrons didn’t have lids and it’s not like smoothies exploded, he
apprehensively lifted his finger towards the ‘ON’ button. Here goes, he though
when pressing firmly on it. A sudden roar came from the blender, then, before
he could even react, he saw the contents surge upwards, upwards and out. Oh, shit. He saw a piece of banana flying towards his face when his
eyes closed instinctively and he felt the sticky gooey pieces of fruit hit his
face, his chest, his hair.
lid, apparently, was a crucial part
of the blender.
eyes slowly opened, his nostrils flared and without even performing a cleaning
charm on himself, he strode out of the kitchen and went to collect their owl
sleeping quietly in his cage. Bloody fucking Potter and his bloody fucking
kitchen shit, he will send him the worst fucking Howler he had ever received in
his entire life and he will make damn sure he gets it right in the middle of
the Auror offices.
glanced at Bimbo, the kind but stupid looking owl that he and Draco had saved (from a pigeon attack) about a year ago. He was carrying an ominous red envelope that
was already smoking at the edges. Uh-oh, Harry though. What had he done now? He
swiftly took the envelope from Bimbo’s beak, rushed out of his cubicle and
started sprinting towards the toilet. The whole department will not be privy to
his embarrassment again.
way down the hall, the envelope exploded and the voice of an enraged and - what
was even worse – extremely offended Draco Malfoy filled the Auror Department. ‘’YOU
FUCKING WANKER! MY FACE IS COVERED IN STICKY GOO! IT’S IN MY FUCKING HAIR,
POTTER. IN MY GORGEOUS FUCKING HAIR!’’ The voice roared and echoed around the level
two. ‘’AND IT’S ALREADY BEGINNING TO DRY. IT’S CAKED TO MY FACE POTTER AND
NEITHER YOU NOR YOUR SPITTING, EJACULATING TOY
WILL EVER BE FORGIVEN.’’
stood in the middle of the hallway, eyes wide, cheeks flaming, with the whole
department’s worth of eyes staring at him. ‘’It’s not –‘’ he mumbled. ‘’It’s
not what you think it is,’’ he whispered to no use as the whole department was
consumed by mounting laughter.