i think people think the danger with men lies in stereotypical signifiers of masculinity and not with men themselves and the power they hold. like people’s image of dangerous men is always “big tough guy with huge muscles who hates books and loves WWE and trucks” but like, those are all harmless things that happen to correlate with our culture’s concepts of masculinity.
the thing that makes men dangerous as a social class is the structural power they hold and their ability and willingness to harm women due to that structural power. that’s something that’s true about men regardless of how much they distance themselves from cultural masculinity.
I know everyone’s always talking about Bucky having a mass freak out when he finds out all the dumb shit Steve’s been doing while he was gone but at the same time I feel like the next time Steve jumps out of a plane with no parachute every single other avenger is gonna freak out while Bucky’s just standing there like
Imagine living in a city where there are no monuments, no buildings from before 1970, no proof that you had grandparents or parents, no history at all. Wouldn’t that make you feel like you were just a passing fad, that you could be blown away like leaves?… for any community to feel substantial and able to change without losing themselves, a history is absolutely crucial.
Emma Donoghue, talking about LGBT history and LGBT historical fiction