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Headcanons: Troll Ages, Molting, and Ascension

A lot of people have varying headcanons about troll adult and Ascension ages, along with what the concept of molting even entails for trolls and if it even happens! I thought it would be kind of interesting to play around with those things, especially considering that ages of majority are in large part a social construct, so it’s interesting to think about how and why ages might be important to trolls and why. So, here are my headcanons about the three most important ages / moments of growth for trolls!

These are all my headcanons, of course, and I’m not trying to say whether they are right or wrong, just show what I use and why!

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Overall, I headcanon that the Alternian age of majority is 10 sweeps, because it is a nice round number and also because it corresponds with about 21 years, and 18-21 is around where most people place their trolls’ ages, so it’s easier to be able to justify interacting with somebody’s 18 year old on planet if the age of adulthood ascension is 21 years.

Trolls also are known to hatch and have grub forms, and (depending on how you interpret Hussie’s stylistic choices) have significantly larger and darker adult forms than subadult. This has led me to the headcanon that trolls also have two molts: the grub molt, during which they turn from squishy bug-like grublets with unnerving humanoid heads to the trolls we see most often in the comic, and the subadult molt, during which they experience rapid growth and strengthening and become more similar to the adults we see in the comics.

The grub molt happens once a grub in the caverns has grown and fattened up for it, and is the point after which trolls enter the trial caverns. The subadult molt tends to happen for most trolls shortly before or after they turn 10 sweeps old, around the time of Ascension.

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Hiveswap And Horror: Possibility Of Scary Segments

Wondered whether or not Hiveswap will have any scary sections? Perhaps something unsettling akin to the True Lab from Undertale? To some (like me) that’s probably really appealing, and after being prompted on Discord, here I am to discuss the possibility of a horror section. Personally, I believe the chances are quite high, and here’s why (rest under a readmore):

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Part 7

Summary:  Two weeks after waking up with no recollection of the people and ship around you, you take your future in your hands and try to piece together your past and the events that lead up to you losing your memory of the last five years. This means finally meeting Scotty, the man you just learned is your husband.

Word Count:  2,018

Author’s Note:  I wrote a solid 6.5K words toward this story on my last day off here, so please enjoy! As always please let me know what you think, I love hearing from you <3 (Also, I think I solved the tag problem? Let me know.)

Cyrillic Key:   Выпьем за то, чтобы у нас всегда был повод для праздника! - May we always have a reason to party!

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Huffing out a nervous breath, you inspected yourself one last time in the mirror in Scotty’s quarters. All of your clothes were still in his closet, so instead of opting to take them all back to your temporary quarters, you chose instead to bring a few garments in at a time and try them on.

Your taste changed drastically since before you joined Starfleet, apparently. Before you tended for clothes that disguised more of your bodily flaws, but the new you, the hypothetical you, liked to flaunt what she had.

Turning around, you cocked your head to the side and tried to decide if the back view of this dress was what you were going for or not.

The dress was the swingiest that you could find; in fact, it was the only one without a tapered skirt. It flowed around your knees enough that you felt that your hips were somewhat camouflaged, but it had no arms and you couldn’t find any camisoles or the like in your collection, so you opted to just rough it. It was either this or that skin-tight number that had full sleeves and much shorter skirt.

Stepping out of the bathroom, you carefully tucked your folded clothes away where you found them, acutely aware of Scotty standing in front of the window looking out over the planet with a tumbler of Scotch in his hand.

“How do I look?” you ventured, carefully stepping forward. You winced, afraid of the answer.

Scotty turned slightly and his eyes softened around the edges.

“I always loved that one,” he said quietly. “You look great.”

You twitched a smile and wound around the couch to stand next to him. Scotty wore one of his insanely patterned shirts, one with multi-coloured, miniscule florets all over it. He looked relaxed and you weren’t sure if it was the lack of uniform or the alcohol.

“Wanna drink?” Scotty offered, taking a sip of his.

“I’ll wait until we’re planetside,” you decided, looking down at the beautiful globe below. The sun was setting on the area you were headed for and the sea on the edge of the continent glowed vermillion in the star’s wake. “Is it alright if I’m nervous?”

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Return - Part 8 - Jim Kirk

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6 / Part 7

Summary: series following the events of loot– takes place during events of star trek beyond. in this chapter, you’re reunited with a friend and it feels so good.

Warnings: language, 

A/N: parts of this i love, parts of it i don’t. that’s life, though, i guess


It took more effort than you thought necessary to climb the extensive ladder in Jaylah’s “home” seeing as you were short a healthy arm and plagued with pre-existing exhaustion. But once you made it up to the dingy, dust-covered bridge that resembled models you’d seen in the San Francisco Starfleet Museum, you let yourself fall into a chair facing one of the many consoles.

You swiveled in your seat as Jim came aboard, Scotty walking ahead of him and gesturing to the ship exaggeratedly. You swung your legs over one of the armrests as your back rested against the other, you tipped your head back and shut your eyes.

“This is the USS Franklin, sir. Can you believe it? First Earth ship capable of warp four.”

You snorted to yourself, opening your eyes and mumbling under your breath, “Scotty would find that to be the most interesting factoid.”

“Went missing in the Gagarin Radiation Belt in the early 2160’s.”

Jim hummed, approaching the view screen and helmsmen chairs. “I remember that from the Academy. Captain Balthazar Edison, one of the first heroes of Starfleet. How the hell did his ship end up here?”

You looked at Jaylah as she stepped beside you, righting your head as the strain on your sore neck became too much. “So you live here?”

She glanced at you and nodded. Her arms were crossed over her chest, rumpling the grey shirt she wore. There wasn’t any malice in her eyes, just a general apathy— you found it amusing. “Yes.”

“It’s nice— I like what you’ve done with the place.”

“— but Jaylah has done a marvelous job of gettin’ the ship’s systems back online,” Scotty finished, gesturing to the tall woman beside you.

When Chekov managed to activate the bridge’s lights, you squinted at the sudden brightness, watching as Jaylah nodded once in appreciation and took the captain’s seat before Jim could plant himself down in it.

She ignored his “pardon me” seamlessly. “Thank you, Montgomery Scotty.”

Jim looked at you and tried not to smile at the amusement brightening your features, walking to you and pausing there.  

“I think I’m in love with her,” you said, smiling up at him as he rolled his eyes.

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Highlights of DnD

Our “heroes” wake up to find their Kenku friend (They named him Fred and gave him tie died shorts and shirt) is missing. They discover his kidnapp….bird…nappers have stolen him away on a ship and sailed away towards an island. 

With the help of NPCs Keyleth The Giantslaying Elf warrior and her smol husband Bard Rehn, they board a smuggling vessel to follow. 

The crew consisting of:

- Captain Nika the Selkie 

- First mate Cece a 6 ft tall embodiment of pure muscle female tabaxi (orange tabby long haired cat person) (in which i was called out and basically made Zarya’s fursona the moment i spoke in a russian accent)

- Jake the helmsmen Orc with a nice smile and v polite

- Robert the gnome crows nest spotter/sea shanty master 

So they sail away in which: 

  • Kalikbro The Tabaxi Cleric ( @sparklesmaug sells weed to the captain 
  • Avi The Elf Warlock ( @bernerstahp )with Kyle the Revnant Fighter ( @dog-of-ulthar)  tries to communicate with a pelican to read a map 
  • George the Half Elf Half Orc ( @axonsandsynapses flirts with Jake )

Later they meet Hal the drunken siren with a literal mouth of a sailor who nearly killed Kalikbro until she was covered in fur and was utterly disgusted. Then she jumped on board and tried to kill them again but he didn’t seem to mind much. We learned a lot about Kalikbro’s kinks as she unhinged her jaw with 4 inch long needle fangs. 

Later there is a storm and a sea monster. 

  • George uses a scroll “cloud of knives” after spending several turns falling on her ass. 
  • Avi keeps falling on her ass 
  • Sea monster grabs Kyle and drags him underwater. He uses Thunderwave, basically uppercutting the monster with an explosion of force and it was AMAZING
  • Cece flips a canon and deals 69 damage. In which she flexes and says in a deep Russian accent “S I X T Y N I N E” the party is confused but the players are hysterical. 
  • Nika turns into a seal and Hal returns to save Kyle, as he can’t really swim and is mostly armor weight
  • Avi then turns the canon and lands a kill blow on the sea monster. She throws her hands up in the air and screams “EIGHTY NINE” 

It was a good time. 

anonymous asked:

gav, fam, o costume analyzer supreme, please, help me with a quandary: how in the hell are they indicating rank & eng/comm/sci in st:d? bc i can see that michelle yeoh has gold shoulder bits & smg as her no. 1 doesn't, but!!! a) everyone else has the same amount of panels & shoulder braid (as far as i can see) & b) doug jones has silver panels & one of the helmsmen might have bronze instead of gold, with c) no variation beyond!! pls is there s/t i'm missing from 3min of footage help me obi-juan

I think gold is command, silver is science, and bronze is security/comms. HOWEVER, i don’t think ranks are visible on the uniforms, which is a weird design choice?? the captain has gold shoulders, but i can’t see rank insignias on anyone else’s uniforms.

EDITED TO ADD: actually, i think ranks are signified on the starfleet badges! so you have to look pretty closely, but it’s there. they have little pips, with (i think) four dots for Captain.

[ OOC ] Gelmorra/Duskwight Lore Bomb

@gelmorra used to have this posted on their Tumblr, but it doesn’t seem to exist anymore.  Considering how useful it was to me as a Duskwight roleplayer, I’ve taken the liberty of reposting it here.  I hope it helps others as much as it helped me, and huge thanks go to the original author for compiling such an amazing collection of Duskie tidbits!

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SpockFact 78

Spock believes in Santa because every Christmas Jim is able to buy and hide presents from him. He labels these presents “from santa”. Spock racks his brain each year trying to figure out how one man can go to every house in the entire world. Jim claims Santa has special rocket reindeer that allows him to travel to spaceships and deliver presents. The entire Bridge crew is in on it and whenever Spock tries to deny the possibility of Santa Claus Uhura or one of the helmsmen will speak up and say “no, no, it’s true.” He still denies it but deep down he can’t help but think “what if?”

(Based on a prompt by anonymous)

chekov and sulu getting like, annoyingly into whoopee cushions, captain kirk sits down, opens a com, seems to fart right into it, the helmsmen and navigator collapse onto the ground in hysterics, this happens almost daily, no one is safe, whoopie cushions are banned, but somehow there are always more, always more, god help them all no one is safe

The Helmsmechanic:

Your name is Karkat Vantas and for some reason you have made this pathetic excuse for a central computer system’s wellbeing your top priority as a orgengineer in the imperial fleet.  

Does he appreciate your help? Of course not. He’s too busy blocking routine medical scans and generally being a sullen, reclusive asshole to appreciate anything beyond his own shiny collection of algorithms and subroutines. 

Meet the Jade Queenpin, jadeblood and symbol Corona Borealis, the northern crown! She is the latest in a line of mob bosses that run the Queenpin’s Society.

The Queenpin is 260 sweeps old with a giant mantis-moth lusus, and is both the lowest-blooded and youngest leader of QPIN in the history of the society. QPIN is an underground mafia that runs through the cover of a helmstech development company but specializes in helmsman and mind honey trafficking. She established herself by beheading the previous leader with her razor-sharp prosthetic legs and then doing the same to any dissenters who thought a jadeblood had no place running them. She has since established a very effective stalemate with the Empire, supplying them with legally augmented helmsmen to establish a stranglehold on the helmstech sector, leaving it very difficult to depose her without risking the integrity of the fleet.

She holds her position with a laughing smile and an iron fist, and is grooming secret Imperial throne heir Clydes Barrow (disguised as a regular violetblood) to secure her line, as well as employing Bonnie Parker for the leverage that her high-profile thefts provide against the Imperial crown. Most of her underlings hold a fair amount of both fear and respect for her, and an uncanny discomfort with her ever-unfazed cheer.

(Header art by Bearibee from Flight Rising.)

Bones walked to the opening of the cave, wondering if this was how men walking up the stairs to the gallows felt. Hendorff and Sulu are parentheticals, heads bent toward each other and feet inches apart as the wind from outside assaults their backs. 

“The Captain is in no condition-

"Can’t just leave-”

“Maybe if we just walked to the beam out point and see if-”

“Gentlemen,” he clears his throat. 

“Doc,” Sulu rubs a hand down his face and steps away from the security officer. “How’s the captain?”

“I think Hendorff is right. It’ll be daylight in a few hours and I think you two can make it to the beam out point in the timeframe Spock set.”

He sees the vein in stockier man’s head pulse and he makes a note to check the man’s blood pressure when-he almost laughs, did he already forget what he chose to do? M'Benga will probably check his and Sulu’s blood pressure when they return to the ship. Without us. 

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scourge fic rec

i started making this god knows how many months ago and it’s finally finished! 27 28 33 35 38 40 vriska/terezi fics for ur enjoyment. these are all on AO3 and most of them are primarily either black or red scourge, with a few exceptions where it’s a side ship/they’re just friends. these are in alphabetical order bc i have way too much time on my hands

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Vast Glub Thoughts

If we go with the theory that helmscolumns are grown from horrorterror flesh, then it would have to be gl'bgolyb’s right?

So what if, at the moment it died, the Vast Glub propagated along the helmsmen? Each and every one across the fleet screaming psychic death into the void?

and the Condesce watches in horror as her lusus’ voices comes from her helmsman’s throat, and knows that everything has gone horribly, horribly wrong…

Straight by “Default” (or, “No, your straight interpretation of a character isn’t any more valid than my queer one”)

So it’s been a while that I have felt so completely just shut down in a debate about comics.  I guess I spend way too much time on Tumblr, but when I dared post something alluding to Steve Roger’s bisexuality on Facebook, man did I awaken the Beast.

Here’s the thing.  “Tim” is a good guy.  He’s super cool, and I miss him, a lot, as he lives far away.  But I was just shocked that someone who usually so respects my opinions and views on thing how quickly my interpretations into Captain America were dismissed. 

Why are “fangirls’,” especially queer fangirls’, opinion on things so irrelevant to CisHet Fanboys?  In the course of the discussion, which I’ll get to below, he basically implies that he knows more about Captain America than I do - which isn’t to say he DOESN’T - I mean, he might.  But why just the assumption that he knows more?  Because he’s a guy?  He said that he felt he could “offer some insight” in this discussion about Captain America because “he has almost an obsession” with Cap.

That’s nice, Tim.  But did it EVER occur to you that I, also, have a “treasure trove” of knowledge about my favorite character, too?  Why did he assume I didn’t have my own “treasure trove” of Cap comics at my disposal?  We’ve never discussed comics before - he has NO IDEA the breadth and knowledge I have about any comics… I was just taken aback that the “Man” obviously knew more than the “girl” who was babbling on about this icon of Americana.

Anyway, here’s the conversation below… opinions?  Again, the conversation started about me mentioning I interpret Cap as bisexual, and that that’s NOT the same as thinking he’s gay.

Tim: It’s like the whole “who would win” argument that goes on all the time. It all depends on the writer. They always lend a bit of the way they see the characters they’re writing at the time. Take for example the run of Cap after 9/11. It was a very raw version of Cap. The writer took him in a direction that fit the mindset of many Americans at the time fighting Muslim terrorists. In that run he had flings with at least three women that I can think of off the top of my head (Scarlet Witch, Namorita and I believe Agent Carter). In two of these cases in particular he would have stayed with them had they not moved on by their own choice.

As far as the situation between he and Falcon in the movie, their meeting was playful but in a friendly brotherly kind of way. They weren’t necessarily checking out the car when Widow pulled up to get Cap.

Me:  Yeah but they weren’t necessarily checking out Natasha by that same argument.  Maybe Sam is bisexual, too.  Or, you know, some people are just so how it kind of transcends sexuality: like ScarJo.

But for real - Marvel doesn’t hide who they consider the better writers/helmsmen for certain characters.  Ed Brubaker, for example, is pretty universally reknown for being one of the best.

In the MCU - Marvel obviously LOVES the Russo Brothers/Marcus-McFeely team.  The Winter Soldier wasn’t the most financially successful of the Marvel Movies but they snatched that quadro up to not only write/direct CA:CW but Avengers: Infinity Wars 1 & 2.  

So, in lots of cases you can generally deduce who they thing “nailed” the character and who didn’t.  Also, by how much ret-conning is needed.

Also: how many women Steve has slept with doesn’t prove or disprove anything about his true orientation - especially if he’s bisexual.

Also, in the comics Sharon Carter ends up asking Steve to marry her because she’s tired of waiting for him to.  And his response was basically “Meh…. maybe?”  

Talk about a romance for the ages.

Tim: Yeah he had quite a few reasons not to marry her. She had turned much colder after her trials and being left for dead and all that. She was a much darker character and Steve never really found her to be the person he had cared for before all that.

As far as his sleeping with women not proving anything, you’re right. It doesn’t.  It is however concrete evidence of his love of women. Everything else is just people reading between the lines (which doesn’t prove anything) and the opinions of writers who enjoy the debate (like the while Wincest thing).
Source: an almost unbroken collection of all things Captain America from 1988 - 2015 (excluding Avengers runs except in the case of major crossovers) lol
In the end I wouldn’t care if he was bisexual, straight, gay, asexual. It wouldn’t matter. But at this point his sexuality is pretty straightforward unless there’s some serious retconning. Though after the changes that were made to his origin story during his Fight Terror run in the early 2000s, they can do anything they want. And in that case the changes were well done. They reflected the climate of American society at the time.

Me: I don’t think you’d have to do ANY retconning at all with Steve to have him “come out” as Bisexual, or even closeted homosexual (honestly I think he comes off as more coded gay in the comics than the movies, even).  I guess that’s my point - its not breaking ANYTHING that’s happened in character if he comes out.  Gay people sleep with women all the time before they realize their sexuality.  And if he’s bisexual than the fact that he hasn’t slept with a man (yet) doesn’t make him any less bisexual.

Another (queer) Friend: And given he’s a character from the 40s, lends more credibility to this being a character who had more of a reason to live in the closet or not have a full understanding of the modern gamut of sexuality.  Hell, I barely knew what being bisexual was until I was in my 20s.  I was confused for a long time - thinking that the only real options were straight or lesbian.  That I couldn’t consider a relationship with women because I’d been attracted to men in the past.   Or that my eye for women came from a sense of artistic appreciation since I did appreciate drawing the human figure.  Given the only depictions of bisexual people in most mass media at the time is (and unfortunately still is) characters like Oberyn or Jack Harkness that literally sleep with just about anything with a pulse and consent - that don’t stick to monogamous pairings…

Which is exactly why another reason Steve Rogers would be such a great representation of being able to be bisexual AND monogamous (or at least serial monogamy).

Tim:  Sure. “Would be”. I agree. But it’s still just reading between the lines. Of course Cap dreamed of Bucky. He was his best friend. He lost him and that hurt him mentally. He could be lying to himself since the beginning.I know plenty of people who either changed their minds about their sexuality later in life or had been hiding their true emotions all along. It happens. And I wouldnt be upset if that’s what they did with Cap. My only argument was that until they actually do that it’s just wishful thinking. The smart thing to do would’ve been to do that change during the run of the Ultimates but unfortunately they made him a much more aggressive and bigoted Cap.

Me:  But again, to call it “wishful thinking” actually borders on insulting - because queer people are forced to choke down and ENDLESS stream of heterosexual couples that have little to zero chemistry in virtually EVERY form of media out there - but since “straight” is the default setting in media, lots of queer characters have to be coded.  Its a sign of the times - but not necessarily wishful thinking.

To read about the Steve/Bucky, Steve/Tony, or Steve/Falcon (three very homoerotic relationships Steve’s had in his comic run) as say that its “he’s straight and to think otherwise is reading between the lines” is a very straight-washed way of viewing media.

There’s no evidence that specifically points to Steve NOT being bisexual.  Go ahead - name one.  The point is, you can’t.  Having sex with women doesn’t disprove it.  I’ve never seen a single comic panel where he is obsessively forced to say “I’m not bisexual!”  As I mentioned before, there have been villains in the past who try to use his machismo against him, virtually saying that the reason he’s all “manly man man” is to hide the reality from people - that deep down he’s queer.  

Even if you subscribe to the “writer’s intention” idea (which in itself is debatable , there’s a whole theory in literature about what people INTERPRET the media as is just as valid, if not moreso, than the writer’s intention) then we don’t know for sure?  Brubaker has hinted, though not explicitly stated, that he authored Cap with a queer bent.   He certainly seemed excited about the slash fiction coming out after The Winter Soldier (which he was consulted on, and even appeared in one of the scene).  But the point is, when Brubaker was writing comics he wouldn’t have been “allowed” to write Cap as queer, even if he wanted to.  But he got damned close.

And, yes its an AU, but as I’ve mentioned, too, Planet Hulk has virtually canonized Stucky… so at least on one world out there they are together.  And while AU’s are generally just that - alternate universes - the idea is generally accepted that they are generally the same “soul” - just put into different worlds/circumstances/etc.

Another (queer) Friend: Here’s the thing, too.  Ultimately, this is a fictional character who regardless of if they kill him of or not, eventually, he’ll be back.   Times change.  Eventually, someone’s going to pull that trigger and explore that route that has been speculated on literally for decades.  This is the most popular pairing in the MCU (above canon ships, and on a list that only has two gay pairings in the top ten):
http://www.mtv.com/news/2219082/avengers-ships-ranked/

This has been popular in comics, especially since retconning Bucky in the Brubaker run to be only a couple of years younger than cap. 

They’ve at the very least canonized the fact that the most important relationship in Steve’s life has been Bucky.  

This isn’t speculating the actual sexuality of a real person.  I honestly believe it’s inevitable, just a matter of when or in what context.

Tim:  Whoa now, nobody’s insulting you in a debate over a comic book character. Look elsewhere if you want to play the victim. I think you’re incorrect and have years of evidence not proving his sexuality but proving that it’s something that hasn’t been explored.

Would you also say I was a sexist  because I don’t care about the remake of Ghostbusters? Or a racist if I don’t like Obama? I’d hope not. Maybe I just don’t like remakes because i prefer original material. Maybe I don’t like someone’s political stance on issues.

If you don’t agree with the opinion of someone debating your claims that’s one thing. But don’t claim that I’m insulting you because I disagree with you.

Me:  I didn’t say you were insulting me, I was just pointing out that its dangerously close to being insulting to suggest that a queer-interpretation of a fictional character is “wrong” and the straight one is “right” when there’s really no definitive way to prove his sexuality either way.  

Saying that queer people are always just “reading between the lines” or that they have “wishful thinking” because they interpret something differently is the kind of stuff queer people have to deal with in media ALL the time.  And its tiring.  

Its tiring that ALL characters in media are assumed straight by default.  

Its tiring that the only way queer characters GET represented in media most of the time is through coding, especially in media marketed towards a younger audience, like comics.  

What I’m just trying to point out is that - its open to interpretation.  You don’t have to agree.  But you can’t claim to be “right” and the queers are “wrong” when it really IS a matter of how you consume the media.

Tim: Never said that I was right and all queers were wrong but this is like getting into a conversation with a religious person about the existence of God. Lack of evidence doesn’t mean you get to just put what you want there to fill the gap. I stated earlier that I’d be perfectly fine with what they do with him.

Unfortunately the evidence of him already exhibiting the tendencies to this point is utterly nonexistent.  Like the example of him living in a gay area of a city. I live in a predominantly bigoted and racist area of my state but that doesn’t make me the same. It’s not evidence.

I agree and have many times stated that there is a real lack of variety in media in general. We’re making strides, though maybe not quickly enough. When DC changed Alan Scott I felt that it was a publicity stunt and just tossing something out there to appease people, but they did it and it ended up being well constructed. They proved they weren’t ready to make that leap however when they wouldn’t allow Batgirl to marry her girlfriend.

I want more variety. I want people to have a hero that represents something about them that they can identify with. But I want it to be done properly and not by taking things out of context to try to force it to happen.

In the end I have a treasure trove of information about the character, bordering on obsession. At this point I could write a book on the character so I thought I could lend some of this to the conversation.

Me: But this is where we essentially  disagree. I could write a book on the character, too.  I AM obsessed with Captain America and frankly, I think you’re wrong to say that there’s no evidence in the existing canon.    

There are PANELS and PANELS and PANELS of him saying/doing things that can be interpreted as homoerotic.  With Bucky, and Tony, and with Falcon.  

You read them as straight/platonic.  Okay, fine.

But others read them differently - again Steve Rogers has been a mini little gay icon in comics for DECADES.  

But you can’t just say “There’s no evidence!”  There IS evidence.  There are tons of interactions with him and Bucky, or him and Tony, that can be read with homoerotic overtones.

What do we know for sure?  He’s slept with women.  Presumably even fallen in love with women.  That doesn’t mean he’s not queer.  He could be deeply in the closet, or (in my opinion, more likely) he could be bisexual.

You don’t stop being bisexual because you’ve never been with, or are not currently with, someone of the same gender.  For example, I have a friend who identifies as as bisexual man, but he’s never so much as even dated a guy.  It doesn’t mean he isn’t bisexual.  

So again, just because they haven’t explored any sexual relationships with men doesn’t mean that his feelings for Bucky are strictly platonic.   You and I can read the same panel and you get “mentor/mentee” vibes.  I read the same panel and get “he’s his emotional center”.  

Cap hardly EVER (I’d like to say NEVER, but being as I haven’t recoded EVERY instance in every comic when he’s talking about Bucky) refers to Bucky as anything other than his partner or his friend.  He doesn’t tend to say things like “He’s like a son to me” or “I love him like a brother” like you see a lot, for example, with Batman and Robin.

Again, that’s not evidence that he feels anything more than platonic.  But its also not evidence that he isn’t.

That’s the point I’m trying to make.  You keep saying “Its just not there,” and my point is, “Yes, it is.”  Your “straight” reading/interpretation of the character isn’t any more valid than my queer reading/interpretation of the character.

Another (CisHetMale) Friend:  Devil’s advocate: you can’t prove a negative, so you might as well say there’s zero evidence that I’M not bisexual as well. And plenty of evidence that I am (appreciate male forms, have said repeatedly that Chris hemsworth is hot, have pulled the hair of men or hit them for their (and my) enjoyment, etc). So nobody can accurately say he’s not bisexual. I just don’t think he is because “reasons”, and those reasons might be because I’m looking at him from an outdated perspective and because I’m oblivious to the signs. Meh.

Like I said. Cap fights for all Americans. Gay, straight, male, female, and bisexual and everything in between.

….in that vein, I would like to see how he reacts to being hit on by a transgender person sometime. Just to see. It would be very interesting, no matter what he does.

Me:  No, you can’t prove a negative.  But you, as a real person and not a fictional character, can self-identify as straight.  Captain America has never so concretely defined his sexuality.   Also, we're  talking about fictional characters, too, whose mental workings are being interpreted by the reader, and depending on your theory on literature; that’s more the “true” interpretation than what the author “intended.”

But that’s kind of the point.  You can read Cap as queer, or you can read him as straight.  One is not a “better” or “more canon” interpretation than the other.

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So there you have it?  Am I reading too much into it?  Am I just dead wrong, or is really THAT hard for people to just sit back and LISTEN to what marginalized people (in this case, a queer woman) have to say?

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Meulin Leijon | 21 | Neokat | 165cm 
Works in the science department in the main space station. She specializes in the biology and growth of Helmsmen. 

Neokats don’t glow in the dark.  Their primal origins mean that, like earth cats, they need to be invisible to other creatures in the wild so that they can catch their next meal. They have very good night vision and have excellent hearing and physical capabilities, but Meulin lost her hearing from an unexplained phenomenon.