man in an era when what it means to be a man is changing.And to look at modern masculinity, we’re going to take a look at a character from the past.Steve Rodgers is an interesting exercise in contrasts.
His greatest strengths were his moral core and the optimism that he’d make it through eventually, no matter how much work it’d take. Would standing up to a bully end with his getting a muddy hole stomped into his spine? Would the military not take him because he was 90 lbs sopping wet? not because he’s trying to be a badass but because he wants to help people who can’t help themselves.
It often ties into a belief that previous generations had it right and that ours has lost its way, as well as providing comfortable, distinct sign posts and guides for behavior.
Ironically enough, however, this man from the past is a beacon for being a man For a man born in the 20s and raised in the 30s, Rogers is actually an excellent example of what non-toxic masculinity in the modern day.
In fact, the overall arc of Steve’s relationship with Bucky is one that is frequently reserved for romantic partners.
But as much as Tumblr may lurve #Stucky, it actually ends up making the same mistake that isolates so many men: it conflates emotional intimacy with romance and becomes part of why so many men are starved for an emotional connection with others.It’s that moral clarity that makes Rogers, even when he’s a scrawny weakling, so compelling.