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Old May 7 2012, 02:40 AM   #25
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Re: Captain America: Sex, War & Domination

LaxScrutiny wrote: View Post
The idea that Cap is a virgin, and "dies" a virgin at the end of his movie, is significant. Despite the supposed purity of WWII era movies, the men at the time were spreading veneral disease across Europe. The point of Captain America is that he is personally SO GODDAMNED ETHICAL AND MORAL. It's great that he is, and the comic world needs ONE character like this. WHY IS HE LIKE THIS?
Because he has a more strident moral compass than most people. Is natural human variation in personality no longer sufficient to explain character traits?

It's fair to ask that question, and it's fair to credit the movie for addressing it. Steve Rogers is the 1940s version of the 21st Century computer nerd who can't get laid. He is the cliche that we construct jokes around. It is perfectly fair to ask, what is the character and inner personality of a man who starts out that weak and powerless, who is bullied to that degree, and then becomes that powerful? His stance against bullying isn't just moral, it is OCD and bordering on fetishism.
I'm sorry, but this assertion is ridiculous and completely unsupported by anything from the film. He's opposed to fascism, and he wants to be out there, making a difference in the world.

He has made up his mind about a black and white stance on right and wrong, and become locked into it to the point of never again questioning himself.
Please. He spends half the movie questioning himself.

To think that Steve Rogers never ever ever thinks about sex or is never motivated by it, is to reduce him to something far less human than the rest of us. He is supposed to super human, not sub human. Can we not imagine that his sex drive is as powerful as his physique implies? Certainly Peggy imagines it, as well as the secretary who tries to seduce him. The sexuality is there. He represses it, this is fact. So let's not delude ourselves that there is no repercussion to this repression.
I mean, is he repressing it? Is someone who wants to wait until he's in love and married necessarily repressed -- at least, any more so than the prevailing cultural norms at the time would prompt, anyway?
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