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18th century nobleman francis (~￣▽￣)~
yaaahh finally finished!
18th century nobleman francis (~￣▽￣)~
she runs a Bakery
In light of the Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy, we’ve realized that there’s a completely neglected party in the equation.
Fandom wasn’t as abuzz over Iron Man 3 than these other movies. When it comes to fandom, they’re busy talking about Loki and redemption. About Steve/Bucky versus Steve/Natasha versus Clint/Natasha versus Bucky/Natasha. About Guardians of the Galaxy versus a Black Widow /Black Panther/whatever movie that should happen.
But we’re here today about Tony Stark.
TONY STARK IS A HERO.
He’s the character who kickstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Without the success of Iron Man, we wouldn’t have The Avengers; this franchise wouldn’t exist any more. The Incredible Hulk failed, but Iron Man didn’t, and so Thor came after it, Captain America came after that. The movie caught the acclaim of so many people, especially with Robert Downey Junior’s amazing acting, but now, they aren’t paying attention.
Iron Man is important. But so many MCU fans have recently disregarded IM3: they don’t like Tony losing his arc reactor, they don’t like Tony blowing up his suits, they don’t like Tony’s real character development. And this is becoming a problem.
Tony is a character with PTSD — his struggles can be illuminated in IM3, when he remembers the portal in The Avengers. He’s realistically haunted, but he eventually realizes that he’s a hero during IM3 and saves the day. The fact that fandom is fawning over mentally-abled characters like Thor and Steve, characters who don’t go through and overcome such hardship (considering that there are theories that Tony may be bipolar, and it’s possible that RDJ played him as such, putting personal experiences into the character) is truly sickening.
Tony is a character physically disabled by his time in Afghanistan. While he does remove his arc reactor in IM3, he is still a survivor. You don’t see other characters attempting to reach for their arc reactors, desperately trying to hold onto their lives. They’re perfectly able bodied and could to do that themselves. But not Tony.
Tony previously suffered from alcoholism. It’s a disease that many people suffer with and sympathize with. It’s nothing that can be easily controlled. And it’s very probable that he inherited it from his father.
Ignoring victims. Again, it should be reiterated that Tony should be noticed, should be seen. It’s very harmful for victims to be dismissed — there are consequences.
Tony is abused by Howard Stark. IM2 shows Howard yelling at a young!Tony for touching a model (a sign of how it will later escalate from verbal to physical violence). Howard neglects him, as well. Tony is sent out to college when he’s very young, separated from his parents at a young age. And Howard even manages to fuck him up as an adult — his ‘greatest creation’ speech was left to guilt Tony’s feelings about his father, even though Howard’s the one at fault.
As several Marvel comics suggest, he is physically abused. It’s not okay that there’s fans who write Tony as a young ‘brat’ or don’t write about the abuse that Tony suffered as a child. In fact, there’s only about half as many ‘Howard’s A+ Parenting’ fics on AO3 as opposed to ‘Odin’s A+ Parenting.’
Tony goes through a lot of shit in every movie he’s been in. In every movie, he’s brought nearly to the brink of defeat and death. He gets kidnapped and tortured by terrorists; he’s made ill by palladium poisoning from the wound he’s acquired; and so on. He doesn’t deserve the pain he’s endured. He lives it, and is an inspiration.
Demiplatonic relationships. Despite his victimhood and childhood damage, Tony puts up a cheerful facade and tries to be a good friend. During Iron Man 2, he doesn’t tell Pepper and Rhodey about his palladium poisoning, not wanting them to know that he’s going to die. And even though Steve tells Tony that he’s nothing without his suit, Tony still fights beside him and eventually shakes his hand at the end of the movie.
Gender Essentialism. Many, many ships have Tony as the ‘bottom’, just because when it comes to other characters, he’s shorter than, say, Steve and Loki. He’s written with feminine, self-insert, OOC traits - which completely forgets Tony as a person. He’s not someone to be shoehorned as ‘top’ or ‘bottom’, due to his height, his build, the color of his hair.
Classism. Even though Stark Enterprises, yes, is something that Tony comes into inheritance into, he still maintains the company with real skill and talent in engineering and mechanics. His family actually starts out as poor immigrants, working their way to fame, progress, and wealth.
However, you see fandom running into the arms of Loki and Thor — who are princes, who grew up in royalty privilege. Monarchy is inherently oppressive and racist. We’ve seen it before in the Age of Imperialism, where Britain and France (who both had monarchies), start to claim every inch of non-white territory as theirs. This is why so many countries are so damaged today. We see this with Odin (Loki and Thor’s father), who conquered Jotunheim, slaughtering so many Jotuns there. The fact that tumblr decides to fangirl all over these royals is shameful.
Fans should recognize Tony Stark as the hero he is. If they don’t, they’re blind to the -ist implications of the real world. They’re erasing orphans, child abuse victims, those with PTSD, disabled persons, and alcoholics. It’s shaming at its finest (and by finest, we mean worst). In the text, Tony’s a character to be sympathized and aspired to — he’s an Avenger. He’s one of the first that Nick Fury reached out to.
We are #tonys-resistance, and we hope all of you other Tony fans are, too.
i get really uncomfortable when people don’t maximize their browser window
i’m starting a steve’s resistance
no one pays attention to steve bc hes a dweeb
its ur civic duty!feel the righteousness surging!! support the cause!1!!!
Me and Iron man haven’t been seen together at the same time either so there goes your theory
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When I say something that should not be controversial
Why aren’t 50% of coal miners women? Why not 50% of janitors or pest control workers? Don’t forget front line military!
Likewise, why aren’t men 50% of college enrollment and 50% of teachers?
We should eliminate the stupid “personal choice” thing because forcing people into certain professions is way more fun.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT FORCING PEOPLE INTO PROFESSIONS
THIS IS ABOUT WOMEN GOING INTO SCIENCE BEING DISCOURAGED
THIS IS ABOUT WOMEN BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST
FIRST, WHAT GBT SAID.^
FUNNY YOU SHOULD MENTION WOMEN COAL MINERS. BECAUSE I STUDY THEM. AND GUESS WHAT?
Women had to fight court cases to be allowed into coal mines as workers. Once a few women paved the way, thousands of women followed in short suit because on average, their incomes increased 500% over working as domestic workers, doing textile piecework and waitressing. Some saw their income jump 1000%.
Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find women have been mining coal for centuries. They were pushed out in the Victorian period because the mansplainers of the day could tolerate women wielding such a phallic object as a shovel underground with male workers present. And wearing pants! Still, women disguised themselves as men to work in the mines.
Oh, and World War II. Where did all the coal come from then? Oh, that’s right. Women. Women who were expected to stand aside and let the men take their jobs when the war was over and were denied benefits when they later developed black lung.
Also, can we just talk about how absurd it is to say that women don’t make up 50% of ‘janitors’?
Gee, I wonder if that’s because when a woman is hired to be the primary cleaner and caretaker of a property, it gets called ‘housekeeping’ or ‘maidservice’ and pays less than the EXACT SAME JOB, which if done by a man is given the title ‘janitor’?
Right. I work at NASA and I can confirm that about 90% of the custodians are women, while maybe 10% of the scientists and engineers are women. So fuck this noise about women not being janitors.
Also worth noting: women make up the majority of teachers in elementary school. But most college professors are men. Higher education is overwhelmingly dominated by men, despite the fact that most students at liberal arts colleges are women.
At science and engineering universities, however, the disparity between men’s and women’s enrollment is shocking. Some schools (Embry-Riddle, Caltech, etc.) have 3 or 4 times as many men as women in their student bodies. Women are systematically shut out of STEM disciplines in school from a very young age, so that by the time you get to college level, most of us have reached the conclusion that we suck at science and it’s not worth even trying.
Once you get to a career in science and engineering, it gets even worse. There is a cultural tendency among scientists and engineers to mistrust women. Take the example of a meeting between colleagues discussing how to engineer a particular system. Over and over again I see that a man can make a point and it is accepted by the group, whereas a woman (such as myself) needs second opinions and peer-reviewed articles to back her up.
There have been so many moments when I wanted to quit my job because I haven’t felt as respected as or equal to my male colleagues. But I know that science is important, and with so few women scientists each woman in science is important. And that keeps me going.