Sometimes Equality Looks Like a Shield

Wise words from our own Sierra

Duchess of DC (and More!)

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I spent a good portion of today reading nothing but criticism of what it means to be a woman in a superhero movie. I became dejected over the seemingly impossible and sometimes contradictory standards for heroines. Then I remembered one of my favorite things about the interaction between Captain America & Black Widow. Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow, a strong, capable hero, has no problem allowing Steve Rogers AKA Captain America to protect her when necessary.

In the ending battle scene in the first Avengers and various Captain America: The Winter Soldier perilous scenes, there are multiple times where Widow ducks for cover behind Cap and his mighty shield, or where he initiates the protection. Sure he’s an old-fashioned guy, so part of that may be an instilled response to protect women, but it doesn’t come across as condescending as he uses the shield to protect male or female, whether…

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