Man, all I want in life is to grow up in extreme poverty under a grossly corrupt government. Then I want to fight to the death with my peers who were forced into this just like I was. Then I want to win that fight and in the best case scenario live with ptsd but not be poor anymore but then have the president of this horrific government have a personal hatred of me and make me a pawn in stopping a rebellion i am terrified of while at the same time being made into the celebrity face of this corrupt system. And then I want to be thrown back into that fight with other past winners. And then I want to lose the one solid good thing I had in my life and have him completely destroyed because of me. And then I have to be the face of a war and be terrified and feel inadequate the whole time. And then why not just kill the person I was doing all of this for in the first place for the lols. And then when it’s all over can i spend the rest of my life with the rebuilt shell of the best person I ever knew and we can live together with our ptsd yay
You know, Peeta’s unconventional masculinity is as relevant for traditional gender subversion in The Hunger Games as Katniss’s unconventional femininity.
It’s a bit annoying to see everyone and their mother praising Katniss for being such a unique action female hero, and then hearing those same people making fun of Peeta for being a weakling and a ‘sissy’.
Yes, Peeta paints sunsets and bakes cookies and frosts cakes. He is sometimes/usually unarmed and needs Katniss’s protection. He needs saving at several points across the story, and eventually he is captured and needs rescuing.
So what? Just as Katniss can be dextrous at archery, an assassin and a leader in combat, while retaining her kindness, humanity and selflessness, Peeta can paint, bake, and not be a traditional male action hero and still be the male lead and romantic hero of the story. He can still be sexually alluring for Katniss and capable of extremely heroic actions, while needing rescue and baking cakes.
And if you can’t see how relevant it is for this story and for a younger generation to understand that traditional and media-approved masculinity is also a social construct/imposition, as restrictive and reactionary as enforced traditional femininity can be, then the joke’s on you.
Alexa Chung has been on my dash twice today. life is the worst
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I just applied for an assistant manager job at my work