By all rights, he meets almost , is defined by violence.
He’s a super-soldier, with the emphasis on “soldier”, having been at the forefront of America’s war against the Nazis in World War II. His first instinct is to throw himself into harm’s way in order to save others, regardless of whether he’ll survive or not.
Steve Rodgers is an interesting exercise in contrasts.
– he focuses on doing what he always intended to do in the first place: helping others in need. Physical strength, a capacity for violence and the willingness to use it are among of the core tenets of toxic masculinity.Ignoring the shipping aspect in every way but blood and Steve doesn’t give two shits how it might come across.Ironically, it’s the fact that Cap’s a man out of time that allows for him to have this tight connection with his childhood friend – in the 1920s and 30s the idea of men having a close, even intimate relationship wasn’t seen as a sign that one or both of them might be queer.Poke around forums and subreddits devoted to manliness and you’ll see the subject come up over and over again: threatening violent revenge against people who’ve wronged you, intimidating people in order to show how bad-ass you are, “bro, do you even lift?” That is part of what makes Steve Rogers an interesting example of non-toxic masculinity.