Here is how Bucky Barnes (and more specifically, the Winter Soldier) is positioned in the film canon as a woman, specifically as a “damsel”/love interest in the first movie and a “broken bird” in the second
• Love for the hero as defining feature
• bodily autonomy is violently denied
• rescuing the damsel is what first motivates hero to take up arms and fight the enemy
• once joins the party, interacts with nobody but the hero
• “dies” just before final battle to provide motivation to hero to face the Ultimate Evil
• initially appears to be a villain with independent agenda
• but is revealed to actually be a victim and 100% at the mercy of a patriarchal figure
• has lived through multiple traumas and has had personal agency completely stripped away
• has no sense of personal identity
• saved through the Power of Love
• chasing and healing the broken bird becomes the hero’s primary motivation at the end of the movie
tl;dr Bucky Barnes is coded as a love interest and a Damsel in Distress. Compare to Johanna in the musical Sweeney Todd, Anthy Himemiya in Revolutionary Girl Utena, Cosette in Victor Hugo’s novel Les Miserables, et al.
- Mallory Ortberg’s review of X-Men Days of Future Past for The Toast
BUT WAIT A MINUTE THIS QUOTE LEAVES OUT THE NEXT LINE WHICH IS THE BEST LINE: "That is so campy Susan Sontag just sat up in her grave and texted John Waters “omg did u hear about Magneto?!!!”"
BUT ALSO THAT ENTIRE ARTICLE IS AMAZEBALLS GO READ IT
A lot of time and energy has been spent debating the artistic merit of Marvel’s infamous Spider-Woman #1 butt cover, but now it’s time for science to weigh in.This isn’t a case of unrealistic beauty standards—it’s a picture of something that crawled straight out of Silent Hill.
Sebastian’s reaction when the moderator kept calling Bucky a villain [x]
I’m entertained by his slow building annoyance at the villain title. It started out that he would try to suppress his instant reaction of disgust. Now he just openly makes horrible faces.
the people who say this … do they suffer from some kind of moral insanity or have they just not seen the movie?