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Anonymous asked: Why does Chris Evans always grab his left boob when he laughs?


Hello, anon, and thank you for the question.

This topic has been studied by by researchers for years. There are three prevailing theories that I will relay to you now.

1. It keeps him on the ground.


You may notice in the gif above that Chris’ leg starts to rise as he laughs, possibly a precursor to his entire body undergoing a sort of lift off due to his joy. Chris then employs his upper body strength to force himself to obey the laws of gravity.

2. To check on his physique.


As you may be aware, anon, it takes a lot of hard work to maintain a superhero body. Chris is concerned that in the time he has spent sitting down, sans working out or eating, he has lost muscle mass. Understandably, he feels the need to make sure that he is still a specimen.

3. Object permanence.


Object permanence is a term applied to the understanding that an object still exists even when you cannot see it. Chris closes his eyes when he laughs, making him unable to see that he has not disappeared. By grabbing his left boob, Chris knows that he has not somehow ceased to exist.

I hope this helps.


#and then she killed him  #the end  (via peggyleads)

See this is the scene I direct people to when they ask why Pepper took down Killian, and not Tony. Partly the point of Pepper being the final powerhouse saviour in the film is to show that hey, if anyone is kicking anyone’s ass around here, Pepper’s doing the ass-kicking. Pepper has always been the strongest between Tony and herself- it’s just that she was usually the business end rather than the fighting end, the one coordinating the battle behind the scenes.

 But here there is no behind the scenes. Pepper is in the direct firing line here. And Aldrich Killian is doing what so many people do to her- underestimate her. Belittle her. Think that she is weak and insignificant next to Tony. Killian thinks that he can own her.

 And when Pepper is belittled and possessed, she always takes control over them. She gets the upper hand no matter what, because she is Pepper Goddamn Potts and she will not be owned. 

 So here she stares Killian down with, yes, fear, but not submission. Because she already knows she is going to make Aldrich Killian pay.

 And for the first time, Pepper Potts gets to show overtly just how strong she is. 

hythrain asked: The other day I saw your tweets about how a lot of the female empowerment message is mediated through guys. I agree with this completely, but I'm also concerned. Why? Well, I'm a guy myself and I want to be a writer. For years I've been improving on my writing of female characters and trying to make empowered female characters and spread that message. What are things I should avoid to make the message come out more properly and not filtered?



I often get this nagging feeling that because I am talking about women and female characters and female creators so much, people might think I automatically have something against male creators.

I don’t. Every new writer is a blank slate to me, everyone gets a fair shot. Everyone is capable of doing good work until they show otherwise.

The gender someone calls themselves doesn’t bestow any magic powers or insight or ability. Some of the best writers of female characters identify as male and some of the worst do not. I would rather read a Greg Rucka female than a female by a merely average female author.

The fact that this is a concern to you is a good sign. Hopefully, it’s not JUST women characters that you want to represent well, because there are lots of other groups that have historically been marginalized and stereotyped as well.

It’s just that historically, a lot of the tropes of female characters have been repeated so endlessly that it is painful to the female reader.

Some things I hope people watch out for…

1) The Perfect Everything. Often, we see guys write female characters as without flaws. This isn’t really what we want…look at the books that have huge female audiences. We do not tend to embrace the perfect woman who never makes a mistake. You can make your females have flaws, just be honest about it and avoid making them similar to stereotypes of the past.

2) The Character With No Steering Wheel. Even more often, we see women who have no agency and no direction or motive of their own. These characters are solely dependent on following a man. I am not saying never write this person, but keep in mind if that is a character YOU would enjoy reading about.

3) The Mystery Of Woman is Bullshit. I hate this trope, the woman who is supposed to represent what mysterious, sexy, tantalizing but unknowable creatures women are. It’s a staple of noir fiction, and it always sucks. Women aren’t treasure maps.

There’s a lot more but that may help a bit. Good luck!