Im all for girls drawing and writing self indulgent bullshit, especially considering about 97% of the media around today is just men writing and drawing self indulgent bullshit
But anyway, I recently sat down to figure out exactly where Steve’s local gay bars would be, or where the closest ones would be, for purposes of plotting things out, and uh … turns out that Steve Rogers lived in the MIDDLE of the biggest cruising/gay bar/gay hangouts area of Brooklyn. Like, a couple blocks from the St. George Hotel, which was almost entirely gay by the early 40s.
This is actually a really great, fascinating essay on the area and time Steve grew up in. The whole idea that Steve (and Bucky even more) would be completely, totally clueless seems even more ridiculous when you really look at this stuff.
This is really fascinating in and of itself, not just because of the background for Steve (and Bucky).
And considering the number of blushing, prudish Steves in fanfic, it shows painfully clearly the differences between the history written for schoolbooks and the stuff that actually happened.
I think a lot of the blushing wallflower stuff with Steve is because he’s canonically a blithering idiot around Peggy like 70% of the time and people generalize and exaggerate that in ways that have to do with bad, lazy writing, with poor craftsmanship, as much as anything else, but popular notions of history go a long way towards it, too, *especially* where same-sex attraction is concerned, and this is great history.
my headcanon is that the remaining members of team science are going to put up a little sign in the morgue that says “What Would Beverly Do” and they always look at it when they’re feeling frustrated or lost on a case