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.
THIS IS NO PLACE FOR A GIRL ON FIRE.
It’s as if I’m Finnick, watching images of my life flash by.
The mast of a boat, a silver parachute, Mags laughing, a pink sky, Beetee’s trident, Annie in her wedding dress, waves breaking over rocks.
Then it’s over.
Yes, frosting. The final defense of the dying.
“Finnick?” I say, “Maybe some pants?
today my school principal dressed up like Effie Trinket and went around screaming HAPPY HUNGER GAMES while riding around oN A SEGWAY OMFG I’M CRYING
…the warmth of Rue at my side, her head cradled on my shoulder, have given me a sense of security.
Martha Jones. The Girl on Fire.The world will be watching.
this is actually the most perfect thing i’ve ever seen.
hello, martha is the “voice of a nightengale” for fuck’s sake