The reveal that Black Widow was playing Loki for information the entire scene turns it all upside-down. I’m not sure people are quite getting that. She tricked Loki. She used his very perception of her as weak (mewling) and vulnerable (woman) to lure him into an arrogant display of critical information. She has the guy’s number. She’s a superspy, this is what she does. The entire conversation with Loki is a direct callback to her first scene, where she quite handily collected information from a group of Russian thugs who were interrogating her. Loki will tell her what she needs to know, but only when he thinks he’s facing an opponent so beneath him that he could reduce her to tears with words.
It’s a misogynist line, delivered by a despicable character. It’s also a key phrase in a scene that’s entirely about why Black Widow is an essential team member and more than capable of matching wits with a very smart and powerful adversary. She’s an incredibly effective spy, and in case the opening scene didn’t convince you of that fact, she just tricked the trickster god himself.
It is astounding how significantly one idea can shape a society and its policies. Consider this one.
If taxes on the rich go up, job creation will go down.
This idea is an article of faith for Republicans and seldom challenged by Democrats and has shaped much of today’s economic landscape.
But sometimes the ideas that we know to be true are dead wrong. For thousands of years people were sure that earth was at the center of the universe. It’s not, and an astronomer who still believed that it was, would do some lousy astronomy.
In the same way, a policy maker who believed that the rich and businesses are “job creators” and therefore should not be taxed, would make equally bad policy.
I have started or helped start, dozens of businesses and initially hired lots of people. But if no one could have afforded to buy what we had to sell, my businesses would all have failed and all those jobs would have evaporated.
That’s why I can say with confidence that rich people don’t create jobs, nor do businesses, large or small. What does lead to more employment is a “circle of life” like feedback loop between customers and businesses. And only consumers can set in motion this virtuous cycle of increasing demand and hiring. In this sense, an ordinary middle-class consumer is far more of a job creator than a capitalist like me.
Women of all sizes are regularly subjected to body policing, people of all sizes come in an array of bigotry levels, the pain of food-based shame is not lesser at a lower body weight, all women are at risk of having body image issues (conversely, women at all sizes might have fabulous self-images), and thin women as well as fat and inbetween can have a hell of a time getting doctors to listen to and believe them.
But? None of those things disprove thin privilege. And furthermore, they all are a consequence of fatphobia.
So, in response to my Nihilism and Thin Privilege blog from a couple of entries back, I got a fairly fucking angry response from someone who has way too much time on their hands. For a kick-off, I think that’s the first time I’ve ever been shouted because someone thought I hadn’t interpretted the…