Guys, let’s be clear here. Marvel movieverse!Steve Rogers does not have a problem with powerful women.
Exhibits A-U, his major fucking thing for Peggy fucking Carter. In 2012, the US still doesn’t let women into full-on combat units. Read this if you want to see the kind of grief that real, modern women get for being in charge of training dudes in, like, real, modern, so-called enlightened America.
In the movie, Peggy Carter tells big, strong, manly men that their push-ups are weak shit. She punches assholes who hit on her in work setting. She defies orders when she thinks it’s the right thing to do; she flies into enemy territory right up to the gates of an enemy installation and goes herself. She walks up to Steve Rogers in a public place and basically says, so when this war is over, we’re going to bust some bedsprings. She shoots a gun at him when she catches him smooching another lady.
You want to fight about whether she would actually have done those things in 1943/44? Sure, we can have a fight, even though I don’t really think that sociological realism was what the movie was going for, since the villain is a Nazi who pulls off his plastic skin-face to reveal a blood-red skull. You want to talk about whether it was appropriate for her to shoot at Steve for kissing another girl? I’m happy to do so. But it’s clear Peggy is meant to read as powerful and confident to a modern audience, so you gotta ask. How would she have read to a guy actually from that area?
Startling is only the beginning of it, and guys, guys, Steve is so, so, so into it. She goes on a mission she wouldn’t be allowed on today, and like, blows up a dude in front of Steve’s eyes. His response? Just watch the movie. (Hint: It’s OH GOD LET’S MAKE OUT IN FRONT OF THIS DOOR THROUGH WHICH THE ENEMY IS ESCAPING BECAUSE I AM SO HOT FOR YOU RIGHT NOW, SO HOT)
Exhibits V-Z, Steve’s total non-goddamn problem with Natasha Romanov. Does Steve Rogers ask why she wants him to boost her up onto a grav sled? Does he have any qualms about saying that her job is to stay on the ground with him during the Chitauri battle and keep the battle with them?
(This rant has been brought to you by yet another shitty, shitty genderswap fic in which Steve has issues with powerful ladies, mostly for the purpose of him being mean to g!Tony, and other Avengers point out that he should not be mean to her! So he apologizes, and then, they have sex and babies and pretty pretty princess parties!)
(sinope, this is absolutely not directed at your genderswap. There is a lot of shitty genderswap out there; for some reason, I read it long after I shouldn’t. Yours is so not among them.)