I’m teaching a course this term on Gender & Media, and last week and this week we’ve been talking about representation of masculinity. We started with the idea of three common discourses of masculinity — traditional masculinity, the “new man”, and the lad (British usage – we’re calling him the ‘guy’ in my American classroom). Then we’ve been talking about which men are left out; that is, how these discourses are implicitly white, middle-class, heterosexual, etc.
Then this popped up in my social media stream: The 5 Most Insulting Defenses of Nerd Racism. I’m eager to share it with my students, but I thought some of my comic-nerd friends here would have some smart things to say that might help me discuss with my class.
And things got really weird when people started arguing that Heimdall, a god from the Thor mythology, couldn’t be played by Idris Elba, despite the fact that we would’ve happily watched Idris Elba play Captain America because Idris Elba is awesome
Idris Elba as Captain America would be pretty awesome.