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thor is always running into little kids who are thrilled to meet him - he doesn’t really understand the concept of signing autographs, but he starts carrying asgardian toys around in his pockets to give to kids he meets (much to shield’s chagrin - how are we supposed to keep alien tech under control when the god of thunder is giving out magnetic propulsion toys to five-year-olds?)
but one day, he meets this girl who’s nine, maybe ten, and she runs up to him all misty-eyed and immediately asks him if he knows jane foster
and her mother’s embarrassed because “honey, that’s thor, aren’t you excited to see thor?” but the girl just explains that she wants to be a scientist when she grows up, and that jane foster is the astrophysicist (she pronounces the word carefully, as if she’s been practicing) who found out how the rainbow bridge worked - isn’t that so cool? she read about it in kids discover and they watched a documentary in school and dr. foster was in it and it made her think that maybe because she likes planets so much she could be a scientist, too
and thor smiles broadly and tells her that wanting to be a scientist is a noble dream, and he says “if your mother would be willing, i could introduce you”
and that’s how jane foster ends up with a tiny science geek in pigtails trailing around behind her in her lab, asking how everything works. jane can’t really comprehend the fact that a kid would want to meet her, but she likes explaining things and she looks at this girl and can’t help seeing herself. thor is just fucking delighted because to him the idea of jane being a child’s hero makes perfect sense, why wouldn’t it? she’s jane
and years later the girl grows up to be an astrophysicist or an astronaut or an aerospace engineer and she never forgets the time that dr. jane foster knelt down beside her and said, don’t let anybody stop you from chasing the stars, if that’s what you want
jane foster inspiring girls in science, y/y
I am a die hard Swan Queen shipper, but I’ll be honest, Swan Queen (and even the likelihood the Swan Queen will never happen) is not what upsets and hurts me most about OUAT.
The treatment of Mulan as a queer character is.
What’s sad, is that the writers probably don’t even realize it.
In an attempt to boost ratings and sensationalize the show with a single “maybe” queer character, they hinted at the potential but very intentionally not explicit possibility that Mulan was in love with Aurora.
Aurora was still in love with Philip, her “True Love,” and Mulan gave up.
Then, she disappeared. Forever.
As a fan, that entire situation says a lot to me.
It says that not only can queer characters only exist in the subtext of life, but also that queer characters are not worthy of “True Love.” They exist outside of the norms of fairytales, and therefore cannot share in the magic of those stories.
But the worst part about the whole thing is that it says that in the end, queer characters should just disappear. It says that queer characters just complicate otherwise perfect stories, and should be erased in order to make things easier and better for everyone else.
It may not have been the intention of the writers to say any of this, but it sure does say a lot about how much they value the queer community if they think a single scene is “representation.”
And you have to wonder, if they subconsciously treat their queer characters like bits of scrap paper to be tossed in the trash, how do they really feel about their queer fans?