Okay, so while I was talking about the awesomeness of Antoine Tripplet and the kind of family he came from versus Grant Ward and his world a thought occurred to me. Gabe Jones. Now, admittedly I love me some Steve. I love me some Bucky. But the rest of Commandos were just sort of there for me. Then, of course, Captain America: the Winter Soldier and Agents of Shield come along and give me a reason to care.
Did you know that he is an alumnus of Howard University? Lets just think about that for a moment. He attended and graduated from college prior to the War. In 1937, only about 15% of 18- to 20-year-olds attended a post secondary institution. Most of them came directly out of high school and more than likely from the wealthier classes in the United States. Now, the source I took the quote from didn’t link his sources and didn’t indicate if the number he was citing was all of the United States, or if it just included White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Males. For the sake of argument lets just say 15% includes ALL 18-to 20-year-olds. The statistic is probably lower for African-Americans.
So lets consider Gabe Jones again. Not only he ahead of 85% of those his age, he is also a prisoner of HYDRA, a Nazi offshoot. The Germans were not as harsh in their treatment towards blacks during the War like they were towards Jews, Gypsies, Slavic peoples, and homosexuals, but they were still seen as inferior. (Utterly shoved in their face as wrong by Jesse Owens, by the way, in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.) He likely wasn’t part of the 107th because the armed forces weren’t integrated during the War. It is entirely possible he was part of another unit that had been captured, experimented on, and ultimately mostly massacred.
I’m not saying Gabe Jones has a variant of the super soldier serum in him, but he’s certainly a survivor. And awesome. Clearly it’s something his grandson inherited.
Hopefully we’ll see him in Agent Carter.
Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (via thewaking)
Literally the most important thing you will read today.
How many times do I have to fucking debunk this? Because it’s seriously getting on my nerves. The word ‘virgin’ comes from the Latin word ‘Virgo’ which means maiden, pure, and sexually intact women. Romans used the term virgo to describe sexually intact women— it was not the Christians who came in and ~ruined~ everything like so many people seem to think they did (there are a lot of issues with Christianity and sexuality but this is not one of them).
I am only going to talk about the Roman side of this because that is the only one I feel comfortable speaking about, but virginity and chastity was important to the Romans. We can see how important it was when we look at the Vestal Virgins (Vestales in Latin). These were women who were put in to service of the goddess Vesta at a young age. They were to look after the ‘heart’ of Rome, which was a large fire that had to continually burn to keep the city safe and intact. These women were to remain virgins during their entire service, much like priests in the Catholic church. If a woman were to be found having lost her virginity while a Vestal Virgin, it was a huge deal to the Roman city. The very safety and sanctity of the city was in peril. These women were seen as the daughters of the state, and to have sex with one of them as a Roman citizen was seen as incest. A vestal virgin who had sex and was found guilty of it was buried in the walls of Rome to die of starvation. The man was killed. When there were issues with Rome, people often blamed the vestal virgin of losing her virginity. She acted as a scape goat.
So can we please just stop with this whole ‘Christianity is the one that cared about virginity and ruined it for every other women’ because that is not the fucking case. Rome cared about female virginity, the Greeks cared about female virginity. And I am quite certain other cultures during this time did as well.