Yesterday I went to see The Avengers. And in between such awesomeness as the Black Widow beating up a bunch of guys while tied to a chair and the Hulk smashing Loki against the floor like a child playing with a rag doll (highlight to reveal spoilers), I couldn’t help but notice a striking similarity between the philosophy of supervillain demi-god Loki of Asgard and the musings of anti-feminist polemicist Katie Roiphe in her recent Newsweek cover article. Can you tell the difference between Loki’s lines and Roiphe’s? Let’s find out!
1. “KNEEL! Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It is the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.”
2. “[There is something] basically liberating about being overcome or overpowered.”
3. “A release, a vacation, an escape from the dreariness and hard work of equality.”
4. “Freedom is life’s great lie. Once you accept that, in your heart, you will know peace.”
Answers: 1. Loki; 2. Roiphe; 3. Roiphe; 4. Loki
All Roiphe quotes come from Katie Roiphe, “The Fantasy Life of Working Women: Why Surrender is a Feminist Dream,” Newsweek 159 no. 18 (30 April 2012).
All Loki quotes come from The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedom (2012; Marvel Studios), Theatrical Release.