Originally Posted by Hawkingbird
I'm getting slightly irritated, I'm hearing things that are edging on sexist...
If you mean from the people supporting the idea of Rescue Armor, then yeah, I agree it's borderline sexist. Making Pepper too weak to handle things herself; letting Tony treat her like his own personal property that he can put under lock and key ("don't scratch the paint, dude")....yeah, pretty sexist.
Originally Posted by xeno000
Let's sum up the last few pages of this thread:
Pepper is a strong woman so she doesn't need a suit of her own for defense because, as we all know, strong women are bulletproof and can withstand mansion-destroying explosions. In fact, if Tony gives Pepper a suit that will make her weaker
because then she'll be a damsel in need of saving. (The fact that she's a sitting duck in need of saving whenever they get attacked by one of Tony's many enemies anyway is beside the point.) What she should do is wait until Tony saves her himself, in his own Iron Man suit, rather than having any means of getting herself out of trouble. By waiting to be saved by a man and running for her life in designer shoes, instead of saving herself with readily available technology, Pepper will stay true to her character (as Tony's shrieking secretary) and prove that she's a tough secretary
CEO who doesn't need a man to be strong.
Do you buy that? I don't buy that. But then we're women. We just don't know our place.
The dilemma of the hero's girlfriend is ancient in fiction. In superhero fiction, Pepper is no more and no less at risk than Lois Lane, Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy, Betty Ross, Jane Foster, Iris West, Karen Page and any other you care to name. Has anyone ever suggested that any of *these* women get special protection from all the supervillains their men have coming after them....?
Superheroes do dangerous things. Superheroes make dangerous enemies. Those dangerous enemies target the superheroes' loved ones. Comes with the territory. If a hero doesn't want his girlfriend to get hurt, here are his options: (a) keep her under close watch and lock & key night and day; (b) keep their relationship on the down-low so that villains don't see the connection; (c) play the field instead of tying himself down to just one girl; (d) only date superheroines who are strong enough to hold their own against his enemies; or (e) live life normally and trust her to be smart enough and resourceful enough to stay out of trouble (and pray that their writers aren't sadistic enough to spam woman-in-refrigerator syndrome --- here's lookin' at you, Daredevil).
Or, he could just realize the only true way to keep her safe is for him to break up with her, like Spidey did in the Raimi and Webb films.
Barring that, his best bet is to follow Bruce Wayne's lead and firmly commit to bachelorhood.