Date: 2014-07-31 07:38 pm (UTC)
whizzy: (like a sir)
From: [personal profile] whizzy
I've seen several things bemoaning the fact that too many fanwriters only mention his asthma, ignoring his serious health conditions. If there's only one thing people take away from this post, I want it to be that when Steve was growing up, asthma alone was enough to make a child seriously disabled.


Asthma can range from mild to severe, and it bugs me that fandom insists on pegging Steve at the extreme Teddy Roosevelt end of the scale. An asthma diagnosis would not automatically make Steve disabled or put him at risk of death every time he engaged in physical activity. Just his making it through basic training is an argument against his asthma being severe, let alone his fondness for back-alley fistfights. If we bring comics into the picture, Steve is shown to have led a fairly active childhood; there's no evidence to suggest that it was different in the movies, that he would have been confined or treated as likely to fall over dead at the drop of a hat. While things like allergens and environmental factors can trigger an attack, he wouldn't necessarily be sensitive to all common triggers. Cigarette smoke for example, which I've seen as a common thing in fic, might bother him, but it might not. One type of asthma is related to physical exertion only.

You don't need anything other than the asthma to have a Steve who grew up thinking of himself as, and being treated as, very sick and what today we'd call seriously disabled. Don't compare him to modern-day people with asthma: compare him to a modern-day child with a severe heart condition.

Again, this is an extreme scenario and there is no evidence that MCU Steve's experience was anything like it.
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