I would like to start of by saying that I love Katniss Everdeen. She’s strong, rash, willful, an all-around badass leading lady (Can I even use the word lady to describe her?). But the character I’m happiest to see on screen is Peeta. Yes folks, I’m Team Peeta and proud of it.
Here’s how I find most Peeta vs. Gale debates go:
Team Gale: “Peeta is a pathetic loser who always needs Katniss to save him.”
Team Peeta: “What?!! Peeta’s wicked strong, and can throw a hundred-pound sack of flour over his head, so HA!”
Though Team Peeta isn’t necessarily wrong, I think the more compelling rebuttal might be, “So what?” Who cares that Peeta isn’t a well-oil killing machine like his girlfriend? How often do you battle to the death anyway? And besides that, Peeta Mellark is the perfect househusband. He’s thoughtful, loyal, patient, and an incredible cook. What’s not to love? And considering that Katniss is more than capable of protecting herself, why should she care about finding a big strong man to defend her honor?
Every time someone mocks Peeta for being weak, I’m reminded of how limited boys really are. How sad is it that we can’t consider a male character attractive if he’s not as physically strong as his leading lady? This not only perpetuates male dominance, but it also discredits Peeta’s traditionally feminine virtues as lesser. Katniss can be masculine and still sexy; apparently Peeta can’t do the same
We need more Peetas out there. Plenty of sensitive guys exist in the world; it’s about time we see more of them on screen.