So I’ve been reading a lot of meta lately, and some of the responses I’ve seen have got my hackles up. Read at your peril.
Goddamn but I do hate queer-baiting. I hate the whole concept it represents, I hate that it happens, but most of all, I hate that certain quarters in a fandom will use it as an excuse to discourage/disprove any points a gay ship has towards becoming canon.
"Oh, Regina and Emma touched one another and made literal magic? Queer baiting!"
"Oh, Castiel told Dean that he was his primary motivation in abandoning heaven? Queer baiting!"
I think we can all agree that if there was a Universal Declaration of Fan Rights, the right to ship whomever and whatever we want, no matter how strange, disturbing and/or ridiculously adorable the pairing, would be at the very top of that list. Shipping, especially when in regards to non-canonical couples, often reflects what we as individuals desire in relationships, and our own subjective views of what would be cute, sexy or funny to see in a romantic pairing. However, shipping isn’t something that is simply based on our own individual views and desires alone. Fandoms are essentially interactive...