queer superheroes r us
the other day i surprised (scared?) a fangirl at the local comic shop by mildly talking about my queer DCU ships (Jason/Tim, Steph/Cass)… it was kind of sad, really, in the end, that talking about Tim shacking up with anyone but Steph was a Problem. (it wasn’t even an OTP thing— it was clearly something that made her uncomfortable— and she sort of recovered by saying “oh well i could see [Tim] with Kon, if it had to be [another boy].” she did not make a mention at all about Steph and Cass.)
and i mean, it wasn’t malicious queerphobia. but it’s still definitely smacked of “phobia”, lemme tell you.
we talked briefly about Bruce & Selina, and i voiced my problems with Talia (w/r/t to Damian’s conception), etc, and we agreed on them… however, had i’d mentioned the fact i ship Bruce with Dick and Selina at the same time, i’m sure that would have bothered her too.
people always complain about fanfolk “making everyone gay”. well, i don’t make everyone gay: i make everyone slide up and down the kinsey scale. there are no absolute 0s or 6s in my world. (and some people aren’t even on the scale, like my Arthur Curry.) they have multiple partners, romantic/sexual/otherwise, and the can still save the fucking universe when they need to regardless of whatever they’re doing personally.
i guess i like to live in a little internet bubble where the only problems i come across are conflicting OTPs, not raging against the queerness inherent in the pairing. i dunno.
anyway, what i’m saying is: i can no longer imagine a fictional universe that isn’t a little (lot) bit queer. it just doesn’t make sense to me. and it seems to scare people that it’s my first thought on the matter.