Hey ! I just saw your post about not fetishising gay men. I most definitely understand and also despise that, but as I am not a gay man (I am a mere bisexual lady), I was wondering if that applies to just shipping two men in a relationship? I've seen a lot of posts on tumblr lately implying that fetishising men and shipping men is the same thing and I'm a little worried because I definitely have a few gay ships that I read about and support. (along with lesbian/bi/straight ships too). Thanks!
(Also I’m aware you’re not a gay man but I thought if you made the post you or your followers might have more insight than me). Have a rad day :)
Shipping gay fictional characters doesn’t mean inherently fetishizing them!! There’s nothing wrong with appreciating a particular gay ship, especially when coming from other gay people (with some exceptions, sadly). The problem stands with the way cishet women see gay ships as something that exists solely for their personal enjoyment: calling them their “sinful babies” and writing gay sex based on porn or even just on their personal fantasies with no regard to safety or common sense, recurring to bad homophobic tropes (abuse, cheating, forcing the partner to come out etc.) to “spice things up” in the ship, using transphobic tropes for the sake of “angst”, excusing incest, abuse and pedophilia for the sake of seeing two male characters together. The problem also stands with how they tend to put aside male characters of color and/or make them “evil” to make some other ship happen. Fandom culture as I’ve known it since I was a kid is deeply rooted in homophobia, transphobia and racism, and that is what I am against. But no, shipping per se is nothing bad.
Worldbuilding June Day 5: Civilization and Architecture
The first thing any foreign visitor to Anticode will notice is the lock system used by ships to navigate past the waterfall between it and the sea.
There are two lock structures. The original lock, officially called the Provisional Lock, was a comparative rush job, built to simply provide any water access to Toja Plia. The Provisional Lock is a single, extremely tall chamber vertically bored out of rock, earning it the nickname “The Well”; its capacity is extremely limited, only able to service a few mid-size ships each day.
Despite its limitations, it already qualified as a world wonder of hydrological engineering, until its planned replacement opened a few decades later. It no longer sees commercial use, but it is kept in operation for emergency service.
Today, trading ships use the Grand Canal Lock, a much higher-capacity structure formed from many smaller locks chained together. It can pipeline dozens of ships at a time, using far less water for each, and has two lanes to allow ships to simultaneously ascend and descend.
Travel through the locks can be a tedious process, taking most of a full day; it’s not uncommon for visitors to disembark at the bottom of the locks and hike to the top to see the city ahead of their luggage. The stairs along the appropriately-nicknamed “Staircase” lock have thus been augmented over the years with rest plazas, food vendors, and an inn or two.
Despite the hassle, Anticode is worth the trip. It’s become the cultural capital of its hemisphere, with many theaters, parks, restaurants, and art installations.
Indeed, the city itself is a work of art. Over a century later, Governor Kuva’s Architecture Commission still maintains a strict theme for the city development. The governing principle of the city’s style is the rectangle; streets are laid out on a grid system (though one allowed to cheat to follow the river shore’s curve) and buildings are noticeably “boxy” with few external adornments.
The main building material is adobe, carrying over from the dominant construction style in the Hyena’s homeland.
Although some simpler buildings are merely painted a bright white, murals are encouraged, turning the flat surfaces into canvases. The “canonical” mural style, called Rectilinear Style, uses squares of color to build up an image.
Since Anticode is located on a floodplain, the Cat engineers insisted the construction account for it, suggesting a technique occasionally adopted in their own homelands. Specifically, the streets of Anticode are actually located nearly a full story above the ground, leaving the building “basements” actually above ground and easier to drain.
Due to the city’s dense development policy, this fact is rarely noticeable from the streets, but occasionally construction sites reveal the undercity.
The architectural uniformity is not very friendly to Birds, however; the Architecture Commission still rejects perches and elevated doors. As a general rule, Birds don’t live in Anticode when not on business.
Most of them have instead migrated to the east, building more accommodating towns along the Toj Shannil river. The favored style along the river is wood-based, tall, thin buildings, with decks often wrapping around every story.
While rummaging through a box he found in the attic, England uncovers some old photos, along with old memories.
(These took so long to make, I hope you guys like them! I was trying to put subtle stuff in the photos to try and tell a story, I’ve never done it before so it was good practice! I might end up writing something for this if I decide to stop being lazy.)
Can we just let people enjoy things, please?? Let Hamilton fans blast the songs and sing along. Let the DEH make Connor is alive AUs and draw him with flowers in his hair. Let Heathers fans ship JD and Veronica. They are literally not hurting anyone?? As long as they recognize that Hamilton/Connor/JD/whoever are all still horrible people and their flaws are not forgiven then??? Why are you so against people having fun. Let them make stupid jokes and let them ship their stuff and get over it. Just because you’re bitter and decided that you can’t like anything that other people like it doesn’t mean that you have to hate on other people’s fun. Let them enjoy things. Don’t be a prick.
A - Ships that you currently like a lot. (They don’t have to be OTPs because not everyone has OTPs.) Friendships, pairings, threesomes, etc. are allowed.
B - A pairing–platonic, romantic or sexual–that you initially didn’t consider, but someone changed your mind.
C - A ship you have never liked and probably never will.
D - A pairing you wish you liked but just can’t.
E - Have you added anything cracky/hilarious to your fandom? If so, what?
F - What’s the longest you’ve ever been in a fandom?
G - Have you ever had an OTP? If so, do you remember your first one? Who was in it?
H - What is your favorite source text for fandom stuff (e.g., TV shows, movies, books, anime, Western animation, etc.)?
I - Has Tumblr caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why?
J - Name a fandom you didn’t think about until you saw it all over Tumblr. (You don’t have to care about it or follow it; it just has to be something that Tumblr made you aware of.)
K - What character has your favorite development arc/the best development arc?
L - Say something genuinely nice about a character who isn’t one of your faves. (Characters you’re neutral about are fair game, as are characters you merely dislike. Characters that you absolutely loathe with the fire of ten thousand suns are exempt, as there is no point in giving yourself an aneurysm over a character that you hate.)
M - Name a character that you’d like to have for a friend.
N - Name three things you wish you saw more or in your main fandom (or a fandom of choice).
O - Choose a song at random. Which ship or character does it remind you of?
P - Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas).
Q - A fandom you’ve abandoned and why.
R - Which friendship/platonic relationship is your favorite in fandom?
S - Show us an example of your personal headcanon (prompts optional but encouraged)
T - Do you have any hard and fast headcanons that you will die defending?
U - Three favorite characters from three different fandoms, and why they’re your favorites.
V - Which character do you relate to most?
W - A trope which you are virtually certain to hate in any fandom.
X - A trope which you are almost certain to love in any fandom.
Y - What are your secondhand fandoms (i.e., fandoms you aren’t in personally but are tangentially familiar with because your friends/people on your dash are in them)?
Z - Just ramble about something fan-related, go go go! (Prompts optional but encouraged.)
Tony couldn’t seep. Sometimes he managed a few hours if he was tired enough, so usually he went to the gym and worked out until he was exhausted. Tonight, though, he found the gym already occupied: Barnes, with his hair tied up, working steadily at the heavy bag. Normally Tony would make an awkward comment and leave him to it, but instead he just heads for the opposite side of the gym. After setting up at one of the far treadmills, Tony worked his way to a easy run. Barnes was laying his fists rhythmically into the bag, and the quiet thumping was sort of strangely soothing. Between the running and the thumping, Tony slipped into a near-trancelike state.
And then Barnes let out an ungodly howl, drew back his left fist, and slammed it straight through the heavy bag with a roar of, “DIE A THOUSAND BURNING DEATHS!”
Tony fell off the treadmill, scrambled to his feet, and booked it to the elevator.
holy shit you guys there was a spider on my punching bag !!! thanks to my many years of combat experience & martial arts training things are okay now
“I know how to play a few on a guitar,” Keith offered. “I don’t own one, though.”
Shiro could see it. Keith, sitting in a corner or a bench somewhere, the roughened pads of his fingers on the taut strings. Maybe he didn’t sing, but did he hum?
“…Something on my hands?”
“Hm? I was just thinking you can see the callouses–” he reached for Keith’s hand, cupping it in his palm so he could see them better. “Your fingers are hard, right at the places where they’d meet the strings.”
The motion had been so easy that it took the soft hush for him to realize what he’d done. Keith’s hand was warm in his own, fitting so easily like it was only natural to be there.
I feel like I need to clear something up. I see all these posts like “stop using sinning and saying u need Jesus when talking about gay ships. It’s homophobic” blah blah blah
I know not every shipper sees it the way I do, but I feel many others might, so let me try to explain right quick. We don’t use the word “sinning” to describe these otps because they’re GAY, we use it because the situation that we have put that particular otp in is incredibly sexual and sometimes disgusting. It has 0 to do with the sexuality or gender of the ship. Good lord, I once read a fic of my gay otp where one of them put a banana in the others ass while having sex (years ago, I was reading a lot of weird shit).
Calling something sinning or saying “I need Jesus” when referring to a ship has fuck all about them being gay. It’s the incredibly graphic sexual situation we put them in that is the “sinning” part. If I read the stories I do now with straight ships, I’d still comedically call it sinning because of how vivid and graphic the sex is in these fics. If I were to watch a straight couple where one of them paddled the other one on the ass then proceeded to tie them to a bed post and fuck the day lights out of them while they were gagged, I would still end that with “Holy shit, I need Jesus.” Why the fuck do you think pictures or fics about two dudes cuddling is not tagged sinning??
We ship these ships because we love and believe in them. What, do you think we ship them, but then secretly we’re like “yeah these two are a beautiful couple, BUT THEY’RE SUCH SIN OMG THIS IS GROSS AND DISGUSTING I CANT BELIVE THIS.” I can guarantee, that is not the case.
The “sinning” term is just our way of trying to convey that what we are reading is intensely graphic, so please stop making it seem like this term has anything to do with sexuality when IT DOESN’T. AT ALL.