Hate ships just aren’t really appealing to me anymore. I don’t like ships where th entire basis is a little bit of sexual tension is keeping two or more characters from killing each other or beating each other senseless. It’s not something that can realistically last and hits really close to home because hate ships especially on tumblr go very quickly from “they hate each other but love each other” to “mutually assured destruction of each other riddled with abuse”. Honestly I’m so tired of it; take pretty much any hate ship and replace the characters, all the fanart, fics, and so on is the same.
Instead can we have ships that spar? Actual sparring, like training. Mutually working together to get stronger together but without actually trying to kill each other. Ones they’d die for each other, not kill each other. They’d actually have room to grow, adapt, learn from and teach each other but still get the rough and tumble hot and heavy furious sparring sessions but nobody’s being beaten within an inch of their life. Gimme ships where they’ll roll around in the dirt throwing punches but at the end of the day know when to stop because the sparring is done for the day before it’s gone too far, still mean the world to each other, and still actually seem like they love each other like normal people.
I’m just so tired of normalized abuse.