when will people realize that just because a character looking or acting sexual is justified in canon doesn’t mean that that justification isn’t bullshit. like it or not, characters don’t have agency. writers determine what they do, how they act, who they are, and, unfortunately, a lot of the time those writers are straight white guys. just because there’s an explanation in canonical material for why widowmaker wears a skin-tight suit in overwatch, or why cortana is basically naked in halo, or why the asari in mass effect are the textbook definition of blue skinned, big-breasted all-female alien beauties, (to say nothing of the fact that the way that they reproduce, as far as i can tell, has jack shit to do with needing breasts), doesn’t mean that that explanation wasn’t created by dudebros who wanted to appeal to the straight male audience.
I would like to point out that sheith shippers (or anyone who ships him with any of the paladins tbh) might still call Shiro ‘Space Dad’ but he’s not their literal fucking dad and that the paladins are actually not children. He is the ‘dad friend’. The friend who makes sure everyone else is safe and mediates and protects and makes bad jokes and does other dad-type things. In my group of friends we have a ‘mom friend’ who is literally the same age as us. Space Dad does not mean literal dad, it doesn’t mean he’s their father or their father figure. He’s the dad friend. It’s an actual thing.