Have you seen the sweet debate? Do you think tumblr focuses too much on the same sex relationships in Shakespeare and not overarching play? Just wanted your opinion you don't have to answer.
I did see the Discourse, which like all Tumblr Discourse is at some level hilarious. “As I said above, ‘sweet’ can’t be interpreted as gay code because straight characters use it too” is probably the funniest sentence I’ve ever read. Delightfully 1970s reactionary academia.
Do I think sweet is “gay code” as the blogger so delightfully put it? (Really gotta get somebody to tell me these secret gay codes one day) I don’t know, but I think (like @leeks-is-good said) it’s a complex word that does have certain connotations and great Shakespearean academics have built a lot more on a lot less. I don’t think the bloggers against it had any argument, which is why they tried to distract from it by attacking fandom trends. And trying to build your case that “sweet is used by straight people too” by claiming Henry V is straight doesn’t really help your argument.
Do I think the tumblr fandom focuses “too much” on queer interpretations and relationships? Well, I was the student worker in charge of compiling every single academic paper on Shakespeare written in the world over the past five decades. Of the thousands and thousands I looked at, there were maybe a few dozen, a hundred at most, that discussed a queer interpretation of Shakespeare in any sort of serious way. If the Shakespeare fandom, filled primarily with young, queer, educated academics, wants to focus on and find evidence for queer interpretations…I believe any “too much” is completely offset by the “none at all” of professional publications.
If you hate queer interpretations bc you feel like that’s all you ever hear about, talk to an established Shakespearean. Pick up literally any academic journal. Go outside for five minutes. I can promise you that you won’t find anything gay there. In the meantime, sit down, shut the fuck up, and don’t claim to believe in Foucaultian author theory then immediately whine/argue that Shakespeare did or didn’t do anything “on purpose.” 💅