Hold on, I wanna talk about the cherubs and their shipping and how it relates to the whole “Human vs Alien” romance ordeal and how quadrants are a metaphor for human sexuality. I covered this more here.
I’m gonna start with Calliope because I’ve covered her before. While talking to Roxy, Callie says she doesn’t know if she’s capable of having red feelings, even though she would like to, so the topic fascinates her and she expresses it through fantasies of red relationships. She’s been pressured to believe that she, as a cherub, should have black feelings, because that’s what would be normal of her, be she never seemed to like the concept of black romance to begin with. She doesn’t understand red romance because she was never really taught about it, that doesn’t mean she isn’t capable of those emotions (much like John and black romance).
Calliope is the equivalent to a gay human who has always been fascinated by the idea of gay relationships but doesn’t think that they’re gay, because they were never educated, but has always been pressured by society to believe that it isn’t normal to have those feelings.
Now for Caliborn. He’s the inverse, like many things with each other. Caliborn loves black romance and is disgusted by red romance. He’s seen bringing up blackrom several times and explains it to Jane as what’s normal for his species. He sees red relationships as “pornography”, as if they are something scandalous and dirty. Dirk describes this as Caliborn “Fetishizing his disgust for it”. Make no mistake, he does like it, but for the wrong reasons. This is further driven home by the fact that he starts to draw amateur yaoi.
Caliborn is the equivalent to a straight human who fetishizes gay relationships because they dare disgusted by the concept, but find it sinful and hot. He’s basically the equivalent of a yaoi fangirl, who sees a gay couple holding hands as dirty, and thus something to get off on.
The outlets for both of the cherubs are their shipping, see how Calliope handles hers with respect and finds genuine interest in the topic, while Caliborn demands pornography and treats it like something dirty.