I was talking abt this with @pterodactylichexameter and @highfaelucien at some point and I really can’t get over it: fem!Rhys not only makes feysand delightfully gay, it solves all my problems with they way Rhys is framed in the story. Rhys is the most powerful high lord in all of history, yet he’s shown as an underdog forced to adopt a heinously wicked facade in order to get any respect and protect the things he cares about. It…. mostly? makes sense? in the book? But like, let’s be real, it’s a little cognitively dissonant.
But if Rhys is a woman in a country that barely recognizes female agency and largely denies even the existence of High Ladies, of course she has to play fucking evil to get anyone to take her seriously. Of course no one respects her, no matter how powerful she is, so she has to make them fear her. Of course she has trouble keeping the illyrians in line, why would they listen to a female leader? Of course no one in the court of nightmares likes her; in the book this is explained by having Rhys be mixed race, but mixed race and a woman? No wonder people questioned the legitimacy of her heirship, no wonder Kier’s such a little shit to her. No wonder she has such an incredibly limited circle of people she can trust.
And of course Rhys is terrified to tell Feyre about her feelings or the bond; given the extreme misogyny in Prythian it’s no stretch to think there’s homophobia too, and what sapphic girl hasn’t developed feelings for a probably-straight woman and been afraid that telling them will not only get you rejected but possibly disgust them and ruin any friendship you have? And no wonder, also, that Feyre doesn’t recognize the mate bond for what it is for so long: even if she knew she liked Rhys romantically, she’d probably assume, like many of us do, that the mate bond is exclusively heterosexual. And of course Tamlin wouldn’t see Fem!Rhys as a real romantic threat, or believe the mate bond between her and Feyre is real; Tamlin would 1000000% be like “bisexuality doesn’t exist, Feyre likes my dick and Rhys is just an Evil Lesbian with Evil Lesbian Magic.”
Anyway. Please enrich ur life and consider how much sense Fem!Rhys makes.
delightfully gay story time so i was waiting in line to get through the airport security check behind this lovely black lady when one of the employees complimented her ring. the woman in front of me smiled so wide and said “thank you. my wife has good taste!”
anyways that made my whole day and i just wanted to share
so my dumb dean-is-bi because of charlie flirting with the security guard post is getting notes somehow, and here and there in the tags (shut up, tagviewer is addictive and y'all know it) it pops up that dean tells charlie how to flirt because he’s a guy, and know what guys like. and nobody has been a dick about it, but it’s made me think about why that doesn’t make sense to me.
(and to preface: if you see dean as straight, and/or deancas as platonic, that’s absolutely cool! I am all for watching the show in whatever way you enjoy the most, as long as we’re all nice to each other. this is just a contemplating as to why that scene screams bi-as-hell to me, and feel free to ignore!)
firstly: charlie. yeah, she is delightfully gay as hell. and I realize that while she is a supergenius, that doesn’t necessarily translate to social skills, at all. but she’s reinvented herself so many times, she knows how to get what she needs. even under the stress of the situation, her reaction of “I can’t, he’s not a girl” doesn’t make sense, and is insulting to her character.
also – and I just noticed this – let’s think about how sam paralleled her EXPLICITLY to hermione like thirty seconds prior to this scene – hermione, who went out with (or at least went to a dance with) cormac mclaggen, who she was utterly *repelled* by, for her own purposes (to get back at ron).
secondly: “dean is a guy so he knows what guys like” – now, this is completely subjective, so YMMV. I suck awfully at flirting with girls (which is a bummer, really), because I only know what I like, and don’t assume other girls are the same. on the other hand, I know how to flirt with guys (poorly), because I have been doing so (poorly) for a long time, and so have a general idea as to what gets a positive reception. it seems to make more sense that people learn to flirt based on the reactions they receive moreso than a static “this is what I like”, especially someone as perceptive as dean winchester.
thirdly – this is a little weak, maybe – is sam’s reaction. yeah, the raised eyebrows and teasing is pretty in character for the brother, but again, sam told charlie to channel hermione like a minute ago, and now he’s kinda making fun of dean for helping her flirt?
which brings me to the key point that like: tv shows aren’t real life and adhere to their own rules. I mean, I think even in real life – minus, you know, the monsters, and apocalypse, and death and resurrections and shit – a lot of those things would make people wonder about dean’s sexuality. but in real life, subtext ain’t shit – nobody’s gay straight bi ace anything unless they identify as such, obviously.
but spn writers have been doing this for a very long time, and they are (mostly) very good at what they do.
IRL: if a guy randomly checks a dude? means absolutely nothing. TV: if male character is specifically instructed to check out random dude when it doesn’t further the plot at all? nope, it doesn’t mean he’s bi, but yeah, it explictly opens it to subtext.
likewise, the bisexual flag in naomi’s office when she’s brainwashing him – yeah, it’s upside-down, but I can’t imagine that’s accidental – especially since, you know, the set designer… . .
none of these things ascertain dean is bi, but when people are like “I don’t understand how anyone even thinks he’s not totally hetero” I’m a little confused…