Destiel, Bi!Dean and preparing the audience for a “shocker”.
I just did a re-watch of 12x10 and it really got me thinking
again about Benjamin and Cas’s talk in the car with the boys about Benjamin and
his female vessel.
At the time the episode aired, I think I was so excited
about the prospect of Cas being in a female vessel, and how this could
potentially shift a heteronormative audiences perception of Dean and Cas that I
didn’t realise just what else they were trying to do.
This is about reassurance.
This is the conversation that was had in the car:
CAS: Benjamin is always very careful. Long ago, he found a
powerfully devout vessel in Madrid, and her faith, it… she gave him
everything – her trust and her body.
DEAN: Wait. So Benjamin’s a woman?
CAS: Benjamin is an angel. His vessel is a woman. But it –
it’s – it’s more than that. She’s not just his vessel.
Just this small exchange is important as exposition for the
audience. It is about preparing the
audience for what is coming up. The idea that Cas was also once ‘a woman’.
Which, okay, no he wasn’t a woman, he just had a female vessel, but imagine how
that would have gone down had this exchange not taken place? Imagine how a
general audience would have reacted to Cas and his female vessel had Benjamin
just been another angel in a male vessel?
Probably a lot like the way Dean acted here, with confusion.
By giving us the Benjamin character and this particular
scene as well, the writer has successfully prepared the audience for Cas in his
female vessel. Preventing raised eyebrows and confusion because the audience
will remember this conversation and apply it to Cas.
“Castiel is an angel, his vessel WAS a woman. His vessel is
now a man, Cas is still a dude and it’s not weird. Cool beans.”
(when I think of a general audience watching SPN lets just
say that I certainly don’t think of the fandom or tumblr. I think of my brother
and that is something I won’t get into here. Heteronormative doesn’t even begin
to cover it.)
The fact is, making one of your three main lead male characters
a woman for an episode is a weird thing to do, the kind of thing that would probably
make some audience members uncomfortable. So adding in this exposition, this reassurance, removes that level of
discomfort, it gets them used to the idea first, like a buffer.
See for a show like SPN, whilst its always been a bit weird with its story lines, it’s never
been all that progressive. As much as
we would all like to wish that all SPN viewers were like us – liberal forward
thinking people who are willing and eager for TV to break a few taboos – the
chances are that is very much not the case. Its an old show, it has an established
audience (apparently a bipartisan audience amazingly) and therefore breaking
boundaries the way more modern shows have (such as American Gods, How to Get Away
with Murder and Orange is the New Black) just isn’t really in the cards. Those
shows established the taboo stories, the queer main characters, the
representation, from the start. They built their audience on those foundations.
SPN can’t do that without isolating part of its audience – unless it thinks
very carefully as to how it may present such notions.
I hope I am explaining this in a way that makes sense. See
this is of course about Bi!Dean and Destiel (as if anything on my blog WASN’T
about those topics). Because here’s the thing. On any other, newer show, for
Dean to come out as bisexual, for two male lead characters to enter into a
homosexual relationship, it wouldn’t be a big deal. Those shows could build
their audience around those concepts, because they would be ingrained into the
show from the start.
For Supernatural, that sadly isn’t the case. SPN didn’t
clearly establish Dean as Bisexual early on, and Destiel isn’t canon, it has always
been the subject to interpretation with just enough ‘no homo’ so that anyone
who chooses not to see it doesn’t have to (again, excluding 12x19 but we’ll get
One of the biggest hurdles to getting bi!dean and canon
destiel, is for the SPN creators to overcome this fear that half their audience
would reject them if they actually went there. It would be seen as coming ‘out
of the blue’ and all those heteronormative people would raise their eyebrows
and moan and be utterly confused by it.
That’s why Supernatural needs the buffers. It needs the
gradual exposition, the subtle desensitisation of a general audience to
anything even mildly “progressive”. If Supernatural wasn’t putting these
buffers in place already, I would think we would have a problem. I would be
much more apprehensive at even the idea that destiel could be a thing that is
What is so fantastic, is that just like in 12x10 with the
fem!Cas buffer that was Benjamin, we have already
been getting buffers all throughout the last few seasons.
Here are some of my favourites:
Jesse x Cesar – 11x19 – These guys are my absolute
favourite, they were created specifically to show the audience that you can be
a gay man and also a macho man. That gay men aren’t stereotypes, that hunters can be gay and settle down and
especially that gay romance doesn’t
change the theme of the story. The big take away from this episode is that it shows the
general audience that men like Dean
Winchester can be gay/bisexual.
Hannah – 10x17 – This
was a real eye opener for any Cas x Hannah shippers. Because Cas didn’t treat
Hannah any different, and he had exactly the same warmth and affection for
Hannah in her male vessel that he did in her female vessel. Basically this was
a nice punch in the face for any homophobes watching. SPN doesn’t care about
your heteronormative ships. You wanna ship Hannah x Cas? Fine! But Hannah’s in
a dudes body now and guess what? Cas doesn’t care! How do you feel about THAT?
God is Bisexual – 11x20 – This was just a nice big fuck you
to homophobes everywhere. Don’t like queer characters? This is NOT the show for
you! Because in our world even GOD is queer! Yay for LGBT representation! It works
as a buffer because once again it is sending a message to the general audience
that this is the kind of thing you can expect on our show. We are changed now.
Dean rides Larry – 12x11 – Okay so maybe it’s not an obvious
buffer, but it is kind of a subliminal message so I’m counting it. Dean riding
that damn bull was the most sexual scene we have had on this show in seasons
(and no that god awful thing that happened in 12x02 doesn’t count – nor does
the same god awful thing from 12x08). The jokes alone, the sexual innuendos.
This entire episode is loaded with subliminal messages basically screaming at
the general audience to maybe just consider the fact that Dean likes guys.
12x06/12x20 – Max Banes – like Jesse and Cesar Max works as
a buffer because he is another way to get the general audience used to the idea
that characters that are similar to Dean Winchester can be queer and it’s no
big deal. Max is badass, funny, smart and charming and also 100% canonically
queer (whether gay or bi we know textually that he is totally into dudes). Sam
and Dean don’t bat an eyelid at his sexuality, so neither should the audience.
It is just one part of his character and certainly not what his story is all
about. Max is proof that you can have a queer character who is a badass and a
hunter whose story is basically nothing to do with their sexuality. Their
sexuality just happens to be a part of who they are.
And finally – Destiel – season 12 – I’m making this its own
buffer because honestly? There is no way to view Dean and Cas’s relationship as
non-romantic at this point. I think that the writers have slowly been turning
up the dial on Destiel probably since 11x18. 12x19 really drummed it in for us
though. The angel/human love themes of 12x10, the textual “I love you” in
12x12, the MIXTAPE and everything else about 12x19. This is all preparation. It
is indeed a build up to a reveal. Destiel is it’s own buffer and even if people
do still accuse it of ‘coming out of nowhere’ once it goes canon, all the
writers have to do is gesture at season 12 and the fucking mixtape scene and
say to those people “in what universe does the gifting of a mixtape between
people who are not explicitly related NOT have romantic connotations?” Only a
fool would argue with that if they had any knowledge of pop culture history.
Sorry, but that’s the truth.
Anyway, that’s my thoughts on that. A show with a long
established audience about to make a move that could potentially appear (but
not really) out of left field would need to build up that move through a series
of well thought out buffers, symbols, themes and subliminal messages before
actually making it.
Like how Benjamin was the writers way of normalising Cas’s
female vessel, the past two seasons have been a journey to normalise bi!dean
and destiel in preparation for making both of these things explicitly canon. Yes we still have a way to go - it still needs to be stated explicitly in the text that Dean is into guys, in love with Cas bla bla bla, but we are getting there.
summary. Destiel is endgame. Dean is bisexual. The general audience better
learn to throw their heteronormative goggles in the bin because this is the state of this show right now, and it is good.
CANCER: Lately it seems like everywhere you look there’s another promise shattering at your feet and you can’t even think about cleaning it up yet because that makes it official. That makes it irreparable. You want to hang onto the person you were when these pacts were made, when you still believed that the people you loved were incapable of hurting you. I know it’s difficult to accept that the summer night buzzing with cicadas in your chest is going to fade to autumn, and then to winter. But sometimes you need to let things die in order to try again, and that doesn’t mean you’re giving up. It means that you’re choosing yourself over the shards at your feet.
LEO: It’s terrible that no matter the length of time that you manage to hold onto something beautiful, it always takes twice that amount of time to forget about it. It’s been weeks since your heart was ripped from your chest and you’re still dreaming nightly about icicles and dark movie theaters and other things that can’t stay. I know that this is something you’ve heard before and have refused to believe, but you deserve people that don’t leave. You deserve people that know what to do with everything that you give them. You deserve more than what you think you do.
VIRGO: You’re starting to wonder if you really made the right decision, all of those months ago. Forgetting the love that you buried under an unmarked gravestone has been more difficult than you thought it would be, even with your cement-infused heart. How long has it been since you’ve washed your mirror? You should know better than anybody that trying to evaluate yourself under a sheen of dirt is next to impossible. It’s okay to go back through the photo albums just like it’s okay to discard anything that makes you feel as though you’re trying to run through quicksand. Choose for yourself.
LIBRA: There’s a big part of you that wants to climb atop the nearest mountain and scream until your voice gives out. Scream until your efforts make a difference. Scream until your family decides to let you make your own choices. Scream until the world notices you. Scream until something, anything, works out. I don’t blame you for feeling angry or upset, or as though you’ve been shorted happiness that you deserved to get back. Things haven’t been working out but you need to remember that it isn’t your fault. It isn’t always your fault. Don’t bottle up your frustrations.
SCORPIO: You’ve brushed so much under the rug that it’s become noticeable. There’s now a lump to avoid in the center of your floor and the only thing left to do is confront it. But it’s been so long since you’ve let yourself ruminate on the cobwebs in your memory that you’re scared to acknowledge the spiders that made them. There’s no telling what’s waiting for you, and putting it off is so much easier, I know. You’re so much stronger than you think you are, though. You survived the mess its first time around and you’ll survive it throughout its victory lap. The house will feel so much safer once you get this done.
SAGITTARIUS: The best and worst days of your life tangle up so often that you’re beginning to wonder if they’re secret lovers. It seems like you can only ever be rewarded after something is taken away, like your happiness is a set of scales that somebody with a bad sense of humor is in charge of regulating. The fact that you manage to prosper despite these odds is a reason to be proud of yourself each and every day. I know that you don’t hear this too often, but I mean it when I say that you’re doing incredibly well despite the moonless nights you’ve had to endure. Don’t be afraid to let joy run rampant in your life. She’s kind.
CAPRICORN: The future feels like an avalanche that’s barreling towards you without any sign of slowing down and lately laying down in front of it has been looking like a better and better option. I know that it’s discouraging to see people younger than you are putting their life together without an instruction manual, but it’s okay to not know how everything is supposed to connect yet. You have so much time to determine who you want to be, and where you want to be it. Anybody that pushes you to think faster isn’t worth the effort to think about them. Stand tall when the storm hits, you’ll be surprised by how much you can handle.
AQUARIUS: It’s difficult to mask your impatience when it comes to personal reinvention. You’ve been waiting for so long to feel this free and susceptible to the world, you want your skin to pick up its pace: shed and regrow into something that feels more like a home and less like a body. You’re forgetting that everything meaningful takes time to reach its zenith. You know, you deserve something that doesn’t bite back when you try to feed it. And this time the universe is actually attempting to give you that. Good things are here, embrace them.
PISCES: You’ve been feeling more grateful than ever for the experiences you’ve had and the people that you’ve met, and I’m so happy that you’ve been feeling that type of light. Too often you’ve found yourself in situations not worth remembering and with people not worth your friendship, but not now. It’s okay to let your guard down, to bask in the rays of what you’ve sown. It’s improbable to believe that you will never again feel the wound of sadness, but it’s okay to live as though you won’t. You’re allowed to be happy about what you have.
ARIES: You’ve never felt this free before. It’s almost as if the past few years were all just leading up to this current era of your life. With all of this change I know that it can be difficult to decide what you should keep in your life versus what you should discard, but you have to trust yourself and your instincts. It may be easy to prioritize the happiness of those around you but prioritizing yourself should always come first. If something is causing you great stress, you’re allowed to get rid of it. You’re allowed to do what’s best for you.
TAURUS: Lately the past has been digging into you like a shovel to the earth and you’re tired of waking up with new reasons to remember what you’ve been trying to forget. The good news is that these incoming negative thoughts are no longer a cruel surprise. The bad news is that these incoming negative thoughts are no longer a cruel surprise. Sure, the distance between you and the last person you gave a piece of yourself to might be endlessly fluctuating and uncertain in its boundaries, but that doesn’t mean its grip is powerful enough to stop someone like you from thriving. Go on a road trip. Control your own space. Tell yourself that it’s okay to let go of what’s already let go of you.
GEMINI: You’ve been finding yourself on your own a lot more than usual and this isn’t something you’ve been coping with in the healthiest of ways. It doesn’t seem fair that you always have to wonder about your expiration date, about how long it’ll take for people to deem you rotten and toss you in the trash. I don’t want to lie and say that this will definitely be the last time that you lose someone you believed to be permanent, because it most likely won’t be. But I can assure you, the people that are capable of meshing with your vibrant personality will know how to stick around. You don’t have to worry about being alone forever.
Robert is such a good character. His route is possibly the best in the entire game, simply with how it handles his character, and gives an unexpected but amazing ending at the same time. I think it's no contest who my favorite dad i-
A/N: This is my really late submission for @percussiongirl2017 ‘s birthday challenge! Hopefully it was worth the wait. I had the prompt, “You can’t tell me how to live my life. You’re not my mother.” & my song is “Hey Jude” – The Beatles. The pairing is Dean x Sister!Reader however there is some Sam in there as well. The reader is the oldest sibling.
Word Count: 2833
Dean x Sister!Reader Sam x Sister!Reader
“Take care of Sam and Dean.”
That was your motto. You were eight years old when your mother died in the fire that turned your life upside down. You could remember the heat, the fear you felt, and how you had never gripped Dean’s hand or held onto Sammy so tightly then you did that night when you brought them out of the burning house.
Ever since then your father gave you one task, to take care of Sam and Dean. It wasn’t something that was foreign to you; it was something that you had loved helping your mother do. She had always lovingly referred to you as her mini mama because you enjoyed it so much.
as nasir mentioned before, eshe is a model. recently, she got a job for a natural photoshoot (no makeup) with her fellow company models (from left to right): epiphany, chrysanthemum(who everyone knows), and law.
Warnings: Cursing, mentions of death/murder, mentions of alcohol (extremely vague, but there), vague description of vomit
A/N: alright i tried (this is all based on this post for those in the general tag list that haven’t been here for all of this…mess). i know this probably isn’t really that good because all i know how to write is fluff, but hey. it’s here, whether it’s worth it or not! this will have at least another part, possibly two more.
“You really think
buying a house right across the street from
a fucking cemetery was a good idea,
Thomas rolled his
eyes and gave a laugh, crossing his arms.
“What’s wrong with it?” he asked, shrugging his shoulders. “You really think my house is gonna be
Joan sighed at the teasing
tone, pinching the bridge of their nose. “Whatever,
it’s your funeral.”
Fantasy Daddy Simulator -- Final Fantasy XV x Dream Daddy Headcanons (Part 3)
PHEW! I think this is my last installment for now in the FFXV x DDADDS headcanons for you all. c: I decided to just go with three of these dad dudes in this one, since there are a few that I thought about but ultimately decided to skip on. Need more information! Or some of them were briefly mentioned as it is in the other headcanons and that type of thing. Gosh, these were fun to write! Perhaps I’ll write more about these headcanons in drabbles or more individualistic headcanons about them. If you all are interested in either one of those. c;
For now though, enjoy the last part of the FDS headcanons, my friends! Thanks for letting me write and share these with you all~
Let’s add about 15-20 years on these boys. Give them time for the children to grow older.
Let’s also say they live in that cul-de-sac area just like from Dream Daddy.
And the children are just me throwing dumb thoughts your way. Because yay for thinking up of headcanons (and child characters unmentioned!).
FANTASY DADDY SIMULATOR – FFXV x Dream Daddy (Part 3)
Featuring: Nyx Ulric, Titus Drautos, and Dino Ghiranze
Nyx Ulric –
Adoptive Father, Father of One Girl and Two Boys
Likes: Being the
Hero, Smoking, Watching TV and Napping, Busting A Sick Dance Move Dislikes: Guys
Hitting on His Daughter, People Who Yell at Him, Having to Pay Per View
Nyx Ulric is a man married to his job as a police
officer. There’s nothing that could be avoided about that with Police Commander
breathing down his neck about Nyx doing his work so he can go home to his kids.
But the thought of that was really nice, Nyx thought to
himself. To be able to go home and see his kids, kiss his spouse on the cheek,
and just be able to have a good family life instead of going back to his crusty
apartment. Not that he’d have a spouse anytime soon. Unless their name was the
LPD, that is.
However, when he found himself investigating a series of
domestic violence calls to a single address, he knew that the married life was
a lot harder than it looked. He arrived and managed to get the parents away
from the children, arresting both parents as the little girl held her face to
cover her black-eye.
After having taken the kids back to the precinct, he was
supposed to get their statements and then find a guardian who would take them.
But no guardians were known in the area, and it seemed like the kids were
refusing to go in the first place. The only one who could calm them down was
So Commander Fleuret let out a sigh and asked Nyx if he
can let the kids stay at his apartment to calm down and avoid being scared at
the police station even more than before. Nyx agreed, but he’d need to clear
out all of those empty beer bottles in his place first. Oops. Those aren’t for kids!