this isn't an attack or me trying to be snide i hope i don't come off that way but that's just my whole opinion on this! but i'm confused about how writing yuuri as a bottom is heteronormative? i'm a gay man and, i mean, i don't really see why it matters. i don't think there's a reason to act like our sex lives are that deep and having victor bottom is somehow more progressive? i mean, taking it up the ass isn't a personality trait! maybe i'm reading this all wrong and if i am i'm sorry.
don’t worry, you didn’t come across in a bad way at all! i think you’re reading it a bit wrong, it might be just bc of my wording tho since i’m currently operating on three hours of sleep and five redbulls, so my communication isn’t at its most finest atm and i apologize for that D:
okay, so: writing yuuri as a bottom isn’t heteronormative at all by itself! your last sentence (”taking it up the ass isn’t a personality trait”) is exactly where the issue lies with a lot of bottom!yuuri fics, imo they treat it as a such more often than other fics do. i feel that a lot of them are heteronormative because they ignore a lot of yuuri’s character and substitute the pieces with stereotypical female coded things? that usually makes feel him rather ooc and like he’s purposefully rewritten as “the woman” in their relationship when there’s no need for that. so it’s not really about who tops or who bottoms, but that in the fics where vitya bottoms or the ones where they switch, the writers usually go for that kind of characterization a lot less often? am i making sense? i hope i am. of course, those fics sometimes do the same with vitya but nowhere near as much as they do with yuuri.
Also, it is kinda worrisome too bc Yuuri, who is Asian, is often portrayed in ways that hits too close to the way Asian women are stereotyped to be in the west. This is completely against Yuuri’s canon character; he is very strong willed, stubborn, and does what he wants. Not to imply that position indicates characteristics, but these fics tend to do so, ESPECIALLY in abo fics, which is a big reason why personally I tend to stay away from those (idk all that much about abo but in the tags I see Yuuri as omega like 90% of the time and with the most hits).
When I was looking into BL/ Yaoi tropes i came across a statement that said that the taller character is usually the top (I forgot the top term, I know it’s like uke and seme), which might explain ppl’s preference for Victor to be top, but that is still icky (pls, this isn’t related to dick size is it??? Pls tell me it isn’t).
so, basically: it’s not really about the sex or who tops or who bottoms, but the way those fics treat the characters. i find that bottom!yuuri fics excessively feminize him more often than others, i’m not sure why this happens although heteronormativity and racist stereotypes are strong suspects. all in all it’s very uncomfortable. so it’s easier to go for bottom!vitya or switching than go through 20 cringey fics to find one with good characterization!