I want to start off with a little project I did for my college speech class.
I was so enamored with this game called Undertale, that I for real sat down the day before I was due to present (after a week of debating what topic I should do) and wrote a three page, paragraphed presentation and 8 page powerpoint as to why one should take time out to play Undertale by Toby Fox.
The topic was persuasive. And it was, at the time, my highest grade in the class.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and present that to you, you’re here because of course, you’ve already played Undertale, and it clearly had enough impact on you that you’re in the fandom, following AU blogs, and enjoying other people’s characterizations of the characters Frisk, Chara, and the like.
See where this is going yet?
One of my main points in the presentation was this, and I quote from my paper: “… but the main sprite was left both gender ambiguous AND ethnically ambiguous ”
Which I also stated to be one of the main attractions of the game. It’s submersiveness. Getting to know the character, becoming the character. Yes, I understand the argument that Frisk is their own person in a sense, but not everyone will necessarily feel that way. Hell, my name sure isn’t Frisk, but I had no qualms self inserting myself into the role. The game is what you make of it, there is no set interpretation. You see Frisk and Chara as two children who are being influenced or not-so-influenced by the otherworldly force (the PLAYER), then cool, bud. Fine. That’s completely ok. You see yourself playing as Frisk, or as Chara (or Narra-Chara if you’re into that theory), then yes that is also totally and completely ok. No one is attacking you or your interpretation.
Except. They totally are.
And for the life of me I can’t understand why. I can understand people being happy about the birth of possibly canon Nonbinary Characters, I am nonbinary myself. One of my best friends is nonbinary. I’m more than happy to have a video game in which the protagonists and more than just a few side characters use they/them.
But, buddy pal. Gender ambiguity does not equal nonbinary. It can be nonbinary, sure. But, it does not equal nonbinary.
Now, Toby can one day state that, yes, they are canonically NB, but until that day comes, step off your high horse and stop attacking people for choosing to gender/partially-gender/give another identity to Frisk and Chara. They/Them is more than used for NB people, it is also respectfully used to refer to someone who’s gender you don’t yet know or cannot fully discern. Which would be understandable for a game like this in 2015, right? Moving towards a cool future and respecting that the little boy/girl you meet on their adventure may not actually be a little boy/girl, but maybe a little child, or the opposite of what you initially viewed them to be.
I don’t care if someone goes with them being cishet, genderfluid, transgendered, hella homo, straight asf, etc etc. And neither should you. It’s never that serious. Since when should other’s personal headcanons and interpretations affect how you live your life? It’s unbelievably childish.
And you know what, yeah, there’s a lot of children in this fandom. But, now’s a good time to start growing up, especially if you’re not an actual kid. Especially if you’re choosing to participate in a public platform and activity (a.k.a, a Fandom). If you see someone with headcanons that aren’t problematic or don’t affect you in any way, then you block them, unfollow them, etc, move on with your day.
Don’t vague. Don’t vague bash. Don’t go into their inbox or messages with clap-clap receipts™. Hell, write your joke threat posts and vocalize your discontent all you want because they can follow the above advice, and I encourage it, scroll scroll and go on with their day.
But in all seriousness, some people can be seriously affected by this whole completely unnecessary debate and feel personally attacked. When a character they love, a character who is essentially a blank slate and can be written how they like, and built how they like, is bashed because gender headcanon debates- that can hurt people, guys. Seriously, grow up, keep your anger among-st you and your friends. Don’t promote hate and bashing. And don’t force your not-confirmed-but-you’re-oh-so-positive-it’s-canon-headcanons on others. Have your headcanons and be respectful about ‘em, too.
There’s a reason Toby said “skip” to the gender questions in his interview.
He wanted to avoid all of this with certain confirmations and allow people to believe what they want.
I’ve deleted a long post several times now and here’s the crux of it . . .
How would you define the difference between ‘just friends’ and ‘a couple’?
Like especially if you don’t know the people personally. How do you just look at people and decide if they are good friends or friends with benefits?
People often assume that when I am out with one of my good friends that we are dating. I used to have a lunch … date … with one of my friends every Wednesday and once a restaurant went and got candles for our table. This wasn’t the rule though because there were other customers and we were the only one that got candles. Once a man selling flowers told off another of my friend for not buying me one. Something about how he wasn’t going to get laid that night. Not to mention the billions of times when people would awkward try to figure out if I was a lesbian while hanging out with my female friends. Or all the times when my mother would ask me which one of ‘those boys you’re always with’ was my boyfriend.
Like just now, all the neighbors have told my friend’s mom that my friend and I must be dating. We get along ‘too well’ to just be friends.
WHAT THE HELL IS THIS HORRIBLE BULLSHIT!? NO FATHER SHOULD SAY THIS TO A CHILD, TO GIVE SUCH AN INNOCENT BABY ANGEL A REASON TO DOUBT AND FEAR, TO WORRY. THIS WOULD BE MENTALLY SCARING AND EMOTIONALLY DAMAGING. THIS IS NOT OKAY TO DO FOR YOUR GOD DAMN SHIP.
YOU CLEARLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND PARENTHOOD OR ICHIGO, HOLY FUCK.
Do you have any other Yachi ships or is it just kiyoko?
Well, Kyo’s my fave but I ship her with pretty much all the first years too (Hina and Kags both separately and as ot3 tbh) ALSO once I saw a comic with her and Kuroo and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for DAYS even if I don’t exactly ship it so lbr she’s so cute I could enjoy anything as long as she’s in it
Waaaah your semishira was so cute <3
I think people are skeptical because they aren't used to someone caring about their f/f ship. They just kinda think she's saying it to 'calm us down' maybe idk. Personally I think she's sincere and everyone's just paranoid
Me too, she always speaks her mind (even when she shouldn’t *cough keep going with the shade pls cough*) and she’s always coherent in every interview, also there is no point in “calming us down” because people won’t be watching s4 anyway. And I think she knows that, she knows that the show fucked up so bad and lost so many viewers.
I honestly do believe that she cares about the ship and her fans.
Okay y'all, I mean seriously, if you don’t ship something that I do, that’s cool and everything but DO NOT reblog my post and hate on me or the post for shipping something in the tags. Alright? Quite frankly it’s petty to do that. If you don’t ship it or like it or whatever just keep scrolling and forget about it. Don’t reblog it only to hate on me for shipping the certain ship.
Okay cursed child was messy and a big disappointment concerning the LGBT representation opportunity but at least tumblr is here and we have all this amazing posts about Lucius making fun of Draco for having a child as obsessed with a Potter as himself. Bless you people
Harvey kisses Mike for the first time outside of Danbury prison, just moments before Mike walks through the gate to begin his two year sentence.
It’s a simple pressing of lips, and when he pulls back Mike grips the front of Harvey’s suit and says, “You just couldn’t help yourself, could you?” with a laugh that turns into a sob.
“Promise me we’ll do whatever it takes to get you out of there. No matter what,” Harvey says desperately.
“And look after yourself in there.”
Harvey looks so determined when he says, “I’m gonna get you out, Mike.”
Mike smiles softly. “I know you will.”
Mike kisses Harvey, and then he turns and walks into the prison without looking back.
Drugging Mike is not Harvey’s finest hour. He can admit that. But desperation makes a man do crazy things, and he needs Mike out of that prison, out of that headspace. He needs to remind MIke what is waiting for him on the outside, and so he takes Mike back to his apartment.
Mike’s mouth is on his the moment the door closes behind them, and they don’t even make it to the bedroom. A trail of clothes lead to the sofa and they waste no time, Mike letting out a soft sigh when he’s fully seated in Harvey’s lap.
“I know why you got me out,” Mike says, as he starts moving, pulling a moan from Harvey’s throat.
Harvey doesn’t deny it. “Is it working?”
Mike leans down and kisses him, their bodies moving with an increasing pace, until all Mike can do is breathe into Harvey’s open mouth, “I hate you.”
Harvey laughs. “I’ll take that as a yes.”
It feels like old times, and if it wasn’t for the stubble on Mike’s jaw and the denim prison garb Harvey could almost believe nothing has changed.
Harvey doesn’t hesitate to openly praise Mike to Sutter, and he can’t wait to get this prick, not only because he’s an asshole but because he so obviously doesn’t think Mike should be here. Harvey knows he won’t feel that way for long.
So Harvey and Mike do what they do best, and soon enough Kevin and Sutter are at each other’s throats. Kevin storms out and Harvey can’t help the quick wink he gives Mike before Mike stands and follows Kevin out.
“I can’t do it.”
Harvey swears his heart stops beating. “What are you talking about?”
“I can’t do it. I can’t convince Kevin to testify.”
If it wasn’t past visiting hours Harvey would be in the car on his way to Danbury by now. He suspects Mike waited until now to call him for this very reason.
“Why not?” Harvey grits out.
There’s a pause that feels all too loaded. “Would you ever turn on me, even if I’d done something wrong?”
“Of course not.”
“Exactly. And that’s why Kevin will never testify against Sutter.”
“Mike, what are you talking about?”
He can hear Mike sigh, and then he says, “I’m sorry, Harvey,” before hanging up.