if this isn't true love then i don't know what is

Consider this: Episode 10 showed us that Victor most likely went to Hasetsu with the expectation that Yuri would be at least somewhat like the bold, daring Yuri he felt drawn to at the banquet, which would explain why Victor seemed so surprised/disappointed every time Yuri backed away from his attempts to get closer… and yet, AND YET… even though Yuri turned out to be this shy, anxious soul who was not at all like he expected… Victor ended up completely falling in love with him anyway. And I think that’s beautiful.  

  • what she says: Merry Christmas!
  • what she means: the Biblical account the nativity is riddled with errors about the history of the Roman Empire and this holiday is built upon the cultural spoliation of Saturnalia and Yule but I'm not going to bring that up and inject bitterness into a gentle, carefree holiday centered around family and gift-giving because I love you.

You see that poster beside Yuuri’s bed? Imagine Yuuri talking to that every night before he goes to sleep.

Yuuri: Viktor, why are you so handsome?
Yuuri:
Viktor, why are you so perfect?
Yuuri:
I really wish you were here, Viktor.
Yuuri:
I love you.
Yuuri:
I know that it’s still early there, but… Good night, Viktor.

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I Can’t Think Straight (2008)

Context: Leyla, a Muslim British-Indian woman, is coming out to her mother, telling her “I’m gay.” Her mother reacts with horror and disgust, telling her “You’re up to your neck in sin” and going so far as to ask “Who did this to you?”

But it’s this scene that sums up the reality of LGBTQ+ desi youth. Our parents may very well love us and want the best for us, but the absolute bottom line is: our parents do not want us to be happy. They want us to be appropriate, to be respectful, to have children and well-earning careers, to fit into the mold of heteronormativity and gender roles, to be religious and pious. But no, they do not want us to be happy. Happiness doesn’t fit into it. To them, happiness is indistinguishable as a separate characteristic because according to them, doing all of these things should already be making us happy. The ideal created for desi children is that they shouldn’t strive to do what makes them happy, but what makes them “good.” Unfortunately, under this context, good is defined as anything that isn’t seen as immoral or out of the norm. 

A woman who is not straight is rejecting her role as a wife, and to a lesser extent, her role as a mother. She is rejecting the notion of subservience to men, of obedience and inferiority. Under our current system that is hugely patriarchal, a woman who does not submit is a threat. 

Now, I’m not saying desi parents are bad parents or hate their children because it’s pretty clear this happens in nearly every other culture in the world. But I am saying that desi parents do not make their children’s happiness a priority, they make their children’s success a priority: successful careers and marriages and children = successful lives. So if you ask a desi parent “do you want your kid to be happy?” they’ll immediately say “yes, of course.” But if you add on “do you want your kid to be gay if that makes them happy?” the answer will be a lot less positive.

This movie tackled Leyla’s sexuality and coming out to her parents absolutely head-on with no coyness about it. She goes straight up to her mother and admits that she’s a lesbian. But her mother’s reaction is really the thing that most “coming out” stories try to gloss over, or sugarcoat, or just in general avoid. Her mother admits with frank and brutal honesty the truth that all LGBTQ+ desi kids know: our parents would rather see us miserable and straight than queer and happy.

Zades Shippers vs. The Universe
  • Universe: LOL Hades is such a tool, can't you see he's just playing her? He couldn't possibly know what love is... he's been alone for far too long. Why would anyone ever love someone like that?
  • Zades Shippers: DO YOU WANT TO FUCKING FIGHT ME I TOLD YOU WEEKS AGO HE FUCKING LOVED THIS WOMAN AND NOW LOOK WHERE WE'RE AT HE IS A PRECIOUS CINNAMON ROLL AND SHE IS THE ONLY LIGHT IN HIS FUCKING UNIVERSE AND YOU DO NOT NOT TOUCH THEM.
  • Universe: *blinks*
  • Zades Shippers: ...DO NOT. I WILL FUCKING END YOU. DO NOT TOUCH THEM.
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“You remember when you decided to call Hannibal?”

“I wasn’t decided when I called him. I just called him. I deliberated while the phone rang. I decided when I heard his voice.”

“You told him we knew.”

“I told him to leave, ‘cause I wanted him to run.”

“Why?”

“Because… Because he was my friend. And because I wanted to run away with him.”

Fannibals Aren’t Done 🍖🍴🍷 my edits + favorite moments
3x04 Aperitivo

#YAKULEV WEEK 2015
Wednesday, August 12th–Tuesday, August 18th

yakulevweek​ is back! Starting August 12th, use the #yakulev week tag when posting your works to have them featured on the blog. Just make sure it’s in one of the first five tags, or I won’t know to reblog it. Below is a list of prompts to interpret as you wish, but feel free to ignore the daily prompt and do whatever you want.

DAY ONE (08/12)

dreams–dreams, nightmares, daydreams, fantasies, goals.

travel–trains, planes, and automobiles. vacations, road trips, journeys, exploration.

DAY TWO (08/13)

friendship–friends to lovers, lovers to friends, the relationship between one’s friends and significant other.

epistolary–collected documents. letters, notes, email, text messages, diaries.

DAY THREE (08/14)

university–all-nighters, study groups, tutoring, and way too much coffee.

romantic comedy–meet cutes and misunderstandings, overcoming obstacles to find true love.

DAY FOUR (08/15)

family–mothers, sisters, fathers, brothers, in-laws, found families.

fake relationship–pretend couples, desperately-needed dates, fake engagements, and so much pining.

DAY FIVE (08/16)

birthday–parties, presents, cake, growing older.

date night–first dates, blind dates, dinner and a movie.

DAY SIX (08/17)

doodlywhip–frickle frackle, doing it, hanky panky, and other bad euphemisms for sex.

domestic–curtains, groceries, laundry, sharing a life together.

DAY SEVEN (08/18)

whatever you want–a free space day for those who have been following the prompts to do what they like.