Please please please can we normalize platonic affection between boys. Twice in the last 24 hours I have mentioned that one of my favourite things to see - in fics, TV shows, real life, movies, literally ANYWHERE - is platonic affection between males. Platonic hugging. Platonic snuggling. Platonic hairline kisses. Platonic hand holding. Just - all of the platonic affection.
And both times I said this I received a weirded out expression in return, and a comment something along the lines of “uhh, weird,” or, “Ugh, no, boys being affectionate means they’re gay.”
AFFECTION BETWEEN BOYS IS BEAUTIFUL. AFFECTION BETWEEN BOYS DOES NOT ALWAYS COME WITH ROMANTIC INTENT BEHIND IT (though it’s beautiful whether it does or doesn’t). PLATONIC AFFECTION BETWEEN BOYS IS IMPORTANT.
NORMALIZE PLATONIC AFFECTION BETWEEN BOYS.