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.
Context: I am playing a Lizardfolk woman (Marigold) in a party of other animal-folk in a world. I am also a man that often forgets to use a female character voice, so every NPC ends up thinking the character is male. These three conversations happen within 10 minutes of each other.
Marigold (me, Lizardfolk Brawler): Well that went surprisingly well. Who knew I could be so diplomatic?
Fang (Skinwalker Noble): Hell yeah, you did good my Lizard!!
Marigold: No! You can’t say that word! Only Lizardfolk can say that word!!
Fang *dying with laughter*: You mean lizard?!
Marigold: Especially with the hard ’d’ at the end!
Marigold: Okay before we get into another confrontation, can we actually talk about our plan first?
Vithe (Catfolk Oracle): Well these are mongrelmen tried to fight us before. Maybe we should try intimidation.
Marigold: Well lucky you have an huge fucking lizard with sharp teeth to intimidate them. *points to self*
Vithe: Aw yeah, Marigold’s gonna use that big lizard dick to scare them!
Marigold: I told you, IT’S A TAIL!
Marigold: You know, I could probably just break down the door. I can get some special bonuses in anyone in there if I succeed.
Vithe: And what are you going to use to break down the door? We’re in the middle of a neighborhood!
Fang: What do you mean? Marigold can just use her hard ’D’!
Marigold *jumping on Fang*: IT’S A FUCKING TAIL!!ppqth
The Bali myna is a medium-large bird, almost wholly white with a long, drooping crest, black wing-tips and tail tip. It has a yellow bill with blue bare skin around the eyes and legs. The Bali myna is restricted to the island of Bali in Indonesia, where it is the island’s only endemic vertebrate species. The bird was discovered in 1910, and in 1991 was designated the faunal emblem of Bali, its local name is jalak Bali.
Pairing: fwb!Jimin x Reader Genre: SMUT / angst Word Count: 26k magic Summary: Road trips are always great. Especially, when spent with your playboy friend with benefits, whom you happen to be in love with. Author’s Note: There’s literally all kinds of smut scenes in here omg lol But I’m SO HAPPY this is finally done. I’ve been working on this since December 31st, which sums up to like 9 months now? I’ve put so much effort into it, I hope you’ll like it. Enjoy!
“Let’s go to Vegas.”
The sentence still rings in your ears as you grab your black duffle bag, filled with all your belongings, and flee from your grand shared hotel suite. You disregard the fact that you haven’t bid him goodbye, but you’re sure he wouldn’t mind with the state he was in when you’ve seen him last.
Normally, you hate wearing sunglasses at night, your dim surroundings then usually leading to a confused jumble, but you pull them on nonetheless to exude the image of a cool girl. A cool girl is someone who takes life as it is, whose everyday life is an adventure and who doesn’t care about what others think or want.
You’ve nearly perfected that persona since you started seeing him, bent on changing your personality in ways to fit him perfectly. In the end, it still wasn’t enough to keep him hooked.
The shared nights in the motels you stayed at during your road trip with him, or the hot makeout sessions in his new Mustang are burnt into your memories like reminders of your failure. You have nowhere to go, but anywhere else is better than waiting for him to return to the suite with a stranger’s scent to him.
“Feyre!” Elain exclaimed. “Come quick! The fae ambassadors have arrived!”
Feyre looked up from her book and rose a brow, “So?”
“So,” Nesta said cooly. “We are to meet them. Mother insisted.”
Feyre sighed and stood from her chair, smoothing down her skirts. “Very well, lead the way.”
The sisters skirts rustled together as they hurried down the stairs. Feyre stopped short, Elain almost running into the back of her.
In front of her were three men- males. Two with membranous wings she would just love to paint, but between them was such a beautiful male. He had midnight hair and stars for eyes. Every thought stripped from her head.
The male’s sensuous smile faltered, his starry eyes widening just a little. A crack in his mask, she supposed. Rhysand. This must be the High Lord of the Night Court, if she remembered her lessons correctly. The other two males must be members of his inner circle: Cassian and Azriel. The High Lord of the Night Court is said to be a Nightmare made flesh. She believed it.
Her mother’s lips tugged into a disapproving frown. She cleared her throat. “My daughters: Nesta, Elain and, my youngest, Feyre Archeron.” She and her sisters curtsied at their names.
The long haired male had his eyes on her eldest sister. Nesta rose her chin, her icy eyes unimpressed by the savage grin given by the male. The shadowed male had a small polite smile on his lips and the High Lord…he was looking at her.
I saw this picture and this scene popped in my head. Hope you like it :)
Request: “Would you STOP coming in through the WINDOWS, it scares the hell out of me every TIME!” AU
Request: Hey could you do an imagine where peter and the reader are friends but the reader’s dad is kinda strict so she’s not allowed to have boys over, so she sneaks peter in her bedroom window at night so they can hang out (like watch a movie or play video games or something) but things end up getting kinda smutty. Btw I love your writing and I’m so happy that I found your blog❤❤❤
A/N: I am writing again slowly! So slowly! But I’m working on my requests very slowly. So, so slowly. Also wow? This one wasn’t that good. And Meh if you want a smutty part 2 let me know.
Sometimes you really hated how strict your dad was.
“No boys in the house!” He would always tell you.
Not that you really listened. Two of your three best friends were males and you weren’t exactly going to drop them as friends because your dad didn’t like it when you spent time with boys.
Not too long ago, you found out that your best friend, (and your crush), Peter Parker, was Spiderman. THE SPIDERMAN.
You kind of found out accidentally. You had snuck out one night and kind of, maybe gone into a bad neighbourhood and found yourself surrounded by some not so great people when Spidey came out of no where and saved you. He immediately brought you back to your apartment. Which kind of threw you off.
Spiderman, realizing his mistake, revealed himself to you as Peter.
Since then, Peter no longer allowed you to sneak out at night. And you did not appreciate the fact that yet another man was telling you what to do.
So, as a compromise, you promised not to sneak out unless you were going to do something that didn’t involve walking through that part of the city.
Usually, Peter ended up sneaking into your bedroom. Sometime when your dad would come in to check on you before bed, Peter would scramble to hide. Sometimes he ended up under your bed, other times in your closet, but most of the time he ended up on the side of your building.
Like any other night, Peter had messaged you saying he was on his way.
It was difficult when you could really only see your best friend at school, you weren’t even allowed to have him in your house, so you truly cherished the times that Peter would spend his evenings at your house, even if it meant sneaking around behind your dad’s back.
You were sitting on your bed, headphones in your ears, working on your English homework when you felt someone place a hand on your shoulder.
You jumped, screaming.
“Y/N, shhh, it’s just me!” Peter said
“Would you STOP coming in through the WINDOWS, it scares the hell out of me every TIME!”
Peter laughed, “Jeez, Y/N, I didn’t mean to scare you, but its not like I can come in any other way,”
Suddenly there was a knock at your bedroom door.
“Y/N? Is everything alright? i’m coming in,” You dad said, walking into the bedroom.
Peter’s eyes went wide, He quickly flung himself into you closet and you jumped up to close the door behind him.
“Y/N? What’s wrong? Why did you scream?”
You awkwardly stood in front of your closet door as your dad walked into your bedroom, looking around.
“I uh…. I saw a spider,” you said.
You could FEEL Peter rolling his eyes through the closet door.
“and it scared me, kinda just appeared out of no where, but I killed it so it’s okay,” you continued.
“Maybe spider’s wouldn’t get into the house if you didn’t leave your window open all the time. Please close it and finish your homework,”
Your dad walked out of your bedroom and closed the door behind him.
You stepped away from the closet, allowing Peter to step out.
“Did you really have to go with the spider comment?”
“I mean, I wasn’t wrong. A spider did scare me,”
Peter rolled his eyes, “Are we watching a movie or having a Mario Kart rematch tonight?”
“I think I’m ready to destroy you at Mario Kart again,” you decided.
You and Peter sat down on the floor in front of your tv and set up the game.
You and Peter spent way too much time playing.
“Ha! I beat you at Mushroom George again! In your face Parker,”
“It’s Mushroom Gorge, Y/N,” Peter rolled his eyes.
“You’re just a sore loser,” You said, sticking your tongue out at Peter.
After many more rounds, and lots more banter, you came out the winner.
“And here we have it! I, Y/N, Y/L/N, am still the reiGNING ULTIMATE MARIO KART CHAMPION!”
Peter laughed, “Maybe I let you win,
There was another knock at your door, “Y/N! Who are you talking to?”
“No one dad, just yelling at my tv screen again,”
Without warning your bedroom door opened,
Your dad spotted Peter, You and Peter quickly shot up off the ground and you went to stand in front of Peter.
“Y/N, Y/L/N, What have I told you about boys In your bedroom?” Your dad said, raising his voice
“Dad, It’s just Peter,”
“IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO IT MATTERS THAT YOU DEFIED MY ORDERS” he yelled
“I’m sorry sir, i’ll just leave,” Peter said.
Peter maneuvered around your father and gave you a compassionate smile before turning and leaving your bedroom.
The next hour was you receiving a lecture from your father. He yelled and screamed and even went off on how you could be pregnant right now from Peter. He wouldn’t listen when you tried to explain that you really were only playing video games.
After your father left, you were fuming. You don’t think you’ve ever been this angry. You’re responsible. You weren’t a child anymore. You didn’t deserve to be treated like some ignorant twelve year old.
You were angry. Peter was your friend! He was more than your friend. He was the love of your life, and your dad was being an ass.
You were going to sneak out to see Peter when you saw him sitting outside your window.
You walked over and let him in.
“Yeah. I mean, I was worried about you,”
“Well, don’t worry too much Parker, i’m just angry,”
“I’m sorry we got caught,”
“It’s not your fault Peter, and if I could have helped it we would have been caught in a much more compromising position,” you muttered.
“No, what did you say?” Peter asked.
You signed, “I just meant that If we had been caught doing something, we should have been caught doing something. If you know what I mean,”
“Well, we could always get caught again, I know it wouldn’t be that hard, you’re very loud,”
“I’m not loud…”
“You’re a loud moaner,”
“How do you know?!” You questioned.
“I’ve uh, flown fast here a couple of times as Spiderman while you were in a compromising position yourself,”
Your face went red, realizing what he meant.
“Oh god, that’s so embarrassing,”
“No, it’s actually kinda hot,” Peter said, taking a step towards you.
“Are we really going to do this?” You asked.
“If we are, you’re going to have to learn to be quiet, Y/N, cause i’d really like to enjoy you and not have your father barge in on us,”
“Fuck,” you muttered under your breath.
Peter took another step closer to you, letting his hand brush your face.
“Lord Stark,” Jon said. It was strange to hear him call father that, so formal. Bran looked at him with desperate hope. “There are five pups,” he told Father. “Three male, two female.” “What of it, Jon?” “You have five true born children,” Jon said. “Three sons, two daughters. The direwolf is the sigil of your House. Your children were meant to have these pups, my lord.” Bran saw his father’s face change, saw the other men exchange glances. He loved Jon with all his heart at that moment. Even at seven, Bran understood what his brother had done. The count had come right only because Jon had omitted himself. He had included the girls, included even Rickon, the baby, but not the bastard who bore the surname Snow, the name that custom decreed be given to all those in the north unlucky enough to be born with no name of their own.