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On shipping and subtext: Why the question of “canon” is not always black and white

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Well, it’s been a long time since my last long meta, but this one’s been niggling at me for a while. Basically, I want to clarify a few things so I’m taking advantage of my recently acquired degree in media studies to discuss the importance of recognizing multiple levels of subtext.

I ship Kirk/Spock. It is a prestigious, if controversial, pairing. They are the Grandfathers of Slash, the couple that launched the first thousand fanfics, and I don’t just ship them in the tongue-in-cheek, wouldn’t-it-be-nice way I ship, say, Drarry or Mollstrade; I believe there is definite homoerotic subtext there, in the original source material. This kind of assertion tends to provoke a lot of genuine outrage from certain Trekkies who insist that Kirk and Spock are “just friends” (though I would argue that even if their relationship is purely platonic, Kirk and Spock are certainly not “just” anything!). These people will often roll their eyes and launch into tirades about how we pesky slashers are forcing spurious sexual interpretations onto the most innocent of friendships in service of our own fantasies.

And even though I find the anger and dogmatism with which some Trekkies shout “NO HOMO” to be both unreasonable and revealing, I’m not actually insisting that Kirk and Spock’s relationship is canonically sexual. In fact, I think some of these naysayers are missing the point re: what subtext actually means.

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I’m not saying you should take all the time out of your day to read this long, amazing post, but that is exactly what I’m saying.

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xylune:

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sunshien:

i don’t play kingdom hearts and i don’t care about context

but for me this is a gif of a chess piece trying to seduce a girl by sensually thrusting its crotch at her and a suave guy in the background wondering why his chess friend can’t just be chill around the ladies

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so this is what Kingdom Hearts looks like to outsiders

I have to reblog this too just because it makes me crack up.

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spicyshimmy:

of all the pictures in the world, this one might be the most important to me

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it’s so tender. so emotional. “shhh little kirk-me. don’t you worry. i’m here now and i’m at least ten times bigger than hendorff. you won’t get punched anymore. you just keep being your handsome self, you hear me? and if you tear your teeny tiny shirt again, i’ll get you another one. that’s right. daddy’s gotcha”