I read the comments, and would’ve responded to each, however I felt it prudent to acknowledge this particular quote, more specifically the bolded text:
"I’d also like to point out that your statement about shipping something in fiction being tantamount to endorsing it in real life is profoundly and utterly untrue. The human mind is capable of differentiating between the morality of problematic things in fiction versus real life.”
I’m sorry dear blogger, but you are in fact WRONG
To say that humans can keep a wall between fiction and reality is to say that the media/literature/fiction in general have no impact on humanity.
Supernatural fans can tell you stories about how so-called “fans” have violated that fine line between fiction and reality, REPEATEDLY, by treating the cast members as though they are actually their characters, completely disregarding that they are their own person and not a walking excuse to project their fanon on. They have been groped, stalked, harassed, bullied, generally hated for FICTIONAL reasons.
Fiction and reality are separate?
Fiction REFLECTS reality a majority of the time.
Yes there are some other things thrown in: magic, the supernatural, alien-oriented highly advanced technology, but it all boils down to one thing……at the end of the day, it’s all about humanity, and how it’s portrayed.
You don’t think it’s problematic to ship an abusive ship? I’m sorry but you are being delusional.
If even on a fictional level you try to justify certain horrible things (rape, abuse, murder, etc.) what’s to stop you from ignoring it in real life?
There are literally MILLIONS of fans that wish to have relationships similar to the ones portrayed in these fictitious scenarios:
Twilight fans want boyfriends like Jacob and Edward, when we all know that Edward and Jacob were abusive, a constant threat, and nearly got Bella killed MULTIPLE times.
50 Shades fans want a relationship similar to Grey/Ana’s, but any self-respecting BDSM participant will tell you that the relationship depicted in that series is NOT correctly BDSM and in fact distorts that kind of relationship, glorifying the WRONG aspects of what it means to be “dominated”.
Delena? Klaroline? They both speak for themselves: boyfriend/fling has previously threatened partner (one of which actually tried to kill said partner, THREE TIMES), both involve abusive situations (mentally, physically, verbally) that are CONSISTENTLY glorified by the writers/fans, and don’t even get me started on the “I hate you, and what you do/have done, but you’re hot let’s do the sex” bullshit excuse they use when they want to appeal to the collective fandom libido and toss out the fanservice, heavy on the plotholes.
And Destiel? Let me see…Fanon-only? Check. Do all the fans realize this? Sadly no. Has the blurring of that fine line led to the harassment/violation/overall mistreatment of the cast/crew on the so-called fans’ part? PLENTY.
The other aspects of the Anti-Destiel Handbook include pointing out the following: that the relationship portrayed in the show is ABSOLUTELY abusive and yet is being romanticized on a regular basis, that the romantic relationship itself is NOT REAL, and that ANY form of intimacy would be constituted as rape because one of the participants is merely using his form/vessel as a “meatsuit” and is disregarding the soul trapped inside.
Do the fans acknowledge this problem? Sadly most don’t, they just want to have a sex scene on screen.
The BIGGEST contributing factor? THE BIBLE
Is the Bible fiction or reality? I don’t know, and I’m not about to debate that right now. I WILL however point out that this particular book has been SOLELY to blame for influencing more wars, ridiculous laws, mistreatment of others, and all around douchery of humanity than ANY other form of “entertainment” (i.e. TV, movies, books, comics, comic books, etc).
Fiction is influential, and we’re a HIGHLY impressionable species.
To deny that there is a problem is to reinforce what makes it problematic in the first place.
To deny that murder/abuse/rape is a problem, even if it is just fiction, is to perpetuate things like mindless killings, the deaths/abuse of innocent people at the hands of their captors who beat them, and (possibly the worst): RAPE CULTURE
You dear blogger are part of the problem if you do not think that rape culture is an issue, even on a fictitious level.
So yes, anti-bloggers should adopt the following mission: to help restore faith in humanity
(crossfire tagging ensued)