And yet fanfiction is an inherently transformative work which, by its very nature, strives to address or change some flaw that exists in canon, even if that flaw is “why isn’t there more of this thing?!” Fanfiction has addressed the lack of gay men by making straight characters gay; it’s addressed countless cultural misappropriations with wildly varying AUs; it’s addressed canon plot holes and timeline issues with fix-it fics and crossovers. Fanfic is the show your show could be like, if only you dared to dream.
But for all its transformative nature, fanfiction and fandom still suffer from a real dearth of femslash. Beyond the simple fact that very few girls exist in canon materials, the societal emphasis on the male gaze seems to have affected fanficcers’ creativity to such an extent that even in our own fantasies, we cannot give women a fair shake. Just as the answer to “Why is there so much slash?” cannot be boiled down to “ Well, straight girls are horny”, the answer to “Why isn’t there any femslash?” cannot be boiled down to “Well, straight girls don’t care.” The bias against female characters and female pleasure is an ingrained, institutionalized problem which won’t go away on its own.
Felix & Niko
aka: somebody please give me a logical explanation why they haven’t kissed yet before I start punching walls
I don’t hate Beliebers
I don’t hate Directioners
I don’t hate Whovians
I don’t hate Sherlockians
I don’t hate Potterheads
I don’t hate Twihards
I hate people who are rude
I hate people who send death threats
I hate people who defend what they love even when it’s done wrong
I hate people who aren’t nice
I don’t hate fandoms
I hate rude people, even if they are from my own fandom
episode twelve and a half: sam and dean return to the bunker, tired and surly with each other. castiel sits them down and gives them each a guinea pig to hold. he calls them “therapist animals” and squints very hard when sam tries to correct him. castiel talks to sam and dean in what is supposed to be a soothing voice. it is actually terrifying. he tells dean to work on communicating his needs. “tell mr. fluffers everything you want to tell sam,” castiel says. dean breaks down and talks to mr. fluffers for three hours. mr. fluffers is an excellent listener.
Benedict Cumberbatch and his parents » Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham
Wow. 110% to the person who made these <3
omg benny’s eyes and his mom’s eyessss