How The Fuck Did I End Up Shipping This: A Quest of Self-Discovery
I DON’T NEED TO JUSTIFY WHAT I WANT TO EAT
I DON’T NEED TO JUSTIFY THAT MY BODY NEEDS MORE SLEEP THAN THE AVERAGE SOUL
I DON’T NEED TO JUSTIFY MY GENDER OR THE WAY I DRESS
I DON’T NEED TO JUSTIFY SHIT FOR YOU
Cecil Baldwin (via itsacrimescene)
i think this is the part where i become a monthly WTNV donor, because i can’t even express how much i needed to read this today, needed someone to *say* this today, after spending all day and all night wading through the SPN thing and writing my article.
Being queer is not something that “serves the story.” Being queer is something that characters simply *are.* And if you’re going to have a plot point, you *always* have the option to have that plot point happen to someone who’s gay, or queer, or in the process of coming out to themselves and the world.
When you ask that gay characters and gay relationships “serve the narrative,” instead of letting the narrative serve *characters who just happen to be gay,* you essentially further marginalize queer characters who already exist at the margins; because now, not only are you (almost always, though this is getting better) asking them to exist at the edges of the narrative, you’re asking for their identity to stop being about them. You’re asking them to serve a narrative that isn’t serving them back.
I’m so happy that Cecil and Joseph and the WTNV crew have internalized this knowledge and written a character whose sexuality is just one of many fascinating facets of a fascinating universe.