I forgot not everyone likes the same [gay] things I do
Today at work was casual dress day (which only comes about once a month) and I was lovin’ wearing jeans at work. Then one of my coworkers comes in wearing that Rogers*Stark 2012 shirt that everyone was obsessing over a few weeks back, and I literally pounced on her, shrieking in a totally embarrassing and complete-lack-of-professionalism kind of way, “Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god! You ship stony!” And she smiled awkwardly at me and told me she wore it because she knew I liked the Avengers.
See, here’s where it gets awkward. I know that shirt because, well, it’s my OTP, BUT, I realize after about ten minutes giddy that there was an alternate explanation: a hetero explanation; an explanation that suggests she merely likes these two characters and does not long for work to end each day so she can go home and read gay porn about them. And then I was mortified and I really hope she didn’t understand all of the words I said because I was saying them too quickly and in a very high decibel.
Does this happen to anyone? Forgetting that there are people out there who could own stuff like the Stony shirt without feeling the feels associated with it?
I’ve been that person! (The one who assumes a fandom reference is a shipping reference.) On the upside: a) I have no shame and b) I’ve met some of my best friends that way!
I hate when people tell you you can’t “ship” friend!ships. Because if you’ve ever had a friendship on a show that you’re emotionally invested in from head to toe, you’ll know they give you all the feels that an OTP does, if not even more sometimes. There’s something truly profound about two well-rounded characters who share an extremely profound friendship; I daresay there can be more complexities there than a romantic ship could have. The pull and tug, the loyalty, the lighthearted moments and the ones riddled with angst. It’s all so powerful.
So yes, I firmly believe you can ship friend!ships, and they can be just as important as a regular OTP.
#THANK #YOU #oh my god people don’t seem to understand this concept at all #it’s like a character isn’t complete until he or she has a romantic significant other #like every other relationship said character has will always come second and it bothers me to no end #Like #do you immediately disregard your best friends the second you start dating someone else? #do those people suddenly stop being important?