The one thing I really do hate about Tumblr - and about fandoms in general - is the constant fetishisation of gay people. I’ve seen countless pictures of boys holding hands or even just smiling at each other (probably taken without permission) with captions like “cuties!!” or “awww, so adorable <3” or worst of all, “I SHIP IT SO HARD!” I’ve seen this comic going around about a school bully falling in love with a guy he normally makes fun of, and okay, it’s fairly cute, but I doubt it’d have half the notes it does had it been about a guy and girl. Then there’s that quote which keeps going round, “Tumblr loves gays more than gays love gays!” The boy band One Direction was considering breaking up at one point because fangirls refuse to stop writing erotic fanfiction about them, stalking them, shipping them together and generally making them uncomfortable. I’ve seen characters from a tv show who have never even met get shipped together by people just because they’re both male. To add to it all, there’s no lesbian fanfiction (or hardly any), no trans headcanons, often no acknowledgment of asexuality or bisexuality - in short, nothing that’s not focused around white, cis, good-looking men. Destiel, Johnlock, Sterek, Merthur, Stony, and most other popular ships all have this in common. Most of the time, it’s not because you want representation or equality, it’s because you get turned on at the thought of two guys having sex. It’s the female equivalent of men who like lesbians because girl-on-girl is hot. Wanting to watch and write about the mansex is not support, it’s fetishisation. We are not “cute” or “adorable”, we are not here for you to gush over, and we do not solely consist of hot young guys with six-packs. We are real people and we are no different from you, so treating us as though we are - whether in a positive or a negative way - is still discrimination. Plus, it’s kind of creepy.