It’s like… Being a slash fan, you get ignored or treated like crap or mocked in pretty much every fandom. For the most part, we’re used to it.
Then a show came along that was like “Don’t worry, baby, I’m not like those other assholes. I totally adore you. You’re my boo.”
And for a while, slash fans of Sterek experienced something we’d never experienced as slash fans before. It was heartwarming and awesome and it gave so many of us hope. Yes, we thought, things will be different from now on!
But then, without warning, we come home to find the show in bed with other ships. The next day, they’ve changed the locks and left all our stuff in trash bags on the curb. When we try to call or text, we’re ignored or get a message that simply reads “omg y don’t u just die already?!1”
Suddenly, it’s the same as it’s always been, with all our other ships. And so we stand there, surrounded by the snapshots of better days, wondering how it came to this and why. Some of us rage, some live in denial, and many of us simply take a breath, gather our things, and keep on sailing the ship ourselves. Because this is familiar territory, now. So we may have had something better for a short while, so what? Being ignored never stopped us from enjoying our ships before. Why should it now?
They can block our calls and pretend they never told us they loved us. Doesn’t matter. We don’t need them. We never needed them.
Sterek existed without their approval, before. Why should it stop us, now?
Sterek isn’t theirs. It’s ours. And we’re the ones who get to decide if it lives or dies.
Whenever you’re feeling down, just remember that Mulan was a real person.
Hua Mulan went to war at 15 years old and eventually led the army for almost a decade, leading countless attacks and winning victories for China. Decorated with honors, she returned home to her happy, living parents. When her army friends visited her, they found out that she was a woman and accepted it.