imagine your icon tucking you into bed and reading to you
Tangled artwork by Claire Keane
A teacher of mine told a story about how she assaulted an ex of hers after finding out that he had gotten together with an ex of a friend of hers (she dumped him, for the record).
She broke down the door to his apartment, broke his nose, knocked him back into some metal boxes where his ear was sliced open, threw a porcelain statue at her ex’s new girlfriend, and set his sheets on fire.
Most of my class cheered, the biggest positive reaction coming from one of the two hardcore feminists in the class.
My teacher later mentioned that when the cops arrived and asked her ex if she had assaulted him, he denied it. My feminist classmate’s reaction? “It’s the least he could do.”
The “least he could do” was try and let her get away with breaking and entering, assault and battery, destruction of private property, and arson?
There’s no doubt that a guy sharing a similar story about attacking his ex and her new boyfriend would be crucified on the spot.
It makes me sad to know that many people don’t even bat an eyelash at blatantly obvious double standards like this.
Do you wanna know what I confessed in there? What my greatest sin was?
Bless SPN for this scene. Bless Carver for turning the audience’s own preconceived notions on their head. Bless him for the archery symbolism that ties neatly back to not only the theme of hearts, but also Artemis whom we saw fall in love inappropriately according to the precepts of Olympus. Bless the two plaid-wearing, bearded scruffy men who are stand-ins for Hunters and Dean’s notion of über masculinity who also fall in love, but this time with heaven’s express and noteworthy nudge. Bless this rare (the cupid did say her arrows were being directed less and less frequently) and heaven-mandated event to be one of the last things heaven does before it stops meddling in the affairs of humans. Bless this event for happening in front of Dean and Cas. Bless Cas for his nonchalance and easy acceptance and Dean’s pause of consideration. Bless this neon sign toward Destiel becoming definitively canon.