“Ah, has a creature ever perfected the art of denial as finely as a human?”
-Reynardine, Gunnerkrigg Court
An abundance of ship tease! Subtext becoming actual text! Official artwork showing two characters in an intimate moment that is reminiscent of lovers!
Even in the face of all these happenings, some viewers will dismiss lesbian love as seen in yuri shows / shows with yuri themes as not being “real.” Apparently it doesn’t count!
If any of these were to occur for or feature a heterosexual couple, then you can bet that the majority of fans will acknowledge that the pairing is legitimate or that the author intends for them to be together. Dissenters would include individuals who care little for shipping in general, individuals who dislike the pairing in question for various reasons, or individuals who are aware that Truck-kun is a prominent character within the narrative.
At any rate, this post isn’t going to talk about why I think people feel like yuri couples have to work harder to qualify, to become recognized as being official – that’s for another post for another time.
Instead of being analytical, this post is intended to list some of the darndest things I have heard people say as they dismiss the notion of lesbian love (thank goes to Zeria for providing a much-needed starter kit).
“There’s nothing going on in that scene” / “You’re overanalyzing”
“Friends do that” / “They’re just really good friends”
“Just because they do _______ doesn’t mean they’re gay”
“She’s only blushing because she’s embarrassed”
“They’re too young to actually know what love entails”
“She’s staring into her eyes because maintaining eye contact is the expected standard for social interaction”
“She’s not into girls because she looked at a male character in episode ___”
“You’re just a shipper”