"The world of the heterosexual is a sick and boring life!"
Some people are fans of Slash
— the Shipping
of two same-sex characters from a fandom together. Some people take this is a little further though; they don't just like Slash but also dislike the idea of Shipping
two opposite sex people together, even if those doing the shipping are themselves straight.
This is a subculture-within-a-subculture; these people are often both a Yaoi Fan
and a Yuri Fan
yet reject heterosexual pairings. This can range from people who merely prefer to pair off every character they like with another of the same sex to the more extreme people who appear to argue that writing slash is a politically liberating act. Queer fans, for example, may have an averse reaction to the heteronormativity of the media and respond by augmenting queer representation in a work. Occasionally it can be an unexpected by-product of backlash against the addition of Mary Sue Original Characters
just to pair off canonical characters.
The extreme versions are the kind who write hate mail to authors for daring to give their male shipped characters a wife, and impose Die for Our Ship
on any female character who so much as has sexual tension with one of "their" guys, often in the most sadistic and humiliating ways. However more often than not, normal fans of Het is Ew are those who are just tired of the ubiquity of het romance plots in all variety of fiction and the tropes that go with them, particularly the stereotyping of everyone involved. Despite this, the intensity of the extremists has been known to scare artists away or make them outright refuse
to draw yaoi or yuri (or at least force them to write under a different name).
Counterintuitively, there may be a homophobic element to this trope in some cases; straight people who subscribe to the notion may feel that their own sexuality is threatened if they find a work that includes a member of their own sex arousing. This is one of the reasons for the prevalence of lesbian porn aimed at straight men
; viewers don't need to worry about being turned on by another guy
. Ironically, most female fans who subscribe to Het is Ew actually enjoy both Yaoi and Yuri
, and will celebrate the explicit coupling of two girls as well as two guys (although they do usually prefer one subculture over the other to some extent). Male straight Yuri
fans have also been known to enjoy Yaoi
as well. The fact that the Yaoi
subcultures work together quite cooperatively may have something to do with this.
For fanfic writers who are not interested in the extremist hate invested in Die for Our Ship
, they instead often Ship the person "in the way"
with a different person in the cast who is the same sex as them - i.e. if they Ship Bob and Dave, but Alice is Bob's Canon
girlfriend, they write fics about Alice realizing she actually loved her best friend Carol all along, rather than about Alice dying in a house fire. This isn't universally true, but not uncommon either. Basically, when these fans write Fan Fic
, Everyone Is Gay
It's worth noting that this is a fan-reaction Trope, dealing with the preference of a number of slash and yaoi fans to read about only homosexual relationships. It's not about in-universe anti-heterosexual feelings expressed within a work of fiction.
Depending on what circles you run in, this can actually be a joke, usually about why they don't write "gen" ("general") fic.
See also Het
. Not at all related to disparaging the Russian word for 'No'
In-Universe examples only please, and remember, this is about a specific attitude towards heterosexuality, not just homosexual pairings
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Anime and Manga
- In Vandread, the main characters are from two different planets, one male and one female. They find the idea of even working together distasteful, let alone anything more intimate than that. Well, there is one girl who wants to have a baby with one of the males, but it's just from the fame it would give her. She clearly doesn't understand the mechanics.
- Due to the limited amount of food that can be produced on clouds, the Grand Pegasus Enclave in Fallout: Equestria tacitly encourages homosexuality to keep the population numbers down.
- In the spin-off Fallout: Equestria - Project Horizons two gay characters (male and female) treat a joking suggestion for them to have sex with utter disgust. A while later they both get drunk...
- A Brief History of Equestria: Sullamander, head of the Pegasi armies, who it is implied had something going on with her S.O. when she was a filly. Twilight Sparkle insists, and repeatedly at that, that this is merely the viewpoint of easily duped scholars who clearly cannot bother doing their research.
- The Wanting Seed by Anthony Burgess has this as its main trope. Long story short, Earth is overpopulated and gay people don't breed, so heterosexuals face discrimination everywhere.
- The surviving veterans of Joe Haldeman's The Forever War find themselves in a society where everyone is both gay and a uniform shade of light brown. This began as a government policy of encouraging homosexuality as a method of limiting population growth, and became the standard once humanity began reproducing exclusively via Uterine Replicators. One female character at this point even mentions thinking about men's genitals in contact with her makes her mildly disgusted. They offer to switch the main character's orientation through a minor surgery, but he declines, knowing that his orientation is incompatible with everyone which forces him to live in abstinence. The soldiers under his command take to nicknaming him "the old queer."
- The entire premise for Zanna, Don't!. Somehow, all of human history had been like this. It's... weird.
- Tripping the Rift centered an episode around a planet that pretty much had this as its Hat, to the point where heterosexuality, bisexuality, or any of the many other available options out there in the great big universe was punishable by death.
- Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World have had plenty of this, playing it for laugh, especially from resident Fag Hag Condie Ling (who uses the term "breeder").
- Drawn Together shows an alternate future where Wooldoor's show has turned most of the world gay, and the "breeders" have been driven underground.
- On South Park, the men in town decide to destroy the future immigrant population by having a massive gay orgy, hoping to make the entire world gay to wipe out the species. It Makes Sense in Context. Kind of.
- Played with in an episode of King of the Hill. Luanne and Bill begin working at a trendy new hair salon, but none of the female clientele want Bill near them until he starts pretending to be like the only other male hairdresser on staff, who is Camp Gay. Bill's clients even mention how "unfortunate" it is he's gay and how they'd love to have a boyfriend like him. The minute Bill admits he's not gay, everyone becomes immediately disgusted. To them he was "interesting and unique" when he was gay, but straight he's just a "sleazy barber".
- In one episode of The Simpsons, after Homer marries every gay couple in Springfield (for money), he initially reacts with disgust when someone suggests he should marry straight couples.