The Most Forbidden (and Largest) Elephant
Sexual Issue #4: Walk like a Man, My Son
Or Dean is Scully, Sam is Mulder, and Why Supernatural has been slashed
Sexual Issue #4: Walk like a Man, My Son
Or Dean is Scully, Sam is Mulder, and Why Supernatural has been slashed
Obligatory Awkward Dialogue before the Uncomfortable Incest Part, or My Interpretation of Intellectual Foreplay
1. Throughout this portion of the Forbidden Elephants essay, I will make occasional soundtrack suggestions to make it easier for some readers and put them in a calm state of mind. Or to just screw with you. Depends on the song.
First song. Enjoy:
2. Iâ€™ll throw in a pretty picture for effect:
(Iâ€™m objectifying Jensen, I know, but Iâ€™ve already objectified Jared, so fair is fair. And come on, people, a bed and Dean Winchester? Itâ€™s a gift to yâ€™allâ€™s imaginations, but no need to thank me.)
3. And just to make sure, let me state, â€œAll ye who enter here be forewarned! All ye who enter here be forewarned!â€ (Warning enough? â€“ Need more?)
Okay, weâ€™re about to get down and dirty with the Wincesters, yâ€™all, so buckle up â€˜cause itâ€™s too late to stop the train! Weâ€™re going down, baby, like a ten dollar hooker on a wasted frat boy!
By the way, if you havenâ€™t guessed it by now, this is going to offend you.
Going for Brokebackâ€¦..
So you would think that writing about Wincest would be the easiest part of this process, right? I mean, letâ€™s face it; the show has been capitalizing on the looks oâ€™ love between Sam and Dean since the pilot, so Wincest? A piece of cakeâ€¦.yeah, not so much. Itâ€™s like trying to draw up a peace treaty between the Federation and the Romulans. One slip and youâ€™ve got some kind of Romulan (or in this case DeanSquad) fatwa on your ass and youâ€™re looking over your shoulder to make sure the Destiel shippers arenâ€™t carrying your visage in voodoo doll form. And no, I canâ€™t forget about the SamGirls, but letâ€™s be honest, Dean is kind of like ground zero for the slashingâ€¦.I think because heâ€™s pretty and he has the soulfulnessâ€¦.and heâ€™s pretty.
So I decided - no Iâ€™m not going to write about Wincest. First, itâ€™s been overdone. I canâ€™t really add anything to the conversation. I mean thereâ€™s like 40,000 fan fics out there on Supernatural and more than half of them speculate on what Sam and Dean get up (wink, wink) to in the back of the Impala on those cold nights in between episodes. And then thereâ€™s academic treatises and pseudo-academic blogs that run into infinity about the homoerotica of Supernatural. What can I contribute, really?
Second, the whole Sam/Dean unhealthy co-dependence kind of speaks for itself. Dean sold his soul for his brother; Sam jumped into hell for his brother â€“ end game. Thatâ€™s it. Thatâ€™s love, complete and total, with a side of â€œsomeone needs therapy.â€ Itâ€™s a little creepy, actually. I mean, I love my sister, but selling my soul? I donâ€™t know if I can get past the great Barbie incident of â€™79 enough to do that for her. A kidney? Hell yes. A soul? Eh, I might reserve that sacrifice for my soulmateâ€¦.oh, wait a minute. Hmmmmmmâ€¦â€¦
Nope, not gonna do it. I donâ€™t care if Ash implied they were soulmates. Of course they are. No one else is ever going to understand their level of screwed-upedness except each other. They are members of a very exclusive clubâ€¦.for two. We can call it the Winch>ester Tree House Club â€“ â€œwhere common sense decisions go in, but they never come out.â€ (Notice the â€œcome outâ€ pun â€“ genius) Oh, and no girls allowed because of, you know, the cooties.
Third, itâ€™s the taboo subject in this fandom. I donâ€™t want people looking at me like Iâ€™m either (a) a pervert or (2) a pervert. Nobody signs into a fandom and then talks openly about the incestuous love between two hot guys. Thatâ€™s nutty. So, yeah, I fear the all-knowing and all-seeing looks oâ€™ shame and disgustâ€¦.because they judge me like this:
So yeah, no, Iâ€™m going to just quit while Iâ€™m ahead. No need to comment on the Wincest.
<watches â€œAll Hell Breaks Loose, I and II,â€ â€œPlaythings,â€ â€œLucifer Rising,â€ â€œChanging Channels,â€ â€œSympathy for the Devilâ€â€¦. â€œAll Hell Breaks Looseâ€ againâ€¦.and then thereâ€™s season 7 with Deanâ€™s alcoholism and Samâ€™s wall oâ€™ angst in â€œHello Cruel Worldâ€ and then the wtf? moment when Dean guts Amy in â€œThe Girl Next Doorâ€ â€“ btw, second time Dean has gutted a SamGirl â€“ just sayinâ€™>
Dammit! Wincest! I canâ€™t quit you. I just canâ€™t. So Iâ€™m taking your smelly flannel shirt out of the closet, holding it close to my face (in a totally loving and not stalkerish way), and proudly proclaiming you in public.
Yes, Wincest, I believe you exist. I affirm you. You are in the world, full bodied and whole, and beautiful in your own special way. You are the subliminal bond, the silent partnership, the unspoken vow that binds us together, either as the object of our scorn, the raise in our eyebrow, or for some of us (and I know youâ€™re here), the secret guilt of forbidden pleasure.
In fact, Wincest, I would say you mostly exist because a lot of women watch Supernatural and Kripke thought you were cute so he asked you to dance a few with him. Silly Kripke who played with a formula for forbidden love and then walked awayâ€¦I would call that a certain type of tease.
And I have my own confession â€“ I absolutely and simultaneously loathe and love the idea of Wincest. Why? Beyond the obvious reasons (loathe â€“ kind of creepy wanting brothers to shag/love â€“ hot guys who love each other and make loveâ€¦.in an Impala, or in some fanfics, on the Impala, next to it, and I donâ€™t even want to think of the ones that have them with the Impala â€“ you know they exist), I think itâ€™s an interesting read of Supernatural. I mean, think about it.
Imagine reading the whole show as a love story between two really gorgeous men caught up against a world of evil and they only have each other to cling to? Imagine their love is what keeps them going even when the universe is warring against themâ€¦.Imagine reading it as this complex dynamic between two souls who canâ€™t quite quit each other, semi-Brokeback style, even though their love is what damns them each and every timeâ€¦.Wait a minute! I think Zachariah was onto something hereâ€¦..
But what is that something? Well, I have a hypothesis, and it has a formula, and it has evidenceâ€¦.so letâ€™s do an experiment and see if it pans out. If not, well then, weâ€™ll discuss Destiel.
Weâ€™ve got two main characters?! We have Life-Threatening Plots and Soul-Crushing Angst? You know what that meansâ€¦.I think someoneâ€™s falling in loveâ€¦. (AKA the Chris Carter Conundrum, if you please)
So I have this theory about television romances. First, they are freaking addictive! Addictive like store bought cotton candy â€“ you know, the plastic canister with the heavenly blue/pink cloud of sugar love that makes the world a better place, if just for the few moments it takes you to scarf it down? Yum. Anyway, besides my desire for dinner, Iâ€™m pretty sure that Sam and Dean meet the criteria for a romantic couple, in the tradition of Mulder/Scully, because epic romance requires a few key factorsâ€¦â€¦
And I do call this the â€œChris Carter Conundrumâ€ for a reason. Now, for the older ones in my audience (me included), I could call this the â€œMoonlighting Melee,â€ but to keep it semi-current Iâ€™ll stick with Mulder/Scully as the referents. Carter, like Kripke, had a â€œginormously awesome idea for a five year story arcâ€ that would be like â€œthe best thing everâ€ and would involve â€œstrange creatures and mysterious conspiraciesâ€ that would â€œROCK YOUR WORLD!!!â€ Of course, apocalyptic plots need strong characters, and the boohoo moment for the â€œROCK YOUR WORLD!!!â€ story is that it tends to fade into the background and become the white noise against the â€œEPIC LOVE STORY!!!!â€
So you see, Mulder and Scully are, to my mind, the perfect frames for understanding how to move Dean and Sam as brother/partners into the no manâ€™s land (or all manâ€™s land) of partner/partner <wink, wink>. Why, you may ask? Well, let me show you in ten handy tips.
1. Storyline starts out with by introducing main hero character who is the centerpiece of catastrophic childhood trauma. (Mulder â€“ abducted sister; Sam â€“ dead mother)
2. Storyline immediately introduces partner who provides foil for heroâ€™s most important value; partner also has â€œwant to be like my daddyâ€ issues. (Scullyâ€™s science to Mulderâ€™s para-science; Deanâ€™s hunter lifestyle to Samâ€™s normal lifestyle; Scully and the Admiral; Dean and the Hunter)
3. Storyline hints that partner may, at first, have loyalties to others besides hero, but quickly partners pledge loyalty to each other. (Scully â€“ spy for FBI; Dean â€“ Daddyâ€™s little soldier)
4. Storyline reveals hero has more intricate connection to plotline. (Mulder â€“ family involved in alien stuff; Sam â€“ demonic, perhaps; psychic, definitely)
5. Storyline of heroâ€™s journey endangers and puts partner in jeopardy; in fact, partner becomes pawn to control heroâ€™s emotional state. (Scully â€“ abduction, cancer, pregnancy, general danger; Dean â€“ soul selling, multiple dying, angel conspiring)
6. Storyline emerges as a world-altering/world-ending epic where two partners, hero and partner, must battle together with only a few others to assist. (M/S â€“ Lone Gunmen, Mr. X, various informants; D/S â€“ Bobby, Rufus <sad Linda>, Chuck, Castiel â€“ Question: Why must they always kill Steven Williams? Why?! - I love you, Steven.)
7. Storyline focuses gradually on the two central characters and the importance of their relationship/bond as the most important weapon to beat the enemy, causing this relationship to take on epic proportions. (M/S â€“ Every season cliffhanger; D/S â€“ Every season cliffhanger)
8. Storyline introduces characters that threaten core relationship, usually intimating but not explicitly stating that sexual jealousy is present. Character interruptus, as I like to call it, almost always results in being deceiving-character-of-evil-who-works-for-the-enemy. (XF-Diana Fowley, SPN-Ruby)
9. Storyline resists, on epic levels, to bend to outside push for romantic turn between characters, instead dropping morsels of heavenly gaps of silence that can be filled in by the fan fic writers aching to start punching those keys. <Linda remembers her first fanfics. Oh, WordPerfect 5.0, how I miss you and your blue screen of inspiration.> Anyway, where are these moments? (M/S â€“â€œOne Breath,â€ â€œPaper Hearts,â€ â€œPusher,â€ I can go all day on M/S, people. D/S â€“ â€œAHBL, I and II,â€ â€œCroatoan,â€ â€œPlaythings,â€ â€œFaith,â€ â€œMystery Spot,â€ I can go all day on D/S, people)
10. After original five year plot line completes itself, either in part or totally, the remaining plotlines are attempts to (1) tie up loose ends that dangle precariously and/or (2) explore and explicate core relationship, both within the show and by going meta. (M/S â€“ â€œField Trip,â€ â€œall things,â€ â€œHollywood AD,â€ a kid named William?!, D/S â€“ Soulless Sam, God Help Us-â€œThe French Mistake,â€ â€œHello, Cruel Worldâ€)
So you know what this means? I can finally construct a math problem that explains Wincest! I am Sheldon-Cooper-level happy, yâ€™all!
The SAT Word Problem Guide to Wincest (or the Chris Carter Conundrum as Slash Math):
1. You have two Damaged Characters (Samâ€™s Cracked and Deanâ€™s Broken)
2. who are played by two Fairly Attractive (read here: hotter than the sun on proton steroids) Lead Actors (hello, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki? Come on! Thatâ€™s just frigging unfair to make them television brothersâ€¦.just unfair),
3. and they sacrifice a lot for each other in a world on the edge of the end times (If Loving You is Wrong, Thenâ€¦â€¦),
4. all the while really only interacting with each other and leaving a lot of their histories unexamined (Living in the Great Land of No One Understands Me but You - Why do they always assume weâ€™re gay? Or better yet, should you really look at your brother that way, Samâ€¦and I think you had a thing with Brady, Samâ€¦..),
5. which often puts them in danger of dying, and for Supernatural, being dead (Death Scenes Oâ€™ Love â€“ Classic Soap Technique â€“ Jensen, if youâ€™re reading this, you understand my meaningâ€¦.Love always proclaims itself in the hour of death, Days of Our Lives-style, right? - Side note: Eric and Austin, Jensenâ€¦it wouldâ€™ve been soooo hot and we couldâ€™ve called it some Lord of the Rings sounding portmanteau like â€œEritin.â€ Think about it.),
6. but besides the dying and death, there is also the problem of other potential mates who invade the relationship and unsurprisingly, reveal the weaknesses in the original equation (Sexual Jealousy, or The Replacements â€“ Two brothers, a siren, a demon, and an angel walk into a barâ€¦ wink, wink),
7. which brings all the tension to the forefront, forcing the characters to address in some way the dependency and betrayal that total and complete love demands (Unresolved is Unresolved until itâ€™s Resolvedâ€¦..with the Great Phallic Knife of Love!),
8. and this is settled, of course, so that our two main damaged characters can be together forever and ever (Off the Cliff like Thelma and Louise! - Otherwise known as â€œYou know Dean and Sam are gonna die togetherâ€¦.and then live happily ever after in Heaven, like an ethereal curtainficâ€),
9. a prescribed ending which allows the show to reflect on how its five year plot plan turned into an epic romance between two people (Take it Outside, Boys â€“ or Meta, Meta, Meta! Nom, Nom, Nom!).
10. Solve for x, if y is a predominantly female fandom.
Now, you can all see my genius! I can link Mulder to Sam and Scully to Dean. Come on! To quote darkhaired!Ruby â€“ â€œIâ€™m awesome!â€
But Iâ€™m so not finishedâ€¦I have seasons to explicate.
Hereâ€™s a story of two lovely brothersâ€¦..
Seasons 1 through 3: The Golden Age of Emo!Wincest (or That Can Over There? Open it? Oh crap! Worms!)
See this picture? Soooo many fantasies. So many. And also, unlike many online fantasies, in this one Dean tops - news at 11!
<cough> Sorry. Distracted. <cough>
So the first episode of the first season (aka the pilot) introduces us, the viewers, to Sam and Dean Winchester. First off, hot boys! Second, hot boys roughhousing! Seriously, how many gay porn narratives start with roughhousing? Note: Weâ€™ll discuss the metaphor of â€œfightingâ€ later on, just you wait.
Now, at this point, I have to confess that I did not watch Supernatural when it originally aired because of the hot boys. I know, stupid Linda. But seriously? I was like, â€œEric Brady and Dean Forester hunting ghosts in an old car? Oh, WB, why?â€ I was very judgy and, yes, the judginess has bitten me in the ass, soâ€¦now Iâ€™m obsessed. Thank you very much. So as I was thinking and researching this essay, to feed the obsession you see, I ran into a few issues. How to approach it? One can go season by season, episode by episode, but thatâ€™d be a little creepy, no? One could go by characterâ€¦Sam, Dean. But thatâ€™s a little too simple.
So I settled on a strategy and itâ€™s more like a chunking mechanism based on metaphor, because metaphor is the only place where Wincest can happen because you know, incest on primetime? Yeah, not gonna happen. But it can be invited in, shall we say, like a vampireâ€¦.wrong show, dammit.
In this first part Iâ€™m gonna discuss, mostly, seasons 1-3 because I think that these seasons represent an age of innocence in Wincestdom because most of the references happen as innocuous humor or highly emotive explication (yes, I like that word, donâ€™t judge me), which is vastly different from the violent metaphors of seasons 4 and 5 â€“ 4, especially, but weâ€™ll get to that.
Okay, so back to the introduction of Sam and Dean. If you have hot guys, you have automatic sexiness, but alas, hetero-normative sex partner no. 1 (Jess, poor girl) gets herself deep-fried, extra-crispy demon style, which leaves our two heroes all alone in the world, with only each other to rely on (or fight with â€“ wink). As the story unfolds, though, we realize being alone is not a strange position for them. Lucky Charms! Dean (of â€œSomething Wickedâ€) establishes that even as a wee one he protected his little bro, fed him, and sacrificed his own pleasures for Sam (by the way, I love that this episode inserts the standard gay innuendo of Seasons 1-3 â€“ two queens, hehehehe â€“ and in an episode with kids).
Another observation: many of the gay innuendo happen in episodes with kids as central characters: â€œBugs,â€ â€œSomething Wicked,â€ â€œPlaythings,â€ and â€œBedtime Stories.â€ Methinks that theme resonates with a past that perhaps is more complicated than we imagined and also invites fanfic writers the world â€˜round to write the pre-Supernatural years as a land of forbidden love, part one, or as I like to call it â€œThe Winchester Wonder Years.â€ And now that Iâ€™ve destroyed a TV experience for many of us (I do miss Winnie Cooper), I will just say that we have opportunities outside the story, from the get-go, to speculate on the nature of the brotherhood and boy, do we speculate <stares at LiveJournal>.
Besides the tongue in cheek innuendo that is often attached to children-centric episodes, we cannot forget that what makes this relationship ripe for the love that dare not speak its name is damage. Oh yeah, we got damage, both physical and emotional. Damage shoots through the Winchester psyche like a .44 caliber Dirty Harry bullet, leaving a wound to be healed, and who is there to stitch up those ragged edges?
Oh yeahâ€¦. <cue the Marvin Gaye >.
The damage is really quite extraordinary. Dean has his â€œneed to be mommy and keep my family togetherâ€ issues, which are coupled (hehe) with Samâ€™s â€œresent my daddy and want my mommyâ€ problems. This formula makes for a family romance that only Freud would approach. But letâ€™s look at these characters, a part from each other, shall we? Because I have a theoryâ€¦..and the theory is that Wincest is the ramification of addiction and denial. In other words, Wincest is a product of the storyâ€™s portrayal of Sam and Deanâ€™s addictive personalities that gets picked up by fans as suppressed sexual tension and then all hell breaks loose â€“ pun, people, pun!
But youâ€™re probably like, Linda H., isnâ€™t Wincest really about the love that dare not speak its name and the hot sex in the Impala? Iâ€™m sorry, but there is no sex in my first part. I wish I could give it to you, I do. Alas, the first three seasons are really about the opportunity for sexualization. So my formula is really not about the sex, because well the sex canâ€™t happen! They are two hot, straight lead actors who play brothers on a major-minor network that canâ€™t trespass into HBO/Showtime areas of deviance. Sex would defile like three or four television staples in one fell swoop. Of course, itâ€™d get ratings and letters from Citizens United as well. Hey, CW, want TV to really talk about?
But! But! Sex is not really the point of Wincest, not really. (Notice the rhetorical move of putting the conjunction â€˜butâ€™ next to the word â€˜sexâ€™? Yeah, Iâ€™m good like that). Wincest is about reading the show through the lens of the female perspective â€“ I say if the audience was mostly men, then itâ€™d be a different show. First, I doubt weâ€™d get half the innuendo we get. Second, I doubt weâ€™d get too much crying Dean, unless a gun was involved and girls with boobies, big boobies. Finally, I doubt thereâ€™d be much fanart produced. Yes, I know, boys write fanfiction too. But come on, fan fiction, fan vidding, and fan art in general is the domain of the female fan. I have sources I can site, yâ€™all. Donâ€™t make me get all bibliographic on you. I will. Watch me.
Anyway, I think the first three seasons are great character studies, especially about the brothersâ€™ dysfunctional whatever that gets blown to bits in the wham-bam-thank-you-maâ€™am Wincest cluster that happens in Season 4. Let me show you howâ€¦..
Sam Winchester: A Cold Turkey Solution
Sam Winchester is our damaged hero in training. Sam, oh Sam. Youâ€™ve got yourself a butt load of damage, starting from before you even had languageâ€¦.And that damage is so apparent in the first three seasons, but wait, what does this have to do with your brother and incestuous love? Oh I think we know, donâ€™t we?
One wonders about the history between the two of youâ€¦.four (or two â€“ I was never quite clear on that timeline) years without contact after you hightail it to Stanford? Thatâ€™s rather a strange disconnect given the closeness you share right away. And Jess? Same birthday as Dean? Dirty Blond? Smart? (Sam, Iâ€™d like to introduce you to Oedipus. Oedipus, this is Sam. â€“ And this meeting is important, seeing as how Dean has a propensity for being maternalâ€¦.). But thatâ€™s not it at all, right? I mean Dean is a part of the past - you got it under control, right? Just walk awayâ€¦.cold turkey like.
However, Sam there is a problem. During the first season you tend to treat Dean like a bad addiction, always making sure that he knows that you are going back to your â€œnormalâ€ life, walking away once the revenge is complete, the demon is killed. Itâ€™s like the alcoholic who claims just one more drink and then heâ€™ll go back to being sober. Again, one wonders what exactly is encompassed in your definition of normal? And why Dean is not part of that equation? But who am I to question? Weâ€™ll just go with it.
Side note: And good thing I was still working on this essay when Jensenâ€™s â€œspectaculakâ€ episode â€œThe Girl Next Doorâ€ aired. This episode is awesome for its exploration of the Dean/Sam relationship and its history, even if Dean doesnâ€™t appear in flashback. Well, he does. Heâ€™s the reason Sam chooses to not run away; Iâ€™m pretty comfortable making this assertion since both Amy and Sam were not fond of their respective parental units, parents who seemed to represent addictive personalities and stunted opportunities for the two young freaks.
So, really, Oedipus, thy name is Sam. You see, Sam has chances to avoid his â€œfate.â€ And he does, when he goes to Stanford, but he continues to choose to go back to the Winchester family and it has to do with the soulful Dean I think.
Letâ€™s turn to the demon thing, or whatever psychic issue you have in the first two seasons, Sam. Now, given that the demon thing becomes an addiction in season four, one can speculate that the first two seasons were your best effort attempts at staving off some kind of hunger/temptation? How did you do this? For the love of Dean, of course; a situation which comes to a head when he goes and sells his soul for you. (Dammit, Dean, with your soulfulness and inappropriate sacrifices. This? This is not normal! But later with you.)
Once he sells his soul, well, we just have to face the inherent and incredibly dysfunctional relationship, donâ€™t we? Poor Sam. I mean, I think you are well aware of the problems that this relationship poses. In fact, I think it is really obvious in â€œBorn Under a Bad Sign.â€ How? Well Meg is up in you like a wayward gerbil (points to those who get that reference) and has all this great delicious knowledge of your inner most workings and so what does she do? Well, she goes missing, which freaks Dean the f*%k out. Nice play, Meg. Nice play. Then she goes all wounded and maybe evil, which activates Deanâ€™s â€œshield the Sammy at all costs!â€ super-suit. Then, oh then, she goes after Jo, which is some weird Sedgwickian homoerotic triangle move that reveals a deep desire, perhaps?
For those in the audience not familiar with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, let me get my academic geek on for a sec. She wrote a book called Epistemology of the Closet, which rocks by the way, that defines some homosocial male desire as being negotiated through a third, female party. In other words, some guys can only do it via indirect association, like say fighting over, having sex with, or generally enjoying the affection of the same girl. Sedgwick returns in the next partâ€¦.be on the lookout. But this time, with Jo, thatâ€™s what tips Dean off to Sam not being Samâ€¦.â€™cause really, would Sam go all dominating and sexually aggressive with a woman? Thatâ€™s so not Samâ€¦..right?
<three episodes later>
So Sam, of the two, you get the most lip-locking â€“ and hip-knocking â€“ action in the first three seasons. Jess, the Provenance girl, Madison (yes!). And Sam, your sex always has a hint of deferred emotion, unless of course you are Soulless Samâ€¦damn, he needs to come back every once in a while, really he does, if just for the sex (and donâ€™t bitch about it, Dean â€“ suck it up for your fellow countrywomen).
Anyway, you Sam, are an emotional luster which is an addiction in and of itself. And there is so much to examine in that juxtaposition. At once you are what can only be described as splendidly sexual (doggy style with Madison? Which I totally think made her turn back into a werewolf. You broke her, Sam! Youâ€™re like a gangsta of sexingâ€¦.I feel a Pitbull tune coming on), yet you can be supertastically shy (Provenance girl hesitance). Oh Sam, I have a feeling you tie the sex to the love, donâ€™t you? And yet you donâ€™tâ€¦.very conflicted you are. Do you know why? I think I know! <raises hand â€“ pick me! pick me!>
You see, I think you, Sam, have some deep seeded and conflicted issues with your brother and your own dependency on his affections. I think you ran away from his normal because it underscored how normal your abnormal was, if that makes sense. I also think you see yourself as a freak in so many ways, and that you automatically associate Dean with those feelings of being abnormal, and I further think that sense of abnormality extends beyond simple â€œI want another lifeâ€ angst. I think, episode after episode in seasons 1-3, we see you become increasingly attached and dependent on Dean, culminating in â€œMystery Spot,â€ where we see the complete and utter devastation of you in absence of Dean. And unlike Dean, you are not one to let go. I think it is clear from â€œFaith,â€ â€œDevilâ€™s Trap,â€ â€œIn My Time of Dying,â€ â€œTime is on My Side,â€ among other episodes, that you have questionable moral judgment when it comes to choosing your brother over what could be considered more important ventures, say killing Azazel or not sacrificing others for your brotherâ€™s life? But I think you know this about yourself because all your other addictions are really just substitute addictions arenâ€™t they? So what was the â€œoriginalâ€ addiction? Iâ€™ll let you ruminate on that for a bitâ€¦..
But whatever this conflict is I would like to take a moment to look at the downfall setup, and her name is Ruby! It seems pretty clear that the introduction of Ruby is a non-sexual issue. She canâ€™t be sexualized at first, you see, because Deanâ€™s still alive. Instead, 3rdSeasonBlond!Ruby comes in as a tomboy and sets herself up nicely as a partner in crime. She lays the groundwork for your blood addiction, Sam, but sheâ€™s awesomely surreptitious in her ingratiating process. She knows she canâ€™t get into your pants, because you know, sex ainâ€™t gonna come between you and Dean, especially since you are single minded in your obsession to save him. That cuts down on the sex for you too. Too bad we couldnâ€™t meet Soulless Sam before season six. Season three sucks for the no-sex <sad Linda face>.
So, anyway, Ruby uses the nice â€œget Dean out of his dealâ€ approach along with her mad skills in hunting to gain your trusties. And of course, she shows up with the phallic knife of doom that she wields as well as Dean wields his guns. (One could say she brings her own penis, but who would say that? Not me.)
So third season Ruby, letâ€™s break it down, has: hunting skills that JJ Evans would call â€œdyno-mite,â€ a fetish for fast food (not pie, I know, but French fries), blond hair, a leather jacket, a sarcastic sense of humor, and did I forget her favorite weapon, the phallic knife of doom? So who does she remind us of? Hint: If she were a boyâ€¦.Iâ€™ll give you extra creditâ€¦..come on, you know this.
And she knows your weakness, Sammy. She knows your dirty little secret, like Meg knows it. And boy, when we get to 4thSeasonBrunette!Ruby, she sticks that metaphorical knife in and twists the sucker, donâ€™t she? Because the brilliance of Ruby-cum-Lilith in â€œNo Rest for the Wickedâ€? At the moment of your brotherâ€™s death, she sexualizes Ruby, turns her into a purring sex kitten as your brother lay dyingâ€¦.metaphor, thy name is Supernatural. But weâ€™ll defer to the next season to delve into that troublesome move.
Okay, so Iâ€™m gonna call a spade, a spade. I think Sam Winchester is a little enamored with his brother, and I think Sam Winchester knows it. And I think Sam Winchester hides all that behind an intellectual veneer that allows him to compartmentalize his desires, that allows him to be sexually aggressive and yet emotionally conflicted, which Meg takes advantage of when she takes over his meatsuit and Ruby capitalizes on as tomboy partner and thenâ€¦well, thenâ€¦.weâ€™ll get to the then in a bit. And this may explain why Sam is hesitant, extremely hesitant, to engage in violent physical altercations with his brother unless of course itâ€™s play-fighting or itâ€™s, well, itâ€™s the culminating moment of emotional abandonment, like in â€œLucifer Risingâ€ and you may wonder why, well itâ€™s because Sam Winchester knows that while his own metaphor may be addiction, heâ€™s also smart enough, â€˜cause of the book learning, to know that Deanâ€™s metaphor is fighting. And that leads us toâ€¦..Dean damage or what Iâ€™d like to call â€œSam was not the first one to break into multiple personalitiesâ€!
(coming up in part two, Dean Winchester: Who am I? The Other Shoe of Course, and Seasons 4, 5, and 6)
To read parts 1, 2, and 3 of the Forbidden Elephants series, the links are below:
Forbidden Elephants: Sex and The Single Winchester, Issue #1
Forbidden Elephants: Sex and The Single Winchester, Issue #2
Forbidden Elephants: Sex and The Single Winchester, Issue #3
I don't suppose it matters but Dean says he's Mulder.
Thanks so much Linda, you write with a great sense of humour.
girl, that's gold