So…last time I checked pansexual meant “not limited to people of a particular gender identity or sexual orientation.” So I really don’t get why certain people insist that it’s homophobic to ship characters like Loki and others with characters of a different gender. Especially with Loki. They say “but it’s comics canon!” while they themselves ignore the fact that, in the comics and the myths, Loki has had numerous female love interests, even a wife! MCU Loki may not have a love interest but he displayed at least some interest in female characters before. And also, bi/pan/omni people irl get into relationships with people of different genders ALL.THE.TIME. We exist and are valid and our relationships are valid and deserving of respect and representation, too. Loki (and Valkyrie and lots of others) could end up in an m/f relationship and still be pan. Obviously, you don’t have to ship Loki with a female character if you don’t want to, but before you scream homophobia at people who do, maybe think about why you think it’s bad to ship a pan character with someone of a different gender. Because a lot of times it seems less like you care about good representation and more like you just want to police fandom, which is never cool.
Comic fanbases (any fanbase with a lot of hard line good/evil characters really) seem to think that you should only be allowed to ship characters if it’s as morally righteous and healthy as possible and that just is not how shipping works. Sure, some shit would reflect poorly on a person (like actual pedophilia) but you people act like thinking a pairing of two consenting adults is the bane of fandom as soon as it isn’t Relationship Goals. Shipping stuff like jarley or batjokes is not a statement of personal morals. It is not advocating for abuse by default. A lot of people just like the drama! The mentality that only 100% pure ships are okay is how you get people who think any kind of unhealthy relationship being found interesting by someone is disgusting and people who go out of their way to woobafy villains and abusers so as to not feel gross about thinking their character dynamics are interesting. Antis no-edgy-allowed policy actively makes fan spaces worse