Space for Rent: Queer Bating the Truth



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According to the Urban Dictionary, Queer Bating is:

When people in the media (usually television/movies) add homoerotic tension between two characters to attract more liberal and queer viewers with the indication of them not ever getting together for real in the show/book/movie.

“Hey did you watch the new Supernatural episode last night”

“Nah all the queer baiting in it makes me want to bash my head in. I quit watching Sherlock for that reason too.”

Seems harmless enough. A bit of UST for the heterosexual fans of a show that are into queer romance.
For those who have read my blog before, you know the answer to this one. To those that have not, well welcome to the blog.
The answer, of course, is an emphatic NO. You see, there is nothing really liberal or progressive about this practice. Instead of portraying LGBT relationships with warts and all, they use queer bating to entice a section of their heterosexual fan base that fetishes gay relationships while avoiding offending the larger viewership with the, “Gay.” This is not about forcing writers to write outside their comfort zone or imposing diversity. This is about how queer bating  is used to bury LGBT people because the show’s creators don’t have the balls to write them and put them on center stage.
Unless they play smarmy villains or fey jesters.


4 comments on “Space for Rent: Queer Bating the Truth

  1. Well said. It’s pretty insulting on many levels.


  2. Hi from another AWer! Great post. At best, it denotes (IMO) a juvenile kind of mindset (everyone thinks John and Sherlock are in love! Ha ha. That’s just crazy, because they’re both guys! Tee hee) and at worst, well… offensive, insulting, take your pick.


    • Welcome to the blog Kathryn. As for the trope itself, I think it is made for the Tumblr/Fan Fic crowd. Give them enough to fuel their fantasies and they will keep watching/playing.


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