This is about shipping, incompatible orientation, and the implications of such things. It's amusing with fiction, but it's annoying with real people. I get that there are situations in fiction where two people would be better off as friends than as partners, and I do plan to take my own stories on that route myself (even if it kills my chances of getting a publisher because romance makes everything sell better), but what the hell is it with people who insist other people should become more than friends? Seriously. I've got a friend I spend a lot of time with, and it's led to random people asking us if we're dating. Every week or so, there'd be another person. I'd say some weeks it doesn't happen, but some other weeks it happens more than once. This I don't mind, because it's fun to joke about, but with enough time I've run into some people who think they know me a little better. They think they know me better than I do, and can confidently say that I should get romantically involved with this person, despite my lack of attraction and the fact that for a large part of the friendship I've had somebody else to focus those kinds of emotions on. I've been letting it go for the past few months, because it's never been worth paying attention to. Still sort of isn't, but I feel a little bit gross right now. A friendly acquaintance of mine did the suggestion thing again, saying I'm my friend's type. It's probably true, but he isn't my type. Because it's difficult for a male to be my type, I've been shutting people down with the "Sorry, I'm a lesbian" rejection for a while now. I get that it doesn't exactly push guys away, but this friend of mine that people think I should be with respects it, and that's a big part of why we're friends. The classmate seems to have a different idea of what it means to be pretty damn gay. Apparently, to her, being a lesbian means "So get with your friend, get a girlfriend, and have threesomes!" Not something I'm completely against, but that's a bit too casually sexual for me, to say nothing of my lack of attraction to this friend. I told her I'm not that kind of person, so she said, "Fine, get a girlfriend and let him watch with a camera to record it." We both responded in unison, "That's disgusting!" - I can see where she's coming from with this shipping thing, because supposedly amazing friends make amazing partners, but no. So forum-faces, I have questions. What the hell is wrong with straight people, that they think homosexuality and promiscuity are congruent, and that it's completely okay to recommend that somebody (who didn't ask for suggestions) bend into bisexuality and get somebody of the opposite sex involved as the primary partner? And to a lesser extent, what are some ways to deal with this sort of thing besides asking "What the hell is wrong with you?"