This is both a clarification and a prologue to my upcoming Sastiel meta. On a show with four male leads, all whom have fantastic chemistry, shipping is bound to happen. For some reason, the amount of slash is huge compared to the amount of het; don’t ask me why, that’s just the way it is. I refuse to delve into gender politics of the fandom psyche. Let’s leave that for the psychoanalysts.
Clearly, there is nothing wrong with reading into every onscreen relationship, especially given the buckets of subtext. I don’t usually, though, because there is a shortage of media that depicts men in meaningful non-sexual relationships, and I like that aspect of SPN- the aspect that allows two brothers who do not, in my personal opinion, have any sexual inclinations towards each other, to be soulmates. SPN lets men be vulnerable around each other without explaining it away as romance, which is why I generally prefer the non-slashy readings.
That said, the whole show can be read with a sexual undercurrent- see The Subversion Of Sex– and most fans ship something. I, personally, have an affection for Sastiel, though I don’t ship it per se (I was once a Destieler, but I got frustrated at the amount of people trying to ‘prove’ Dean’s gayness).
Anyway, my plan is to write a meta about each significant ship- I’ve already covered Destiel and Wincest, and said everything I intend to say about Samifer. These ship metas are not me telling you what to think, or even me telling you what I think. They’re simply a lens through which the show could be viewed, and in SPN, where actions can look completely different depending on where you’re stood, it’s important to be able to see the show through someone else’s filters.