SU gem fusion analogies

[ cn: abuse & abusers talk ]

Among Steven Universe fans, there are folks who take the boring, obvious route of interpreting gem fusions as a metaphor for sex, which, zzzzzzz, but, imagine instead:

Gem fusions as a metaphor for surviving an abusive relationship.

Not simply as in the case of Malachite, with distinct, separate entities battling for control, but rather, more in light of how Garnet described the experience of being a permanent fusion:

When you fuse, you don’t feel like two people. You feel like one being. And your old names might as well be names for your left arm, and your right.

You go on existing with filth in your veins and their words in your head.  You can’t always separate an original, pure version of “you” from the influence they had on you. And your old names might as well be names for your left arm, and your right.


3 responses to “SU gem fusion analogies

  • Elizabeth

    I haven’t seen Steven Universe (I should one day!), but I find this analogy really useful anyway! I’ve struggled to try to explain how I don’t really feel like the same person as I was before, and how because of that “survivor” sometimes really doesn’t feel like the right word even though it’s technically correct. It doesn’t capture the drastic reinvention/recreation of self, or the ghosts. This gets a little closer to it.

    • Coyote

      I highly recommend checking it out! The episodes are all very short and all available for free here.

      Anyway, it’s really cool that you could get something out of this even without having seen the show (I’d been kind of thinking only people who had seen it would find this resonant). Anyway, yeah. Good to know someone else finds it useful. ^^

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