[ 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.