Warning for shipping.
While I don't regret anything I've posted here and there in recent fandom shipwankeries (I studiously avoid reading or posting at places that aren't about the source material but are about the culture of gossip like fandom_wank or fandomsecrets), I'm sad that I may have called some attention to yulieana by rec'ing an LJ entry of hers on bleachness some time ago--even though I gave a warning for its fan bashing. I meant to call attention to its panel by panel argument for Ulquiorra's humanity, not the tone of the piece. Certainly if I'd wanted to find examples of piss-poor behavior in the Bleach fandom, I could've found much better examples than the name-calling on yulieana 's LJ. Yulie's become an object of constant attack lately, misinformed reports to f_w, drive-by trollings that call for her suicide or judge her a bad parent or a lousy feminist.
Even though she's handled the onslaught admirably and even adapted her style of writing and tamed her tone and her last post included no personal bashing, she's still a target of hatefulness. Some may argue that hatefulness begets hatefulness, and while there's truth there, honesty commands my respect. A lot of fandom nastiness goes on in the shadows and doesn't make it to f_w; Yulie is an easy target because her LJ isn't f-locked; she's honest and her flaws are exposed.
Honest or not, though, we all are exposed, so consider that when you comment, here or elsewhere. Even that fandom character named anon shows us his vulnerabilities whenever he posts, and he's often a subject of ridicule.
So it's with some trepidation that I am going to recommend the following two essays about fandom misperceptions about shipping. Neither contain (what is by my definition) bashing. Both are part of the IchiRuki/IchiOri shipping war that some Bleach fans find tiresome but some (like me) find pretty interesting. The first makes an earnest attempt to debunk some common misperceptions about IchiOri fans and succeeds in reminding us that not all shippers are of a hive mind. The second addresses some faulty reasoning of the first and addresses issues that come closer to the actual source material of Bleach.
I give you:
You Don't Know IchiHime Shippers, Vol 1 by crystaldawn
Shounen Happens: re: you don't know IchiHime shippers by qwirky
If these sorts of essays are your thing, go comment. If they're not, these writers don't need to be told why they're not.