I don’t know about you, but I for one acknowledge this thing that separates fictional realms and reality.
A while ago, I have written very excessively on this subject and why some things are okay in fiction, that are not okay irl.
For instance, lets take the relationship of Harley Quinzel and The Joker.
It is a relationship that fascinates many people and many are conflicted on it.
Harley and Joker have a very, very abusive relationship. Anyone with a half-a-brain can and will notice it. An such a relationship should be condemned in real life, because it’s abusive both mentally and physically.
But, in the realms of fiction, we watch it from a safe distance. We enjoy it. We explore it’s depths. We can watch it without real outrage because we know it is not real, and it is a window in to other types of relationships that happen that are not “happily ever after”.
Fiction helps us explore and learn about things that are not moral, and at the same time, lets us keep our morality.
People who ship Ereri, for instance (I don’t, I prefer LevixHanji), are not going to grow in to pedophiles, as much as you think they are. People who ship Wincest (again, yet another thing I personally don’t ship), are not gonna fuck their sibling. I have two older siblings, and Hikaru and Kaoru from Ouran High School Host club (a ship I did ship) never even brought the thought of snogging them in to my head.
They are not going to get together with a man 15 years older than them. They are not gonna snog their sibling. They are not gonna touch 13-year-old kids inappropriately.
That is because they know that the relationship is fictional. They are probably aware that such relationships are immoral in the first place.
There is a psychological study which examines why we like exploring the immoral and the unacceptable in fictional works. I studied it in college as a part of a class that examines Psychology in Art (art as in writing, painting, music, the works). It is a vent. Morally questionable subjects in fiction helps us vent our own desires and helps keep morally questionable thoughts out of our head irl.
There were three main theories that explained this study, Art is Sublimation, Art is Catharsis, and Art is Regression in the service of the Ego.
Sublimation is taking the energy one would be using for things that are not allowed and projecting it in to a socially acceptible way. Dark impulses (sex or agression) becomes a well-doer.
Catharsis is a mechanism that helps gets rid of tension; it’s a mechanism that projects an inner problem on to another person, usually a fictional character (or relationship). There we see why fictional works have such horrible, immoral things happening; the artist expunges his inner neurosis via his work, and the public does the same by reading/enjoying the artists work.
Regression in the service of the Ego is the youngest of the three. The basis of this one is that, by creating forbidden themes in literature and art, we get a thrill out of it. We experience, so to say, the thrill of doing something forbidden and immoral, without the real life consequences, and thus, we do not feel the need to live out such dark parts of us in real life.
It explains the unconscious expunge and purification of ourselves in both creating and enjoying fiction; we put the worst of us in to fiction so that we can clear ourselves of it in reality.
I doubt you have even read past the first two sentences of this, though. But tldr; shipping a immoral ship does not make a person immoral. Fiction does not equal reality. And why it is actually healthy for people to explore the immoral in fiction is a concept based in psychology.
EDIT: Added in the two other theories, I just found my psychology script from last year so I could check up if I wrote everything correctly
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