Misha commenting on Castiel’s repetitive objectification this season in torture contexts.
I agree so much with this. In SPN, torture has taken on a sexual connotation I find dangerous and repulsive. I don’t think there is anything wrong with scenes designed to be eye-candy - like, e.g., the laundromat-scene in 9x01 - but torture is not sexy. In fact, I feel that torture is one of those plot-devices that should be used carefully and only if you feel that you will have time and opportunity to explore the repercussions of torture on the affected character.
However, in SPN, torture lines up with death in that it is easily reversible. A character dies? No problem, he’ll be brought back. A character is tortured? Never mind, he might be healed or become an angel and - hey - angels don’t feel pain anyways.
I think this is also one of the things that really pissed me off about the context in which we saw Cas angeling up again. It’s basically like Misha says here: They can do all kinds of creepy, disgusting, painful stuff with the character and present it as harmless or even sexy because it doesn’t have any impact on the character, i.e., on his mental and/or physical well-being.
I’ve never been a big fan of whump in any fandom I’ve been in, but with Cas, I’ve come to read hurt/comfort fics, simply because they tend to provide something the show usually shies away from. Maybe this is also what repells me so much about re-angeled!Cas after 9x09: the implication that they can now stop taking him seriously as a character with emotions and limitations and go back to doing with him whatever they want because it’s hard to affect him in any serious manner.