bro strider was canonically abusive.
- raised dave in a house filled with sex toys and pornography
- was neglectful of dave’s anxiety by attacking him with puppets
- constantly beat dave up in strifes to make him ‘stronger’
- threw dave down the stairs
- bro was unfit for raising a child
- so he probably didn’t even know he was being abusive
- you can love someone and still be abusive
- that still doesn’t make it right
how about we remember some other things
- bro took the role of dave’s brother, not parent
- all of this is typical brother behavior exaggerated because its a comic
- a lot of this shit is exaggerated because its a FICTIONAL COMIC
i dont know about you but my big bro and i used to sword fight in the backyard and get pretty beat up and laugh about it
then afterward we’d sit on the floor covered in bruises and put bandaids on our cuts and talk about how much we suck with swords
because thats what bros do. we beat each other up and then feel ok about it afterward. my bro was only a few years older than me, in comparison to like 20 with dave and bro, but its still the same idea. bros. my bro and i never shared porn or anything, but you can be damned that if my bro made puppet porn he’d probably show me every 5 seconds to make me think hes cool. and id probably call it weird and gross and he’d probably throw the puppets at me and tell me i just dont get how cool it is. thats kind of what he does with my little pony right now. and i started drawing because my brother did, like dave and bro.
the problem with all these “abusive bro” posts is that youre thinking of bro as a father. not a bro. hes a BROTHER. a big brother. a big brother whom, at the beginning of homestuck, hussie wasnt thinking about his age yet, or the fact they didnt have parents yet. andrew had admitted that he had only thought of bro as “daves bro”. later we learn they had no parents, and this very brotherly attitude bro took rather than a parental just goes with his personality. he isnt fit to be a parent. SO HE WASNT. he was instead dave’s bro, and they as a result are 2 brothers with no parents… and act like it.
plus, we dont know how old bro even is. he must be young enough to act like dave’s bro and not a parent. all we know is that he and mom are the same age. and considering mom’s parenting tactics, we can assume both of them are pretty young at that point. mom tried very hard to be a good parent, while bro acted like a very typical brother.
honestly, i feel like most of these “abusive” posts about bro are made by people who have never been a dude with a big brother. everything bro and dave do is just a comically exaggerated biography of a typical big bro and little bro. you can disagree with me, like i am disagreeing with you, but i think the main point everyone keeps missing here is the “bro” part. hes not daves dad (biologically he is but he doesnt know that), hes daves bro and hes not trying to be anything other than that.