I went to the 0RCD (Obsessive Robsten Compulsive Disorder) website and took the test so I know that I
AM a Robsten shipper. Now that my disorder has held for longer than a couple of months, I am more and more convinced that there are more of us out there (straight men caught up in this). Socialization of what's manly, maybe even a little homophobia, is what keeps others in the closet. I have not read Romance books before Twilight and it was the vampire element that drew me in but the love story that hooked me. I have never been a fan of any movie star, or a public relationship. These two are so unique and they seem so genuine. The obsession for me is mostly about Kristen. I get upset when I see criticisms of her. People that do not see the genius in her and effortless beauty are just too damn narrow minded to get it. I also feel protective of the couple and unfortunately there is no shortage of attackers online.
If Kristen were dating some typical Hollywood personality it would be painful to watch. Rob seems very humble and deserving. He is also very talented. Its easy to root for him. Their shared traits of shyness and reluctance to fame (more evident in Kristen) are endearing qualities.
What do I get out of this: it seems similar to witnessing an underdog overcome obstacles to reach the pinnacle of success. I guess. Its different. Love is a powerful emotion and it's very rare to witness a couple in the public and "just know" I think the couples decision not to speak publicly makes it more powerful. When you see them watching each other, there is no doubt that the feelings are genuine. I suppose the watcher needs to have experienced love themselves in order to see it in others.