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January 22nd, 2009
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Is M/M Slash Like Pseudo-Lesbian Porn Produced for Straight Men?

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Date:January 22nd, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
It's an interesting question. I think your observations are correct -- at least regarding how a majority women and men consume erotica/pornographic material in our culture today. A question I ponder on occasion is how much these differences are biologically determined and how much they're a result of a fairly sexually repressive culture. I wonder if I'd feel more comfortable consuming something with less "redeeming" value derived from characters, plot and emotion without the cultural reinforcement that sex divorced from emotion is a bad thing for a woman to engage in. (I'm not sure that's a bad thing for the culture to reinforce, either, but I'm quite sure that the message given to men about how they should conceive of sex is not the same.)

I know that I do approach slash in most of the ways you've mentioned, but I'm reluctant to generalize from that. This year has been doing a really good job beating that tendency out of me :)

One last note -- I still do have those books for you, and plan to get them boxed up and shipped out. I got hung up with the holidays and I'm finally emerging and trying to get stuff dome.
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Date:January 22nd, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
It's always well nigh impossible, I think, to determine what part of gendered behavior is genetic/hormonal and what part is socially induced. My general feeling is that there's so much social pressure to conform to gender roles that my role as a parent and as a feminist is to not contribute to that pressure. I don't know how well I succeed, though.

That's interesting about "sex divorced from emotion" as a concept. I think women are under pressure not to have sex divorced from a relationship, but I don't think that's exactly the same thing.

Oh, and thanks for the books, whenever you get around to them.
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