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

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From:lilacsigil
Date:January 23rd, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
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Women are more interested in there being some story or character

I think this is part of the difference - men observing f/f porn are often "part of the action" whereas m/m slash (whether porny or not) is about the characters in question. There is certainly a big genre of m/f with self-insert type original female characters, but if women can imagine themselves as one of the men in m/m fic as you write above (I don't, personally), why are there so few m/m fics with self-insert type original male characters? There are some, but very few. Is it because the female characters in the source text are more often unsatisfactory in some way than the male characters?

I have read male-written f/f fic, and while some of it is similar to female-written f/f fic, some of it is very off-putting and I suspect that it's written for a male gaze, not mine.

(I just re-read what I wrote in the first paragraph, and I don't mean to say that ofc writers hate canon female characters! I do mean that there is an awful lot more m/ofc than m/omc or f/ofc or f/omc written and I wonder why the canon men are so much more satisfying - it could just be a numbers game.)

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From:mofic
Date:January 23rd, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
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That's interesting about original characters. Most of my OCs - and all of my really fleshed out ones - are male,but I think you're right that female o/cs are more frequent. I do think that in certain fandoms there are more interesting male characters. It's generally true of comics fandoms and sci fi ones as well.

As to the inserting yourself as one of the men, the first time I heard of that it sounded very alien to me, but I've learned to do it and I do think it enhances the experience.

Edited at 2009-01-23 04:26 pm (UTC)
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