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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:barenakedrachel
Date:January 23rd, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
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I have personally observed much of the same going on that you listed, although I have very little experience with reading any type of erotica and zero experience writing it... and I hardly ever view commercialized porn since I find it quite boring (yes, I need a story with much more than just the sex and am much more drawn to creating my own pictures from words than I am to just looking at provided pictures, much of which are laughably unrealistic, imo).

I've spent a lot of time in the past trying to "figure out" how to label and explain myself and my likes and tastes, only to pretty much just give that up and simply list/say what I like... That has helped immensely in realizing what I actually like - and one of my most recent realizations (I'd say within the past year) is that I LOVE M/M SLASH!!

For some reason I find it very arousing... but I don't care for the combination of a very "masculine" man with an "effeminate" man. I prefer to read about two men who perhaps both previously thought of themselves as hetero, or perhaps only one of them, it doesn't really matter. I can tell you that I know I don't like it for the "two men is better than one" aspect and I can tell you that I don't ever, ever imagine myself in either man's place. I just love to see two men together and I find that sex and intimacy between two men (at least in any of the films I have seen or in the slash I have read) is so strong, raw, and powerful... two men seem to connect very differently than a man and a woman.

I think some of what I get out of it is purely voyeuristic. I go about my life with a personal conviction that comes from I-have-no-idea-where that men are far more sensual and sensitive and loving than culturally portrayed and/or raised to be... so maybe to watch two men open up to each other is highly gratifying to me, personally.

As for the category of F/F slash, I enjoy it as well, but not as much as M/M ::shrugs:: I do fall into your category of wanting to read about or visualize two classically feminine women as opposed to one or both butch-looking or acting. I think my reason for that is simply that I'm not attracted to more "masculine-looking" women. I don't care for the high-maintenance look with the long nails and lots of makeup, but I definitely like somewhat feminine-looking women. Tom-boyishness is perfectly OK, though ;-)

I generally find the idea of any human being aroused by another human to be lovely.
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From:mofic
Date:January 23rd, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
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I think some of what I get out of it is purely voyeuristic. I go about my life with a personal conviction that comes from I-have-no-idea-where that men are far more sensual and sensitive and loving than culturally portrayed and/or raised to be... so maybe to watch two men open up to each other is highly gratifying to me, personally.


I think this is a very good point. And using it as a jumping off point - two men could be to some extent freed from the constraints of male/female roles when interacting with each other. Or, looking at it another way, maybe how men behave sexually with each other is more essentially male in some sense, because it's not dependent on a code of masculinity that presupposes the feminine "other." Maybe because they understand each other's bodies and sexuality better than m/f couples do (or at least think they do) they can experience sexuality more completely together (I explore this idea in fanfic a bit).
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