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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 06:08 am (UTC)
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I thought that might have been what you meant, but I wasn't sure, so reading this part definitely clarifies it for me... and I'm honestly shocked to hear that there are women out there who like m/m slash because it's void of women. But maybe I'm more Bi than I realize ;-)

So, really?? I mean, that's just shocking to me! I really, really want to understand this and understand where the women who say this are coming from. Is is really only a matter of taste or is it at all laced with homophobia? Or maybe something about the woman's comfort level with her own body?

In any case, I find it interesting that the slash genre reaches such a diverse population when it might seem to some, from the outside, to be specifically for a homosexual audience.

And I also have to say that, from my limited porn experience, that that stuff written by and for lesbians is INCREDIBLY different than what's produced by men.

Lesbian porn, by which I mean porn written by and for lesbians, seems so much more authentic than all the girl-on-girl crap I've seen that has been made for men, by men.

::shrugs:: I don't know. I don't get out that much!!! ;-)
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From:mofic
Date:January 23rd, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
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Is is really only a matter of taste or is it at all laced with homophobia? Or maybe something about the woman's comfort level with her own body?

I don't know. And, as I say elsewhere in this thread, I think it's good to try to analyze and understand kinks, but it's easy to fall into judgmentalism. What turns you on turns you on and there really isn't a moral character to fantasy, or a pointer from it to how one lives one's life. For the most obvious example, lots of women have rape fantasies, but that does not mean they want to be raped, yk?

Why do some women not want to read het sex scenes? I think it varies a lot. Some women who quite enjoy sex themselves don't enjoy descriptions of women having sex; I'm not sure why. Others talk about feeling *jealous* of the woman in the story in ways they don't with slash - that the idea that some other woman has "her" character impedes enjoyment. I do know the "Ewww - het" comments are very common in slash venues.

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From:mofic
Date:January 31st, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
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I think it makes sense and is related to what I say above about some women feeling jealous of the female character involved with their preferred male character but not feeling that way about a male lover.
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From:kattahj
Date:January 31st, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
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Is is really only a matter of taste or is it at all laced with homophobia? Or maybe something about the woman's comfort level with her own body?

I've heard some women of this category claim that it becomes too real if one participant is a woman, that the perfect romantic sex becomes entangled with the less romantic reality. And I can certainly understand that perspective, even if I don't share it.
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