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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 29th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
The thing about characters - yes, it was one of my bullet points, but it's worth talking about more. A subject of endless discussion in slash fandom is what makes two characters slashable. And it so often is about the characters. Not always, as is demonstrated by people who follow particular *actors* from one movie or show to another and by RPS, but often it really is about the characters and how they are presented in the source text much more than about the two hottest bodies on screen, as you say.

There's not really a sense of character in straight-oriented porn afaict. The idea of men discussing whether two women are slashable seems completely unlikely. I think that's related, though, to a preference for text over pictures. Or, more accurately, I think most men have a preference for visuals and most women have a preference for story and characters. Truly, if by some miracle :-) a slash writer could get the canonical actors to act out her stories and have them filmed slashfen would be in heaven! I don't think a preference for fanfic is because - for most women - the reader would rather read about these characters than see them but because it's the way she gets the stories she wants with the characters she loves.

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