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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 31st, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
(Here via metafandom, btw)

IMO, the differences between slash and lesbian porn (as articulated in your post, some of the responses to it, and my own personal understanding of things), are as follows (note that I’m making huge generalizations in the interest of simplicity, otherwise I’d have to spend ages hashing out the specifics):

Female-generated/consumed gay fantasy
Oriented in a community (interactive)
Produced for pleasure
Audience feels an emotional connection with the characters
Explores the characters as individuals (humanizes)
Not necessarily sexual
Two specific people together
Characters interact in our minds

Male-generated/consumed lesbian fantasy
Oriented in the individual (solitary)
Produced for profit
Audience feels emotionally detached from the characters
Ignores the characters as individuals (dehumanizes)
Two non-specific bodies together
Characters interact on film

So far several people in the comments have questioned the validity of comparing consumer-made erotica (slash) with commercially-made erotica (lesbian porn), but I think such a comparison is valid for the following reasons:

The pornography industry is made by men and for men. Lesbian pornos are mainstream and easily available. Therefore a man seeking lesbian erotica must buy his fantasy.

However, a female seeking erotica must generally choose from these options:
A) consume the commercial erotica by and for men (porn films)
B) consume the commercial erotica by and for women (heterosexual romance novels)
C) create and/or consume the consumer erotica by and for women (fanfic and fanart)

Options A and B are undesirable for a woman seeking a story with an emotional and sexual connection between two men. Option A provides a sexual connection between two men, but no emotional connection. Option B provides a sexual and emotional connection, but not between two men. Therefore a woman seeking homosexual erotica must build her fantasy by choosing option C.

My point is this: a lot of people like watching people of the opposite gender having sex together. The difference is that men can fully satisfy this want with mainstream commercial pornography and women cannot. Women have developed their own consumer pornography (slash) in response. This post was meant to compare and contrast the two, and I think it did a good job of that.
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Date:January 31st, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your thoughts. That's a good bulleted summary and interesting thoughts on how production and availability of material play into the decision.
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