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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 01:21 pm (UTC)
When I was in college I discovered gay erotica as a junior (this was early 2001). I thought I was the only woman to read such stuff, but somehow it came up in conversation and my wonderful female friends told me that there were millions of women who preferred to read about gay male sex instead of straight sex. I felt vindicated and like I wasn't alone in the world.

This was before I knew anything about fandom and was instead trolling websites like www.nifty.org, which has as much horrible writing on it as FF.net does for fandom!
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Date:January 31st, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
As I said elsewhere I'm certainly not saying that pseudo-lesbian porn and slash are analogous, and in fact this post is mostly about differences. The reason I'm comparing them is that when first introduced to slash it's the comparison that occurred to me, and it's the comparison that one hears a lot, and I thought it worth exploring the ways they are the same or different.

As to a true analog to slash among straight male culture or a true analog to pseudo-lesbian porn among women, I think there just isn't one and it's largely because of the social gender differences discussed here (both in the post an in comments) that there isn't.
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