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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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From:littleroo27
Date:January 31st, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
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I think you brought up a lot of interesting points. Whenever I've told anyone about the existence of slash or if someone mentions it and is confused by it, I have said "well, a lot of men like watching women together, so what's the difference if women want to watch or read about men together?"

When I said this at a table including my dad, step-mom and some of her female friends, they were like "no, ew" but people in a group will often react differently than how they really feel. I've told people that I think I'm a gay man in a bisexual woman's body, lol. I think my ideal partner in life would be a bisexual man because we could oggle the cute gay boys together.

As for slash not always being sexual, you are so right. I'm on a medication that has taken away a large portion of my sex drive. While I do still read PWP from time to time, these days I focus on long plotty fic. I've even been known to scroll PAST the sex scenes to get back to the plot! I love reading about two men in love. I really couldn't tell you what the difference is between reading slash plot and het plot, but it just seems like if I want to read about het plot, I'll go to the local book store and pick up one of the millions of M/F books with a romantic thread in it. Finding the equivalent with two male characters is damn hard to do. So far I've read four books of that nature, and three of them were a trilogy!
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From:mofic
Date:January 31st, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
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What books have you read? Certainly gay lit is a big category. Of course similarities and differences between slash fiction and mainstream published fiction is yet another fertile area for discussion.
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From:littleroo27
Date:January 31st, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
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The Last Herald Mage Trilogy: Magic's Pawn; Magic's Promise; Magic's Price
by Mercedes Lackey

I tried checking my journal archive for the other book, but I simply cannot remember what it's called. Unfortunately, my books are still packed in boxes :(

All I know is that it had a man's torso on the front with a shirt and tie. Each chapter was from a different person's POV, but the main story line was a gay teacher at an all boy's school who was more or less seduced by one of his 15 year old students. The headmaster is a closet case. It's really quite the read of how their lives go from really well organized to completely in shambles.
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From:mofic
Date:January 31st, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Re: the Mercedes Lackey books - interesting that the ones you liked so much are written by a woman. Have you read The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren? Another books about gay male love written by a lesbian and it's quite popular ime with slashers. And on the theme of lesbian pro-writers who write about gay men, there's also Mary Renault's historical fiction, most of which have gay men in them, as well as her contemporary (well, when she wrote it it was set in contemporary times) novel The Charioteer.

You also might want to check out some gay male writers. David Leavitt and Armisted Maupin are a good place to start.
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From:littleroo27
Date:February 1st, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
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the one that I can't remember was written by a man. Not that it helps me remember the title!!!

Thanks for the recs. I'll have to check those out!
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