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June 21st, 2005
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HIV, in fanfic and in real life

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Date:June 23rd, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
I primarily read and write in HP fandom, so I find condoms in fics annoying as fuck unless the character is Muggle-born; it usually denotes that the author is being preachy, since they really don't have any place in the wizarding world being that there are almost certainly other methods of preventing disease and pregnancy.

In modern-day, real world fandoms, it makes more sense to portray characters who are sensible and cautious and responsible in other ways being the same way about sex, and characters who are not responsible being irresponsible like always. I hate 'issue fics'. I want to see the characters remain true to themselves, not used to convey an authorial message about a subject that is a Serious Issue and not the sort of thing that comes up in their daily lives.
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Date:June 23rd, 2005 10:42 am (UTC)
I want to see the characters remain true to themselves

I think it's interesting that I find safer sex makes the sex scene feel more realistic in my fandom, but introducing safer sex can sometimes feel less real in yours. In mine, it's very tied to the world we know. As you point out, in HP fandom, magical people practicing safer sex can make the Muggle (real) world intrude on fantasy people - in an unrealistic way.

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