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

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From:pinkdormouse
Date:June 23rd, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
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Here via metafandom, and I'm coming from a similar position to you. I said a lot of it on my own LJ last year.

I'm writing more original fiction than fanfic these days, and I never wrote that many explicit sex scenes anyway, but I never really understood why other authors have such a problem mentioning that safe sex happens. I'm currently fading-to-black on the first sex scene of the Chapter-in-Progress, but then the next scene opens with the hero fumbling for his watch, knocking a condom wrapper on the floor and reminding himself to hunt it down before he leaves the room. Because

It was one thing to leave such items for scouts to clear up, quite another to leave them lying where one’s girlfriend’s parents might see.

(Scouts being what those Oxford academic types call the college cleaners). I'm still not 100% convinced by the wording of that line, but I need the sentiment in there as it's going to be relevant later.

And now back to the next scene where the hero's gf asks him what he ever saw in his evil ex-bf.

Interesting range of comments you got here, by the way. Some similar, some different to those I got last year.

Gina

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From:mofic
Date:June 23rd, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
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Interesting range of comments you got here, by the way. Some similar, some different to those I got last year.

Yes, it's been interesting here and in your lj post, which I just read. Thanks for the link.

I noticed yours had a discussion of safer sex in femslash, with a comment about dental dams not getting mentioned much. OTOH, I don't think they got used much irl, either, but that's a different story...
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