HIV, in fanfic and in real life - Mo's Journal
HIV, in fanfic and in real life|
|Date:||June 24th, 2005 09:58 am (UTC)|| |
here via metafandom...
my primary fandom is Velvet Goldmine, and most of what I write takes place in New York, 1984. I don't really write explicit sex scenes, but I do tend to bring up HIV quite a bit, just in reference to how it changed the characters' lives: watching friends get sick, the terror of not knowing what it was, etc etc. In Velvet Goldmine, at least, I think AIDS is an awfully relevant issue (certainly it's been a pet issue for the director, Todd Haynes, for a very long time), and I always really appreciate when writers in that fandom mention it. I always notice and am happy whenever a writer puts condoms into a VG fic. In certain fandoms, it wouldn't mean quite so much to me: if you want to write about Angel and Spike getting it on, there isn't much of a reason for them to be using a condom. Or fics that are set prior to the late seventies--when condom use in m/m sex was not exactly the norm. But I certainly think it's an important issue and one that should come up more often in fandom. However, I think it's just not terrifically sexy to talk about AIDS with your OTP--so people just pretend it isn't there. Not good.
|Date:||June 24th, 2005 10:56 am (UTC)|| |
I don't know Velvet Goldmine but having lived in NY in 1984 I can vouch for AIDS having been a big issue here by then. We, along with SF, were a center of the epidemic.
However, I think it's just not terrifically sexy to talk about AIDS with your OTP--so people just pretend it isn't there.
Thanks. That's a very interesting thought. I hadn't considered it that way. Maybe because I just don't get the whole OTP thing. But I bet you're right that that's a factor for some.
Thanks for stopping in!