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January 21st, 2007
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Circumcision in Real Life and in Slash

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From:lionessvalenti
Date:January 21st, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
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My main fandom is Rent. One of the main characters, Mark, is Jewish. So when I write anything involving Mark's penis, he's always circumcised. The little we see of his family in the show, I've always gotten the impression that they had a relaxed point of view of religious practices (at one point his mother says that their family will miss him on Christmas, something that brings up a lot of argument in the fandom), but I've never seen any reason why he wouldn't be circumcised.

Though, I will be the first person to admit that I know very little about Judaism. :)

Another one of the main characters is Roger, whose religious upbringing, or any of his upbringing, is never brought up. If it comes up in a story, I do tend to write him as uncircumcised. Why? I personally like the look of an uncircumcised penis, and when I'm writing a sex scene, I find it attractive.

And, there's also that I tend to write Roger having sex with Mark, it just brings another difference between them. Something else to show that they come from very different places, and are very different people, and, yet, here they are. It's subtle, though, and I don't always bring up whether or not they're circumcised. It often doesn't fit in with the story, but I standardly see Roger as uncircumcised, and Mark as circumcised. What the reader sees, if I don't mention it, is really up to them.
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From:mofic
Date:January 22nd, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
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That's pretty interesting. I like the idea of it being yet another difference between them. And yes, I think even very unaffiliated Jewish families usually circumcise their sons.

Oh and I love Rent (the Broadway show and the movie) but had no idea there's Rent fanfic!
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From:talktooloose
Date:January 23rd, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
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I would be intimidated to write Rent fanfic because I would feel the obligation to write songs for them in the style of Jonathan Larson!
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From:mofic
Date:January 24th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
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Oh please do!
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