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What Does It Mean to Say that Slash is (or isn't) Subversive? - Mo's Journal
January 22nd, 2007
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What Does It Mean to Say that Slash is (or isn't) Subversive?

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Date:January 23rd, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
I won't beat you about the head and shoulders - or anywhere else. I'm not a beat-about-the-head-and-shoulders type.

I wasn't actually expressing an opinion that slash as a genre is subversive. I think it sometimes is and sometimes isn't. What I wanted to know was for that subset that someone thinks is subversive, what do you think it subverts? Because prior to this discussion I saw in lemurgrrrl's journal, I really thought the answer for everyone was "presumptions of heterosexuality" or some variation thereof. But what I saw in the aforementioned discussion was people talking about slash as subversive or transgressive when it subverted authorial intent, which I think would be true of fanfic in general.

Anyway, I will know a little more about poll construction for the next one.
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Date:January 23rd, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
My sense of what's subversive about slash is the subversion of canon or authorial control. The second, and important to me, is the reclaiming of creativity from mass-produced corporate ownership.

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Date:January 23rd, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
But do you see that kind of subversion as specific to slash, or true of fanfic in general? After all, an author's reach should exceed canon's grasp or what's a fanfic for?
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