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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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From:mofic
Date:January 23rd, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
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Heh. My latest chapter got an "ewwwwwwwwwww - het kissing!" comment.

I know! How do you feel about that? I don't know who it was that said that, but I personally find it pretty disturbing when women talk about not wanting to see women sexually engaging in fanfic because they find it gross.

If you are writing fic "realistically" (you know, "realistic" optic-blasting mutants), then sexuality begins to behave in the confusing ways it does in real life and there is also a larger amount of heterosexuality around.

LOL! One of the problems with talking about this stuff in depth is you can sound like you take yourself too seriously, like you're not aware of the humorous implications or of the fact that this really is at base a hobby. I do want to do a "What I Learned" post about this poll and talk about some of my ideas about slash theory, but I don't want to come off sounding pompous or as if I believe we change the world through slash. And at this point as you're asking "When is mofic going to get to the point?" I will say that one thing that always brings me back to realizing how ridiculous - on some level - all this discussion is is my insistence on "realism." It's very important to me - both as a reader and a writer - that the real world details be accurate. I think it's a kind of overarching realism that makes me as a reader (and writer, for that matter) believe in the outlandish comic-book world of the X-Men. OTOH, I really am aware that there's something bordering on the absurd in stamping my foot and insisting on realism when what I'm doing is writing stories about a guy who can kill people with his eyes.

And yes, I am trying for a story line and a relationship between the characters and between each of them and society that subverts in both those ways you describe. At the same time, I'm also trying to reflect the subversive elements of change from within that so many of us are living when we live openly queer lives yet conform to societal norms in lots of other ways (conventional jobs, raise children, community involvement).

Okay, and now I sound like I'm taking myself too seriously again, so I will remind myself (and you) that I really do know that optic blasts (which I cheerfully accept as real) are much less realistic than someone coming from Westchester to NYC and ending up in Penn Station instead of Grand Central (which would make me stop reading in disgust).

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From:talktooloose
Date:January 23rd, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
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..much less realistic than someone coming from Westchester to NYC and ending up in Penn Station instead of Grand Central (which would make me stop reading in disgust).

Wait, what if that was their mutant power?


Regarding Saturday: Thanks for the research. I am up for a photo gallery visit and then tea and chat with you. I will look over the two galleries mentioned in your letter. Free is good, but I don't mind something that costs but not too much (as opposed to MOMA).
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