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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 24th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
I actually don't think of slash as being all that subversive (well, beyond the general subversiveness inherent in writing fanfic at all rather than being a passive media consumer). It might be culturally subversive to the extent that homosexuality is still viewed as unacceptable by a wide segement of society, but I don't see it as a deliberate attempt to subvert the text.

When I write slash, just as when I write het or gen, I do it because I like the dynamic between a certain pair of characters, regardless of their gender. It's more of an attempt to celebrate or explore the text, or to rework it, than to deliberately violate the author's original intent (which I usually don't really care about all that much). Then again, I'm one of those fans who equates slash with same-sex relationships in general rather than just with non-canonical same-sex relationships--some of the slash I've written has been about canon couples.

Of course, it may be that, being bisexual, I tend to view all characters as potentially bisexual anyway, and don't see m/m or f/f relationships as all that different from m/f ones, and therefore just don't think of gay sex as all that inherently subversive. Sex is sex, and romance is romance.
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