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Confessions of a Lesbian Feminist Slasher - Mo's Journal
January 5th, 2008
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Confessions of a Lesbian Feminist Slasher

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From:mofic
Date:January 26th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Glad it resonated. I live to serve :-)

I have noticed that a lot of women in slash fandom who are living heterosexual lives (and even those who always have) do identify as bisexual. Of course being bisexual is about who you are, not what you do, and even outside of slash there are women with exclusively heterosexual experience but a bisexual identity. Yet it seems a much more common combination in fandom. I've often wondered why. I also wonder whether they so identified before they got into fandom. Any thought?
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From:whetherwoman
Date:January 26th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
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It's pretty easy for me to think that enjoying gay fanfic, especially erotica, would raise questions for any reader about their own sexuality. I mean, you read enough "Wow, I thought we were friends but really I wanted to do him all along!" and you've got to start to think about your own life, you know? ;)

At the same time, it's pretty likely that people who are already relatively openminded about their own sexuality find slash more attractive. So I don't know...

Oh, and also there's the whole... just spending time with your own sexuality, spending time thinking about what you find sexy and what you don't. That's been one of fanfic's big effects on me personally, I think. Regardless of what you identify as, that's got to have some effect on how you experience your sexuality.
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From:mofic
Date:January 27th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
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I mean, you read enough "Wow, I thought we were friends but really I wanted to do him all along!" and you've got to start to think about your own life, you know? ;)


LOL! That's a good point.

As is your other point, that reading and writing sexually oriented material makes you think about your own sexuality.
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