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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:(Anonymous)
Date:March 14th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
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Hi, I just came by this article, and I don't know if you are still reading comments, but I wanted to let you know I appreciated reading this. I have been reading slash fiction for close to 4 years (mainly in the HP fandom) and though I have perceived it as a positive thing, I lately have become more uneasy with some aspects of slash. First, although so many of us in the fandom are women, the work itself sometimes seems to constitute an erasure of women characters altogether and also of female sexuality. Second, the sexual objectification of gay men by women, and often straight-identified women, seems a bit exploitative in some way I can't fully articulate. I still very much enjoy slash, but lately feel uneasy about it and that it might actually be in conflict with feminist desires to counter the invisibility of women and not be exploitative.

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From:mofic
Date:March 14th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Hi, thanks for commenting. I think you raise some important issues.

I think slash covers a lot and people go into it for a variety of reasons. I do think that slash can be a little creepy in an exploitative way, when straight women fixate on homoeroticism between men for sexual purposes while not having an understanding or appreciation of the lives and the culture of real gay people. I've been disturbed by women who view slash as their "naughty secret" while they either oppose or don't vocally support equal rights for gay men and lesbians. And I do think that for some women slash is a way of erasing women, as you say. But I don't think it has to be like that and for many - I dare say most - of us, it's not.

I wrote another essay on how slash is similar to and different from pseudo-lesbian porn produced for straight men, which relates a bit to this. If you're interested, it's at http://mofic.livejournal.com/117031.html
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