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January 5th, 2008
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Confessions of a Lesbian Feminist Slasher

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From:emily_shore
Date:January 7th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)

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I was wondering about this too.

It’s a fictional appropriation of male sexuality for women’s enjoyment, and as such it presents a feminist form of sexual material.

Does that make femslash not feminist? Or at least not feminist in the same unproblematic way that guyslash is claimed to be? It is a fascinating essay, but it does make me wonder how much of it is true for slash as a generic genre (as in same-sex fanfic about either gender) and how much is true only of guyslash.
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From:mofic
Date:January 7th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)

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As I said in the response to the above comment, I think it does apply equally to femmeslash except then obviously I'd just say that "it is a fictional treatment of lesbian sexuality for women's enjoyment."

I have a few reasons that I prefer to write m/m slash, but I am certainly a consumer of lesbian erotica.
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From:emily_shore
Date:January 7th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)

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Makes sense. I am always a bit confused when I read the term "slash" as to how inclusive it's meant to me. Thanks for clarifying.
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From:mofic
Date:January 7th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)

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Makes sense. I am always a bit confused when I read the term "slash" as to how inclusive it's meant to be.


Words are slippery things :-). I defined it in the article the way I use it, and I think it's kind of the classic definition: male characters who are presented as heterosexual in the source text or who are presumed to be heterosexual are shown in the fic to be having a sexual and/or romantic relationship with each other. But I know many people do use "slash" to include f/f pairings (which I'd call "femmeslash") and to include m/m or f/f pairings with canonical basis or where the characters are lesbigay in canon. And some even use it to mean any non-canonical pairing, even heterosexual ones. So I understand and appreciate your confusion.
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