|Sir Psycho Sexy (akai_senshi) wrote in slash_rants,|
@ 2007-12-12 16:57:00
|Current music:||Hurt, "10 Ton Brick"|
|Entry tags:||discussions, misogyny, rl gay|
Of Slash and Gay- Discussion.
This is the new mod here, akai_senshi, and I just want you all to consider some things.
There have been quite a few things on my mind about the nature of slash and slash fandom. A lot of GLBT individuals see fandom as a haven from heteronormativity, inasmuch as any character can be slashed. However, fandom, like real life, tends to be formed mainly of straight people, and straight people who sometimes do not care about real-life GLBT issues, but just want to have an excuse for two pretty boys/girls to fap to. Sometimes, this constituent of fandom can be homophobic. (If I had a penny for every time some rabid yaoi fanbrat called me a “faggot” for either a.) shipping something “less pretty” than their ship or b.) even DARING to be in yaoi fandom [the girls having the “no boys allowed in yaoi fandom” mentality], I could pay for my college tuition.)
The point I am getting to is this: Is slash helping to reduce heteronormativity in real life? Or does it even matter? Or is it something in between? Why is there such a struggle between non-homophobic het fen (they just prefer het, but back GLBT IRL) and a lot of slash fen? Why is this so complicated? Also of note is that many yaoi fanbrats tend to be misogynist, which could complicate things. Are they slashing men because they secretly hate themselves? Or are they emulating a popular Western stereotype about gay men?