What troubles me about this article is that I don’t think that m/m slash and femslash can truly be compared.
As I mention in my paper, m/m slash is primarily written by women who are attracted to men. M/M slash is serving an entirely different exigence to femslash.
If I had to hazard, without research, I’d have to guess that it’s a place to explore sexual objectification, in much the same way men watch lesbian porn.
Which there’s nothing wrong with objectifying characters for the purposes of pornography and I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise.
But it isn’t actually forming their social identity.
There can’t be a war between slash and femslash because femslash isn’t supposed to be part of a conflict; it functions more as a ceasefire to pre-existing internalized conflicts.
(Here is a link to my paper, as well: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1999236)
When Ash was first launched here in the UK, I went to a ‘meet and greet’ with a large selection of booksellers. Now these were invited to HarperCollins HQ, so were the chosen few.
I waltzed around the room, telling them how excited I was that Ash was coming out, how it delved into mythology, history and just EPIC heroicness.
Then I met a bookseller who nodded politely then said:
“I can’t see the point stocking it. We’ve no Indians in our town.”
Well, I doubt she had any hobbits either but I bet she sold a few copies of The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings in her shop.
sarah paulson switching the name cards so tatiana could sit next to her
I mean, who wouldn’t?
|Patriarchy:||Well you're probably ugly then|
|Patriarchy:||You mean unattractive right?|
|Woman:||I have all these incredible accomplishments|
|Patriarchy:||Yeah but look how ugly you looked doing them|
|Woman:||I have value|
|Patriarchy:||Not if you're ugly lol|
|Woman:||I'm conventionally-attractive & posted selfies on my blog|
|Patriarchy:||I'm so sick of these empty-headed chicks only caring about their looks. Just because you are attractive and get attention from men doesn't mean you are special or deserve respect. Why don't you read a book or do something productive with your life you dumb slut|
|OUAT:||We shall not utter the ship-that-must-not-be—|
|Chloe Bennet:||HI EVERYONE I SHIP SKIMMONS. SKIMMONS EVERYWHERE.|
|OUAT:||...as we were saying no one mention that lesbian ship that makes us all so uncomf—|
|Chloe Bennet:||AND YOU GET A SKIMMONS AND YOU GET A SKIMMONS AND EVERYONE SHIP SKIMMONS|
|OUAT:||Maybe we're doing something wrong...|
|OUAT:||NAH. Let's ignore the queers, they'll go away|
Congress is what happens when you put white people in charge.
And Africa is what happens when you put black people in charge.