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No. I lie. I read wank, laugh awkwardly, and then shamelessly keep tabs on it so I know how it ends. It's like a bad soap opera, or perhaps a train wreck. Anyway, I don't like wank, but I'm interested in it. I'd like to say it's a professional interest, but the truth of the matter is... I'm really nosy.

So. Wank. On a forum I frequent, someone posted a very wanky post. It was startling because the poster did not, and still does not, appear to be a troll. He (I make leaps with this assumption, but I'm sticking to my guns and saying he's a he) was commenting on a thread about Super Xander fics and misogyny... which was really just a gambit for discussion, not wankery.

Most of the entry is okay, but the part that floors me is this little gem of wisdom: "It's these same reasons that cause straight female teenagers to write maleslash fics when in reality they have absolutelly no logical reason to even spit on the direction of said genre. Why is a large portion of the maleslash-genre writers female? Usually it's because they cannot deal with the fact that their crush, either a fictional malecharacter that is not real or the actor of said character would not give them even a second of the day and they can't handle the fact, thus they either turn to bashing or trying to make them gay and that is usually a sign of some sort of mental illness. Because unless there's something seriously wrong with a person, a woman, either gay, straight or bi would not in anyway find male to male sex interesting and there for would have no reason to read about it or write it herself."

The bolded bit annoyed me the most. But, as much as I'd like to say I immediately roared out my straight, female, slash-writing, mentally ill outrage, I am a goddamn dork, because all I thought was, "Well. Somebody's been reading an outdated DSM..."



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Jul. 14th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
That infuriates me. I recently saw a similarly themed (though much, much more intelligently worded) comment on AfterElton about the appeal of slash to the straight woman. As a straight woman who loves slash, it makes me feel frustrated and defensive and so angry to be shoved into that pigeonhole, dismissed as a silly girl who can't accept a female rival for her fictional crush. I read and write slash because it appeals to me. I like to see men in romantic relationships in pro-fic novels, movies, and real life, too. I do not at all, in any way want to be in a relationship with those men.

"Well. Somebody's been reading an outdated DSM..."

Jul. 16th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
I love wank. I've learned so much from it; one of the most important is to walk away from the key board, calm down, and don't reply to every post. Also, apologies should be heartfelt without explanations or excuses.

It's always kinda weird to me when people insist on using themselves as a filter for the attractions others feel. As though nobody else could have a different motivating drive than what this person feels about themselves.

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