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Discussion past its sell-by date, I know, but since the question was asked...
Since there has been a complaint that the silence on the side of slash-defenders regarding the following issue has been deafening, I feel I must address it.

ginmar said: I'm still waiting for some slasher to point out that not liking slash doesn't make you homophobic or repressed.

Dear World:

Not liking slash does not make you homophobic or repressed. 1

For additional deafening silence, please see:

ObDisclaimer: This is intended for those who identified as "anti-slash". This is not meant for those who simply do not like slash, or those who prefer het/gen as a general rule. Y'all are fine and don't need to worry. We like you, promise. ~thebratqueen

(Which also contains the gem "Yeah, sure, sometimes you get accused of homophobia. And I agree that sometimes that's not correct. It's not necessarily homophobic to say that you don't like slash. However if the way you choose to phrase that dislike uses terms that were last seen acting as adjectives inside of SARS-related news stories maybe you need to rethink your terminology.")

ETA - and in the comments: It's also something of an offshoot of the knee-jerk "You don't like slash, therefore you're a homophobe!" reaction that some slash fans give. In my ideal world both sides would back down and we'd all proceed without having to flash some credentials."


Please note, not enjoying, not being interested in, or just not caring about slash does not make anyone homophobic. ~kita0610

For a thoughtful and calm examination of why the suspicion of homophobia tends to arise in some cases, feel free to enjoy eliade's post on the subject which begins "There's a reason that people who persistently challenge slash are often called homophobic; it's because slash is for many people a form of sexual orientation, and it can often feel as if you're at a party with your fabulous gay lover and some strange woman comes up to you and says, 'I'm not homophobic, but I'm really curious why you feel the need to express your sexuality with another woman and do odd things to her with strap-ons. What's that about? It's not the normal sort of thing to do.' Most of the time, that question is just disingenuous and annoying."

1Seriously. Non-sarcastically, despite surrounding facetiousness.


2003-09-02 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Just a stranger busting in with a question regarding this:

ginmar said: I'm still waiting for some slasher to point out that not liking slash doesn't make you homophobic or repressed.

Why should the slashers point that out? Since when are they obligated to pet non-slash readers and tell them it's okay if they don't enjoy the hothotmanlove? Seriously, I don't expect a romance fit writer to point out that not liking romance fic doesn't make me afraid of/disgusted by the concept of romantic love.


2003-09-02 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)

I think what's meant is specifically slash-fans who are arguing with 'anti-slashers' or people who state that they don't like slash. So I'd say it's not as invalid a question as it would be if she'd said "all slashers" which she didn't.

I still think it's not the responsibility of people who *aren't* screaming "homophobic" to write essays about why the people who are, should stop, though. Especially since I've yet to see any statistically large group of slashers who are doing that, nor have I seen widespread complaints that it's happening. So what perceived injustice on the part of our fellow slash fans are we supposed to be reacting to?