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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.


2003-09-03 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think the silence is about us slashers just being bored out of our skulls from having to defend our hobby every couple of weeks. *sigh* I just addressed the issue in my own journal and as far as I can see it's the minority opinion causing a problem. Most people that don't like slash don't read slash, end of problem. People that do like slash read slash and that's that. Some people like me even -shock!- read slash, het and non-ship fics and yet I fail to understand why I'm not bursting into flame every time I log online because clearly that seems to be beyond the realms of comprehension for some people. After all, we all live in little glass pigeonholes and should never be allowed to mix with anyone that doesn't hold exactly the same opinion for this would cause mass destruction and worldwide chaos the likes of which has never been dreamed of. Traffic lights would stop working, fridges would break down, ants would grow as big as poodles and eat small birds and firemen.

It's just not right.


Am tired and not making sense. Bed? Bed.


2003-09-03 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Mini-rant only tangentially related to your hilarious comment, deleted. I *must* stop caring about this. Truly.

Bed would be nice, though you made perfect sense.


2003-09-03 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ah, but if everyone stopped caring where would be the passion in fandom? Home is where the bitchin's at. *g*

Bed would be nice, though you made perfect sense.
Really? Wow, first time for everything I guess. Making sense that is, not the bed. Making a bed? Eh. Okay now I really must sleep.

Or, I could write fic. Hmm. Necessary functional priority vs random sleep-deprived brain-farts. Is there a contest here? I do believe not. Farting it is.