IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN FOLKS!
The beneficent wonderful straight people are here to save us poor queers from those mean nasty slashers using us for their pervy othering desires. (And / or the wrong "kind" of slasher. The kind with fewer enlightened trappings of guilt. Hey look guys! It's our straight slasher savior!)
Everyone thank the straight people. Awww.
But oh! Wait!
Some of those mean nasty slashers, no wait, a LOT of those mean nasty slashers are queer too! HOLD THE PHONE!
I'm a lesbian. I always would have been no matter what
I read. I'm not secretly a straight girl saying this for indie cred / oppression olympics points. I am the real freaking deal. And I'm not alone. We're here, we exist and there are a hell of a lot of us. You may not realize that the fan you're talking to is L/G/B/T or Q, but when you talk about slash fanfiction writing fans as straight women - usually right before saying something moderately to severely insulting about us - you're erasing us. You're telling us we don't matter in the service of making your little crusade to "benefit" us. WHOOP DE FREAKING DO. I feel so protected!
Is some slash fanfiction written by straight people creepy and exploitative, or at the very least kind of hinky? Sure. Do some non-straight people feel skeeved or exploited by it? I wouldn't be surprised, and I'm sure their thoughts are interesting and valid.
But so are the opinions and feelings of the L/G/B/T and Q people actually in slash fandom. Like me. And look at your fic comms, look at your f-lists. We're here
. Don't ignore us or pretend we don't exist or are somehow unimportant if you're really as interested in the feelings of the non-straight as you claim.
Would I still be a lesbian without slash? Hell yes. I'd just have spent my late teen years a hell of a lot more confused and alone. I like reimagining the fictional world as being as gay as the real one I live in. I like having thousands and thousands of wonderful, creative, interesting writers to help me do it. And it doesn't bother me that a large percentage of them are straight any more than it bothers me to watch straight musicals written by gay people. That's just me.
Some people who are being a lot more articulate than I'm feeling have some interesting things to say on the subject, and some interesting comment threads too, so I'll just go and redirect you there. Over to you, Fairestcat
. Disclaimer: I do not know them from Adam, I do not claim to, but these two posts are pretty smart.