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Oct. 24th, 2012

DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!

Today's post is yet another semi-political rant, but it's quite a bit less serious than the last few. If anyone actually thinks this is a pressing issue, then I honestly don't know what to say to them other than that their priorities are kind of messed up. Fuck the economy, we've got PEOPLE WHO SHIP THINGS I DON'T LIKE to deal with!

Apparently, your shipping preferences are political now. If you prefer slash to het or femslash, you're a tool of the patriarchy and a misogynist and probably also homophobic.

I recently read an article written by a woman who claims that anyone who writes and reads slash fanfiction is misogynist, furthering the patriarchy, and also probably homophobic. Her rationale for this? Well, the misogynist thing she gave a few weak-ass examples of fan writers erasing women from the equation. Which, okay, fine, might happen sometimes. But that is an awfully broad brush you're painting with there. In fact, I don't think it's a brush at all anymore, it's more of a paint roller. Okay, so a couple of nearly decade-old Harry Potter fanfics demonized Ginny to make room for Harry/Draco. Have you read all the fanfiction ever? If not, how are you able to make the judgment that every single slash fic is like this? I'm sure there are some that are. I've even seen some myself. But to go from “some slash fics are offensive” to “every single slash fic in the history of the universe is offensive” is a hell of a logical leap.

As for the whole “slash fic is homophobic” thing, there was no evidence for this other than “cuz I said so!” I do not doubt that it is the case with some stories, but again, how can you state that every single story is like that?

Oh man, I really wish I could give a link for this, the article and its comments section were like a buffet of WTF. Unfortunately Firefox crashed and purged my browsing history and I've been unable to find the article again. If I do I will update this post accordingly.

Jun. 26th, 2012

Fic Rec #18: Epic Slash Time

Holy shit, two themed recs in a row! Although, that was sort of accidental. As I was going through the fics I liked enough to want to rec, I realized that 99.5% of them were ponies or slash, and because last month had a plethora of pony, I decided to just bite the bullet and do a themed list two months in a row. All things considered, though, this will probably be the last one for this year until December, when I’ll do the Christmas-themed rec, unless the mood strikes me enough to do another specialized rec. Anything is possible, after all. But I swear, next month, we’ll be back to normal, with a multi-fandom/multi-genre rec.

Oneshots/Twoshots

Temptation
Fandom: Star Trek Reboot
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult

Ah, medications. Can't live with them, literally can't live without them, although sometimes death might be preferable to living with the side effects. But why is it that I never get meds with the fun side effects, just the ones that make me throw up and mess with my vision? Although I'm not sure I'd want this effect either... basically, Jim accidentally doses himself with a special kind of medicine. Sex ensues. Pretty much nothing but porn, with an entertaining twist at the end.

Sweet Dreams are Made of This
Fandom: The Lorax
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult
Notes: Violence, dubious consent

Um… yeah. I really fought with myself over whether or not I was going to include this one, because it’s Rule 34 of a Dr. Seuss character. Yeah, even my shriveled, corrupted moral compass woke up and went “really Kaboom? You’re going there?” But fuck it, yes I am, and I will go down with this ship. Ever since that movie came out in March, my tumblr account has been flooded with something called “oncest” which at first I thought was a really whack typo. But no, it’s just Rule 34 in action. And apparently when you only have one attractive male character in a movie, that doesn’t stop the slashers- just pair him with himself! Although it does bring up the age-old question- if you fuck yourself, is it gay or is it masturbation. (And no, I don’t know if that’s actually an age-old question, although it is one of the great mysteries of the universe I’ve found myself pondering in the middle of boring lectures).

Desiderata
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult
Notes: Could be read as dubious consent

I have been somewhat hesitant to get into the Avengers fandom, because there’s a fuckton of backstory to it- not only is there movies, there’s also decades of backstory on every character in the comic books, and I really do not have the time, energy, or money to go hunting down the comic books, even though I know a few people who could probably help me out. But after I ditched work to go see the movie, I’ve been drawn toward fic for it, and this one definitely doesn’t disappoint. While the pairing at first made no sense (Tony/Loki), as I read the story I found that it really grew on me, and I’m always a sucker for the old “got blasted with medication/love spell/sex pollen/whatever” trope that leads to slash. This fic is extremely long, over 30k words, so make sure you have plenty of time before you start reading this one. I made the mistake of reading it during finals week. Yeah. That went well.

Conference Call
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Slash
Rating: R

Oh lord. I don’t want to say too much about this absolutely hilarious fic because it’s very short and it would give it away, but suffice to say that when you call someone to engage in phone sex, you might want to make sure it’s actually them on the other end of the line. Oh, and that it’s not on speakerphone.

Drunken Fumblings
Fandom: Futurama
Category: Slash
Rating: NC-17/R18/Adult
Notes: Non-con

This is one of those rare explicit stories that isn’t meant to turn the reader on or serve as fap material. Instead, it’s a dark, twisted, honestly quite disturbing look at Zapp Branigan’s character- what makes him so desperate to be with Leela, and what happens when he finally realizes that he will never be able to be with her? Coming to a realization that he’s nearly impotent, he decides to take advantage of a very drunk Fry to help reaffirm himself. Although the sex scene is explicit, it’s really not sexy. It’s very jarring, very disturbing, and one of the best explorations of Zapp Branigan’s character that I’ve ever seen.

Multi-Chaptered Fics

Off the Record
Fandom: The Avengers
Category: Slash
Rating: R
Completion Status: 8 chapters, in progress

I’m ashamed to admit it, but I was something of a fandom hipster when I first heard about this story. It is one of the top stories on AO3 for all time (of ALL TIME!), and I put off reading it for a long time, thinking “meh, I’ll read it whenever, it’s probably just one of those things.” But then a person whose writing I greatly respect yelled at me for not having read it yet, so I went and downloaded the file to my iPod so I could read it at work. I’m so glad I did. This fic has it all- humor, crack, serious business, drama, even more serious business… I honestly cannot recommend this highly enough. Go read it. Now.

Want To Be Yours
Fandom: Harry Potter
Category: Slash
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 13 chapters, completed

I really love this author’s Harry Potter fics. She can make even the most ridiculous pairings worth reading, the craziest premises make sense, and original characters that you come to care about just as much as the canon characters. Once again, she’s written a second-generation pairing (ASP/SM) that while I don’t usually ship it, find worth reading. I also like the het original pairing in the story- the sociopathic genius with a sweet tooth is hilarious, as is Rose Weasely talking to books.