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Sacha Goldberg's "...collection demonstrates the use of 17 century techniques counterpointing light and shadow to illustrate nobility and fragility of the super powerful of all times..."


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I see that while Bug and I were away from fandom, there was a lot of meta on slash/gays/cultural-appropriation. It's interesting to me because in the past when the topic came up, I argued that slash more often than not, appropriates queer experience. Now, I've changed my mind pretty much completely. That's not to say that I think appropriation never occurs in slash. If the author journals about how slash is hot because homosexuality is a sin, or if their response to "gays wouldn't say/do xyz" is essentially "I have more gay friends than you, and they say I'm right, so Nnnnnyyaaaa!", then I think it is right to call them on it. Most of the time though, I think slash is like Schrodinger's cat... it has both everything and nothing to do with the queer experience; like an individual's gender and sexual identity, it is impossible to know until the author explicitly tells us, and even then, it might change.

A common proof of appropriation that I have seen is that slash fic is often unrealistic ("gay sex doesn't work that way!", "real gays wouldn't say/do that!", etc.). This is an unfair judgment. Not only because it ignores the motives behind the writing style, but because it assumes the hetero default, and may be forcing the wrong gender and sexual identity onto the author. Queer experience can vary greatly, and even when it doesn't, authors can have equally valid reasons to want to explore, or avoid, a particular experience. For example, hospitals and St Mungos are not uncommonly visited in Snarry fics, but whether it is Snape or Harry who is the patient, the other rarely has any trouble visiting or making health care decisions. This could reveal a straight fan's lack of awareness or lack of concern about the discrimination queers face in hospitals. But it just as easily could be something a queer person would write....

For the past couple of years, Bugland and I have been in and out of hospitals. Because of my transsexuality, we have navigated the same hospital settings being perceived as a queer couple, and at others times as a straight couple. Despite anti-discrimination laws and being in a "blue state", we are still treated very differently depending on how we are seen. A close friend we met through fandom, and who is also queer, seemed surprised by our experiences. He has yet to be in the situation of being in a committed relationship, perceived as gay, and needing emergency care. If he wrote slash fic that involved a hospital visit, his lack of experience would likely be reflected in his writing, but that lack of experience in no way invalidates his queer identity. Likewise, Bugland and I may write Snape and Harry being treated no differently than a couple perceived as heterosexual, because we need an escape from the reality we frequently deal with.

When it comes to slash, I have come to prefer the assumption that the creator is making a valid expression of their own sexual identity, rather than appropriating gay culture, unless they explicitly reveal otherwise. A queer fan might slash because queer characters are sadly lacking in mainstream media and they want to see more characters like themselves; a straight female fan might slash because she wants to celebrate her own sexuality in a way that the mainstream media's "male gaze" denies her. While their reasons may seem different, I believe that both groups are essentially doing the same thing: responding to how their marginalisation is revealed in mainstream media, and accusations of appropriation based on generalisations about slash and its writers misses this point.



And now, to brave the vast snow drifts to buy poor bug more broth and jello and then hopefully to write a bit.
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Well! I totally expected to get some negative feedback in addition to positive feedback on my last post. I didn't expect it to get ranted over in other journals though. 

I have made the following update to the last post with the (very NSFW) art:

ETA: based on some people's reactions if you find the depiction of rape fantasy triggery you probably want to avoid this image. (I'm sorry that I did not realise my original warnings/wordings were not clear enough for some people).

ETA 2:
I was initially uncomfortable about posting this- about how people interpret it- because it is featuring subjects that I'm pretty sensitive about the portrayal of (for those who don't know me, I am in a nutshell; bi, trans, and crossdress (not for kink)...). There is nothing wrong or shameful about homosexuality, with trans*ness, with gender bending etc.. The "shame" I see in the image, is the fictional-ogi's internalised shame at what culture has taught him to believe about his own fluid sexual nature, ignored by favouring strict evolutionary biology interpretations; those shoved down desires come through in an unusual fantasy. My thoughts about this aside, I cannot control how others interpret it- a writer/artist must at some point let go, and I'm doing so now - I might clarify a very specific question directed to me here and there, but I'm not going to go thru replying/debating with those who comment. At a certain point, the creator is dead and all. But discussion in comments between others is still welcomed.

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In response to the recent SurveyFail (see http://fanlore.org/wiki/SurveyFail for context )....

NOT SAFE FOR WORK

Pairing: Ogi/Sai :

Content/Warning(s): RPS, exhibitionism, cross dressing, tentacle porn, rape-fantasy

ETA:  if you find the depiction of rape fantasy triggery you probably want to avoid this image (I'm sorry that I did not realise my original warnings/wordings were not clear enough for some).

ETA 2: I was initially uncomfortable about posting this- about how people interpret it- because it is featuring subjects that I'm pretty sensitive about the portrayal of (for those who don't know me, I am in a nutshell: bisexual, a post-op transsexual/intersexed, and I sometimes crossdress (not for kink)...). There is nothing wrong or shameful about homosexuality, with trans*ness, with gender bending etc..   This is something I normally wouldn't create (the RPS, the cross-dressing in this type of situation/pose, etc), yet in this one particular situation it seemed the best way to try expressing my thoughts/feelings I had to this situation.  I was initially pretty upset, like a lot of fen! once i knew what I was going to draw though that faded. The very last thing i worked on was the handwritten answer, and I felt sad when writing it, like I was writing the end of an unrequited love fic.

I replied a little more in comments, and wrote a follow up post about some of the responses this art received over here:  alchemia.dreamwidth.org/11383.html (LJ x-post: alchemia.livejournal.com/409840.html).  But at a certain point, the author is dead- I can't tell people what to think. People will and should have their own interpretations and feelings.  Speaking of which, some responses have been posted elsewhere, with some good discussion (and this makes me happy):

Pro: http://legionseagle.dreamwidth.org/9176.html :: http://darkrose.dreamwidth.org/23201.html :: http://cesare.dreamwidth.org/25294.html :: http://ithiliana.livejournal.com/1126645.html :: http://elf.dreamwidth.org/268699.html :: http://kanata.dreamwidth.org/85381.html :: http://anatsuno.dreamwidth.org/29416.html ::  http://acrimonyastraea.livejournal.com/9543.html  Con: http://sohotrightnow.dreamwidth.org/266984.html :: http://zvi.dreamwidth.org/549449.html :: http://seperis.livejournal.com/758636.html  and more responses, both pro and con can be found via these links, and in the FanLore article linked to up above.

ETA 3: For those that do not know, Dr Ogi has been a contestant on multiple game shops.  My fanart is manipulated, in part, from his appearance on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.  I would not have included exhibitionism as part of this work, if he did not have a history of television appearances, both game shows and talk shows (to promote his book etc).    I also wouldn't have made RP-art of him in the first place, if he wasn't already in the public eye.

ETA 4: when making this i knew nothing of the two people's ethnic backgrounds.  Ogi is human because there are photos of him in the public sphere on gameshows that come up right away when i did a search at the time.  Sai was the tentical creature (which i agree after feedback would have been better than 'monster', the two words were just the default link from past times i encountered tentical creature pr0n.  As Sai was not  on tv game shows, making himself out as a mini celebrity, it felt inappropiate to put him in the role I put Ogi in.  i'd never consider 'realpeople' fic or art showing the face of detailed human description of someone who did not glory in being in the public eye.  any race issues were coincidental.)

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Dr Ogi hestitated before answering the survey question about which slashy fan-fic story he would most like to live out.

"That one where Sai was the show host and he turned into a tentacle monster..."


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thumbnailThe HPSLASHNOTSMUT reveal for round 5 is up!  It's a great fest, check the entries out!  I'm so sadly behind in doing so myself.

I made art for [personal profile] hpsauce who asked for a Marauder pairing, such as Remus/Sirius and some of the elements desired were: boys being boyish & friendship. Well, what boys don't like doing things that get them a little dirty? Particularily when one is sometimes a dog?

Linky: http://community.livejournal.com/hpslashnotsmut/60090.html

A much larger copy ( 2061x1467 ) is in my gallery here: http://fithfath.com/fanwork/main.php?g2_itemId=142&g2_imageViewsIndex=1

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