i never understood the whole reaction towards mental illness where someone says “it’s all in your head” i feel like that statement is just as redundant as telling someone with pulmonary edema that “the fluid is all in your lungs” like yes. yeah thats exactly where it is get it out of thERe/???
The results of the Slash fandom demographic poll came out, and were a surprise to exactly fucking no one who has been involved in Slash fandom. What gets me is this: “Evidence suggests that it is worth questioning the assumption that all or most M/M fans are heterosexual…
an interesting read, and one that leaves me with a lot of questions
as the local fanlore editor and general fannish sociology nerd, i would be happy to adress some of these questions, if you’d like? (and to the extent that i can; its no good asking me about fandom back in the 70s or something; i wasn’t alive then.)
The results of the Slash fandom demographic poll came out, and were a surprise to exactly fucking no one who has been involved in Slash fandom. What gets me is this: “Evidence suggests that it is worth questioning the assumption that all or most M/M fans are heterosexual women.”
Not that the OP wrote it, but the recent idea that Slash fandom is comprised of het women, which is annoying and problematic. So I want to talk about that, and I’m going to take you all into the wayback machine with me and to give you some historical contextual understanding of the Slash fandom and its population of participants and our experiences.
Slash is not a new fucking phenomena. We can trace the roots of modern Slash back to Star Trek TOS and Kirk/Spock, which is where/when the term Slash was coined. That was MANY DECADES ago now, like over HALF A FUCKING CENTURY ago, really.
My first days in fandom were in 1996. It was a different place back then, as one would expect. The first main thing you need to understand is that every fandom was separate. Fanfiction.net was a big deal when it came into being because it was the first big multi-fandom archive, and it existed as the only large scale, majorly used, all-encompassing one until the recent advent of AO3.
So fandoms each had their own lists, boards and archives. Notice the plural there. Not only were the fandoms separate, so was content. Back in the mid 90s, the distinction between Gen, Het and Slash (and Femslash, which was becoming a major player at that point—THANKS XENA) fic was Serious Business, and in many cases they were each on different lists/boards/archives. Also, fic with explicit sex was still viewed as risque (or even crude), and often eye-rolled at because of what was a VERY VERY VERY strong community convention of canon adherence. It wasn’t uncommon for sexually explicit fic to be found on invite-only communities, or locked down with a password.
At that time, Slash was extremelycontroversial within the larger context of fandom.
it’s really strange to think think that we’re all just background characters in other people’s lives, someone they walk past while rushing to be somewhere or bump into on their way to get coffee and these people all have their own problems and insecurities and lives and we’re not part of them. i just think about that a lot.
a sitcom that slowly turns into psychological horror as the series progresses, while still keeping the low budget feel and laugh tracks and poorly timed jokes to create a contrast between the context and the characters, and to disorient the audience
This includes letting your ideas, stories and head-canons marinate in your head on a daily basis to the point of not writing any of it down because you’re either afraid of how it will turn out or too fucking lazy to write that shit down.
I play and replay entire movies of my own creation in my head. It is damn near impossible for me to get bored.
(Homestuck) Gamzee Makara is technically genderqueer, but sticks with male pronouns because the Alternian language doesn't have neutral ones. He doesn't see it as a big deal and neither do most of the other trolls, though Kanaya wishes he would stop borrowing her skirts so often.
What does Deadpool do with his money? Buy more weapons and ammo? Tacos and chimichangas? I can’t really picture him having a nice place with a bunch of expensive stuff, because lets face it with all the enemies he makes i wouldn’t put it past them to break into his house on the regular just to break his stuff. Plus he’s like always on the move doing his job.
But money is really important to him since he is a mercenary and all or else he’d just do everything for free… so what does he spend his money on?
Completely unrelated to the subject, but…
1) Even though he’s not wearing his costume, but just a bathrobe and cute slippers, Wade doesn’t remove his mask. He’s alone, in his apartment, but that’s the only thing he doesn’t take off because he’s his own hardest judge.
2) His videogame console has two controllers. Maybe when he plays multiplayer mode, he uses them both: first he takes one to do a move, then the other to do the 2nd player’s move, pretending to be playing with someone else.
Receptionist:Don't you feel like your generation is just lazy?
Me:Lazy? I'd say apathetic.
Receptionist:Isn't it the same?
Me:No. My generation is criticized and toiled with, and I don't see why not - just turn on the TV and watch what they're feeding us. But my generation is not lazy. My generation fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. My generation fought for womens rights in a fury that hadn't been seen since the 19th Amendment. My generation got our first black President elected. My generation fought for Gay rights for the first time in American history. And with all that, we are apathetic, and that's because things aren't going to be better for us down the road. We are the first generation expected to make less than our parents. We are the first generation to see America lose its status as a super power. We've lived through the worst economic times since the Great Depression, and are forced to take out thousands of dollars in student loans at the same time, all while our college degrees slowly turn into a highschool diploma. We've done plenty, and expect nothing. So no, I wouldn't say we're lazy, just apathetic.
“I am tired, not of arguing in favour of equality, diversity and tolerance, but of having to explain, over and over and over again, why such arguments are still necessary, only to have my evidence casually dismissed by someone too oblivious to realise that their dismissal of the problem is itself a textbook example of the f*cking problem.
I am tired of being mocked by hypocrites who think that a single lazy counterexample is sufficient to debunk the fifteen detailed examples they demanded I produce before they’d even accept my point as a hypothetical, let alone valid, argument.
I am tired of a**holes who think that playing Devil’s advocate about an issue alien to their experience but of deep personal significance to their interlocutor makes them both intellectually superior and more rationally objective on the specious basis that being dispassionate is the same as being right (because if they can stay calm while savagely kicking your open wound, then clearly, you have no excuse for screaming).
Tag! You're it. Post ten random facts about yourself then pass this on to your ten favorite followers.
1. I somehow got through the first 18 years of my life without ever learning how to use a tin opener.
2. I have at least five packs of insence at present and I somehow just keep buying more.
3. I am a complete, passionate, and totally unironic believer in faeries, aura reading, ghosts, aliens, demons, and honestly a lot of other things. Everything is true, in some way in some place. Though, ‘truth’ is in itself rather a broad term…
4. No but seriously don’t get me started on the topic of the occult or cosmology (though technically in this case I was the one who brought it up) because I will talk you half to death.
5. I personify everything, and I do mean everything. Nations, bridges, books, colours, blogs, plants, inanimate objects…
6. This being said, I kind of think ideas have ‘souls’, if you will, anyway, so who can say that a humanoid representation of a concept doesn’t exist somehwere out there? it’s a big-ass multiverse, am I right?
7. My favorite number is 144. I have a thing for multiples of 12 idfk.
8. I like filling out these memes. Does that make me self-obsessed?
9. I genuinley do think I’m attractive and I don’t understand why thats considered a bad thing to admit. Everyone should be at least a little in love with themselves, I think.
10. I’m better at meeting people and starting relationships than I am at maintaining them. If I don’t see you on a regular basis, we’ll most likely lose contact. I’m very bad with things like phone calls and emails.
“A man can wear a bow tie and a fez and he’s in costume. A woman can spend hundreds of pounds or weeks of her time on an exact replica of an outfit a minor character wore onscreen for five minutes, whilst reciting the Prime Directive in Klingon, and she’s an attention-seeking slut.”— The New Statesman on fake geek girls (x)
Deadpool stopped, holding up his hand for the battle to stop. ”Hold the phone guys, I have a serious question.” He turned toward the nearest wall, and asked, “For those of you at home, how does my voice sound in your head? Is it gravelly? Maybe suave? Do I have an accent? I know these fan written pieces of shit throw in details as randomly as I choose hookers, but I’d really like to know.”