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[ profile] xtricks: This week in bigotry: fandom fail flavor of the month

Evidently the curren fandom wank going round is about straight women writing m/m fiction. I hadn't been paying much attention because, hey, other things on my plate. I think that has to change. Not only did I have the misfourtune to read a particularl asinine post about it, the OP also seemed to be claiming that m/m fiction (or at least romantic fiction) wouldn't exist without straight women - because they invented the genre/made it big (or popular or something). I think that's really the first time I got that sense of jaw dropping WTF?!?!?!

[ profile] gwailowrite: VERY VERY IMPORTANT

And as you watch it, please remember that the next time a writer of m/m fiction bitches about how they are being persecuted by not being eligible for a Lambda award because they aren't GLBT, their words matter to. Some really hateful things were said during Ally Fail, not as extreme as this man's but hurtful and hateful just the same. Because at the end of the day, those who aren't GLBT but write m/m do not have to face people like this every day of their lives because they only write m/m. They don't have to live it.

[personal profile] stoneself: some more slash fail [Warning: fail in comments]

[Comments on Ann Somerville's "Can we ever stop fighting?"]

[ profile] logophilos: Pen names and pretend names

Which doesn’t explain the rash of male or gender neutral names in m/m, becuase slash was and is dominated by women writers, and so is m/m. Male slashers are rare enough in slash to be notable for their gender alone. There are, I think, four actual gay men writing m/m under male names and whose gender is not disputed. There are a handful of trans men. But in percentages, women are well over 90% of the authorship, and probably even higher in terms of readership. If there’s a genre more welcoming to a woman writing under a female pen name, it can only be the wider Romance field. Yet gender neutral or male pen names account are used by nearly 50% of authors in the genre. You don’t find this in the Japanese yaoi/BL tradition, that I’m aware of. It’s peculiar to western publishing.

[ profile] mresundance: Meta, Meta, Meta: Two Links

The problem for me, is that a lot of times, the reality of - hey, there are real gay people out there - is strangely absent from too much fan fiction and fan fiction discussions. Even if fan fiction sometimes helps me to feel less alien and less alone in the world, I find it disheartening when I feel my presence - or the presence of people like me - is subtly un-acknowledged or ignored. I don't think it's often intentional. But I do think it is often a reflection of privilege and a reflection of people with privilege not thinking about a wider picture. And I can say I am guilty of that too with other things, such as race and ableism. It's not so much accusation as food for thought.

[ profile] logophilos: Apparently I've fucked up again

Okay, judging by the hits I’m getting, and this post as an example, I gather that I’ve pissed some people in the GLBT community off with my post about the m/m genre. I’ve looked at it, talked with gay friends about it and the criticism, and want to try and clarify.

[ profile] mothwing: Why can't we all just get alooooong?

Ever since Lambda Fail, the more I about m/m writers, the less patience I have for straight women (well, female and straight male M/M writers in general, to be honest) and their quest to write male-on-male porn or ~romance~ in peace. This "romance" usually is a type of porn, too, the only difference being that the emotional vulnerability of the characters is fetishized rather than their sexuality. Just.... EUGH.

[ profile] evildrem: Some questions..

Some of you may be aware of the current debate raging in m/m fiction circles about the validity of women writing gay men etc. I'm not planning on sticking my toe in that particular swamp nor am I going to express any opinions on the subject but reading through the various arguments for and against has raised a few questions in my mind. Now I know that the majority of my flist identify as GLBT so this seems like a good place to ask these questions and they are geared to eliciting responses from people who identify as GLBT. I would however also be interested in hearing from absolutely anyone however you identify yourself.

[ profile] maryaminx: In which I rant. A lot.

Yup. Lesbians write slash. A lot of it. There are even scholarly articles about it, even though it apparently BOGGLES THE MIND of every gay man ever. Strangely, though, we seem to be left out of the debate. The straight chicks steamroll right over us with cries of "kawaii!" or "J2!!" and the gay dudes don't seem to see us.

[ profile] gwailowrite: How Do I Know If I'm Getting It Right?

So the question was in relation to m/m romance and it was How Do I Know If I'm Getting it Right when it comes to writing gay characters?

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