November 14th, 2003

me :: lake mary

She never stops posting, eh.

I have an issue with the term 'slash.' I've never minded it before- to any extent, anyway- but it really got to me with a post someone made in the MystCommunity.com forums.

It wasn't a negative post of any sort, it was simply a nice comment on how they 'had though the story seemed a bit slashy,' and I was just sort of taken aback by the use of the term. Y'see, in the story I'm writing, my character (in accordance with a dream I had) suddenly and unexpectedly changes gender- hopefully in the middle of a kiss. Though our hero(ine?)'s partner, Dashiell, is hardly phased by this, Clare, himself, is, and sort of backs away from the relationship for a while out of sheer shock. They eventually do overcome this awkwardness, when they (we...?) share a kiss in the one chapter I posted.

But, like most of my stories, the relationship is one of kinship, love, agape, spirituality, and loyalty; I rarely, if ever, mean anything seriously sexual. I mean, of course there's sexual attraction, and whatever characters I ever have will cuddle and get all hot an' bothered and whatnot, but no sex. Meh, doesn't thrill me. But the term 'slashy' just... It felt as if it cheapened the relationship, lowered it to some base level of lust or something, in accordance to almost any homosexual in 'Potter fanfiction. It hurt, really, and I'm beginning to rather dislike the word. It, along with the term 'femmeslash,' are like acceptable words for the online community, so they don't have to outright say...

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I have an issue with the term 'slash.' I've never minded it before- to any extent, anyway- but it really got to me with a post someone made in the MystCommunity.com forums.

It wasn't a negative post of any sort, it was simply a nice comment on how they 'had though the story seemed a bit slashy,' and I was just sort of taken aback by the use of the term. Y'see, in the story I'm writing, my character (in accordance with a dream I had) suddenly and unexpectedly changes gender- hopefully in the middle of a kiss. Though our hero(ine?)'s partner, Dashiell, is hardly phased by this, Clare, himself, <i>is</i>, and sort of backs away from the relationship for a while out of sheer shock. They eventually do overcome this awkwardness, when they (we...?) share a kiss in the one chapter I posted.

But, like most of my stories, the relationship is one of kinship, love, agape, spirituality, and loyalty; I rarely, if ever, mean anything seriously sexual. I mean, of course there's sexual attraction, and whatever characters I ever have will cuddle and get all hot an' bothered and whatnot, but no sex. Meh, doesn't thrill me. But the term 'slashy' just... It felt as if it cheapened the relationship, lowered it to some base level of lust or something, in accordance to almost <i>any</i> homosexual in 'Potter fanfiction. It hurt, really, and I'm beginning to rather dislike the word. It, along with the term 'femmeslash,' are like <i>acceptable</i> words for the online community, so they don't have to outright say...

<_< >_>

(<i>gay.</i>)

Gruh.
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