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November 2009

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Bingo!

*just kind of stares*

Okay, let's get something straight (Ha. Ha.). There is a small (quite small) portion of slash fiction that manages to overlap with queer fiction. But the vast majority of slash? Is not queer fiction.

No. No, it's not. No, shut up and quit making asses of yourselves while you demonstrate at length that yours is very probably not.

Queer fiction deals with queer people, emphasis on people. It does not deal with the paper-doll id-fic that constitutes the vast majority of slash, and against which I have nothing. Id-fic is a lovely thing; I write it myself. But it's not queer fiction. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the experience of queer people, of whom I suppose I should say I am one.

Given all this idiotic howling, I find the initial issue, which is the Lambda awards committee specifying that award candidate fiction must be written by people who identify themselves as queer, makes perfect sense. It becomes abundantly evident that there are plenty of clueless straight women (mostly) who are so willfully blind to the appropriation they perform that they will stampede right over a queer-affirming community space if measures are not taken to defend it.

As has been demonstrated.

Comments

Sep. 29th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
I am so glad that I am out of this loop. I don't think I'd fare well in this debate seeing as I don't care to get into it.
Sep. 29th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, probably just as well. From what I can see it's only going to go downhill some more.
Sep. 29th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
Now if you'll excuse me, I will merrily indulge in reading and writing delicious id-fic and avoiding the Failbombs.
Sep. 29th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
It can be both- slash written by queer people.

But for the most part, I agree.
Sep. 30th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
It can, and, as I said, it's a small proportion. *eyes the growing scrum* And most definitely not the portion in question.