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Things I have done today:

1. Slept.
2. Slept some more
3. All the laundry! Believe me, it was a lot of laundry. Most of it sheets, for some reason.


Also, We Love the Women That Fandom Hates! Go forth and claim! Basically you choose a character (and that could be basically any female character, since there's always someone hating on them...) and then you post about her for a week, from friday to friday. But, not only that, you can pick whichever language you want! I would really like some more Swedes, Danes, Norwegians and Swedish-speaking Finns so we can share the spoils. Because I'm gonna write in Swedish. Probably with a translation, but still!



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Have you ever had that kind of experience where you read a fic, and then you read someone's comments on it and go "did we read the same fic at all?" I just had one of those and it was quite... well, interesting is a word, I guess. It just drives home the fact that we're really quite different. And also that I'm probably the weird one since I seemed to have read something none of the other commenters had read. Oh well.

Also, in the course of the same fic reading, or rather comment reading I came across this quote: "...boys are so goal oriented with their sex, get naked, get off, go to sleep..."

Firstly, I disagree that this is what they were doing in the fic, but that's not really the important thing.

The important thing, people, is that I have apparently changed sex!!! I'm not sure when it happened, but if this is how boys (and men) approach sex then I'm clearly a man. Because of course, all men want exactly the same thing out of their sex life, just like all women do.

I mean, I'm not sure what else you're supposed to do with sex. Unless it's BDSM, but that's not necessarily about sex, the sex bit can be quite secondary. But when you're having sex you're having sex, and sure, I don't always fall asleep afterwards, but I hate cuddling and I really don't feel the need to mix up a lot of mushy feelings into my sex.

But hey, if anyone knows what else is supposed to be done when you have sex, please enlighten me. I'm always up for some enlightenment (as the dancer said to the bishop).

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Unrelated, but I also wrote a fic for [community profile] femslash11 : Rain to Wash Away. Sherlock Holmes (Ritchie), Irene/Mary, PG-13. Link goes to fic on AO3.

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Guys! GUYS!!!!!!

Fireworks 11: The [Totally Not] Annual [info]femslash_today Porn Battle

is open for prompts. Go there and play, now! Do it! For me, for fandom and for the glory of femslash!!!!!!
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So, if you're in Sherlock fandom you probably haven't missed this fic (link goes to the anon comment version).

Now, there's nothing wrong with it, certainly, the process of coding it alone must have been really time consuming (though I wonder how it works with a screen reader), the fascinating hing about it is the fandom response.

It seems that what fandom really wants isn't well written fic about the characters, isn't deep meta or people having brilliant theories, no, it's fic about ourselves. And not really ourselves either. We want fic about men in fandom, because apparently our own experience as women in fandom just isn't enough. And yes, I am judging you.

The fic I really want written about fandom is meta fic about femslash, and female characters, and how it feels to find a safe space only to realize that you're a fucking freak here too. Not that I mind that much, I've been a fucking freak my entire life, it's just strange that in an environment that is supposedly composed mostly of smart, brilliant women we don't care about out own stories, and when we do we use male characters to tell them. Because men are apparently just that much more interesting.

I will never stop finding this strange. And maybe I should take a break from fandom since it just pisses me off.
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I watched Howl's Moving Castle, and as I watched I realized that while I've seen the entire movie, more or less, I've never actually seen it in order. I must have watched it a my parents, when they had movie channels, and just went in and out of it. It makes more sense in the proper order. And of course after reading a synopsis of the book...

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So, Martin Freeman won a BAFTA. Good for him and all that. Just, this interview rubs me wrong in some way. "Gayest story in the history of television". What does that even mean? Apart from John's sister and her wife (or ex-wife), no one is actually named as gay in the series. Is it just because it's two men who have a close friendship? That's gay? More gay than Torchwood? More gay than Queer as Folk? More gay than L-word? My respect for Freeman jus went down. Way down. I don't get why close friendships always get sexualized, or joked about. I feel like we should have gotten further, but apparently not.

So if anyone has some light to shed on this I'd be happy.

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Things I have learned from fandom, part 1 (because I'm sure there will be at least a part two):

1. The majority of all fanfic is written by people who either have no idea what they're writing about, or are not very good writers. Or both.

2. The majority of all sex scenes are written by people who either have no idea what they're writing about, or are not very good writers. Or both.

3. The majority of people in fandom are women (I seem to remember numbers like 95%, but I might be wrong).

4. Despite fact #3, most fanfic is written about male characters, from a male perspective, focusing on male romantic relationships. (Note: I don't actually have proof about the last statement, it's possible that gen or het beats it, but I doubt it)

5. This proves this quote by Martha Vicinus: "All societies that I know of have denied, controlled, or muted the public expression of active female sexuality." Quote is from the essay "They wonder to which sex I belong."

6. This means, if I'm not making myself clear, that in a subculture, or part of society, that is almost exclusively controlled by women, we, the women, are still controlled by the patriarchy. We still, as a group, cling to our ideas about normativity, gender, race, age, ability, etc. We still see the white, able-bodied, mid-thirties man as the POV character in our own space. We have moved from one space to another and taken all the demons with us.

7. It's strange that you can feel subversive when you write straight porn, but in a very guyslash dominated fandom this is entirely possible.

8. The fics I think are the best written ones of mine are not the ones that get the most comments. The ones that get the most comments and appreciation are always guyslash. When people comment on the stuff I'm really pleased with I get inappropriately happy though.

9. I still think we can, and are, changing, albeit way to slow for my tastes, and I'm glad I've found other people on both LJ and DW who share this belief, and who are, by being themselves, changing the world micrometre by slow micrometre.
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Written for the second annual mini meta fest at [community profile] fem_thoughts.

The thing is, I'm probably not the right person to write this, but I will anyway. For me, fanfic is divided first and foremost by fandom. I know some people will read things for fandoms they don't know if they like the writer enough, but I can't do this.

Secondly, it's divided into shippy and not shippy. Fic can of course be very plot driven but still have romance or an established relationship in the background, and then it will still be considered not shippy by me. Shippy fic is the kind where romance or sex is the point of the fic.

Last comes the distinction of het, guyslash or femslash. It's not a really important distinction for me, since I will read and write fic of all kinds, but I know it is to others, and in some way I think marking something as femslash is important, to show that we exist, that femslash exists. I've recently begun tagging my femslash on AO3 to make it easier to find, and to help the statistics (if someone was going to make such statistics). But to me personally it doesn't mean a lot in terms of reading.

If we're just going to look at the word, femslash to me is fic in which two (or more) characters who see themselves as female are in a romantic or sexual relationship, or are on the verge of entering into such a relationship, or if one character pines after (for?) the other. If one or both (or more) of the characters are in a straight relationship at the time, or have been, or will be, or indeed any other kind of relationship that can't easily be labeled as lesbian it will still be femslash. Sure, if it focuses a lot on the straight relationship it might not be very good femslash, but still.

The only exception is poly relationships, at least if the focus is on that aspect of the relationship and not the characters as they relate in twosomes within the poly relationship. And this only applies if the characters are of two (or more) different genders.

All in all, I do think it's inherently problematic to divide things according to sex or gender, but while I wait, and work for, a society in which sex and gender is irrelevant I will continue to label things when appropriate.

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