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Slash Fanfiction Survey
John
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I am attempting to conduct a survey about slash readers and writers of fanfiction, mainly women. I am an undergraduate researching slash fanfiction and why women are so interested in it. Please read the questions and just answer all of them in a posted comment. If you wish to remain anonymous, do not log in. Thank you very much.



Survey



Gender: Female / Male

Age: below 13 / 14-17 / 18-24 / 25-30 / 30-40 / older than 40

How long have you been reading slash?

Which fandoms do you read?

Do you believe in gay rights? Does slash represent homosexuality or just heterosexual men in a relationship?

Why do you read, write, or like slash?

What are your squicks and kinks? What kinds of sub-genres do you read (for example, hurt/comfort or PWP)?

What does slash mean to you?

Should slash writers and readers be open in admitting that they write/read or should slash persist in anonymity? Why?

Do people know you read slash? If so, who is it (close friends, family, other relatives, teachers, etc.)?

Thank you for taking part in this survey, you have helped me out a lot! :)

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Slash survey

(Anonymous)
Gender: Female

Age: 25-30

How long have you been reading slash? Roughly, two years.

Which fandoms do you read? I'm not sure what you mean by fandoms? My favorite slash manga series in Love Mode by Yuki Shimizu. My favorite slash fanfiction is Yu Yu Hakusho (adultfanfiction.net) but that's b/c I love the characters. I don't care if it yaoi, het, or even yuri.

Do you believe in gay rights? Does slash represent homosexuality or just heterosexual men in a relationship? I do. I see no reason gay couples shouldn't be treated exactly the same as het couples. To not do so is discrimination and inexcusable. I think slash can be either. Human sexuality doesn't fit into neat little boxes, so how can fiction?

Why do you read, write, or like slash? I read it regularly and enjoy it, but I've never considered why. There's something intriquing about two guys being in a relationship. I think it has something to do with the difference in expectations. People expect men to be gentle with women, so when that tenderness is expressed towards another male, it holds a different kind of sensuality. In the other direction, there's an animalism in two male sex drives coming together that I'm hard pressed to find in het sex. It seems more intense in some way.

What are your squicks and kinks? What kinds of sub-genres do you read (for example, hurt/comfort or PWP)? Squicks? I dunno. I don't know if this is what you're looking for but I hate when authors portray gay men as overly dramatic and whiny like spoiled tween girls. Seriously, they're men and should still be recognizable as guys. Not mountain men, of course, but still, men. I'm not much on all of the moosh and ickiness that comes with the overly dramatic and overly romantic. But I don't like that in het pairings either. PWP is fine on occasion, but I prefer a little development in my stories. I like to see the relationship develop. As for kinks, I'm not sure.

What does slash mean to you? Guy/guy loving.

Should slash writers and readers be open in admitting that they write/read or should slash persist in anonymity? Why? I see no reason to be ashamed of it, but I also understand why, in our culture, you wouldn't want to broadcast it. Since people make such a big deal about homosexuality, I can only imagine how they'd feel about people enjoying gay smut. Then again, it's possible that being more open about this sort of thing may help change attitudes. Who knows?

Do people know you read slash? If so, who is it (close friends, family, other relatives, teachers, etc.)? My friends do and my english professor. Other than that, no.

Thank you for taking part in this survey, you have helped me out a lot! :) I hope that's what you were looking for! Bye. :)

Thanks so much, always appreciated. :) Ha. It's the same for me, about who knows that I read slash. My eng prof too!

Flattery works. ;)


Gender: Female

Age: 25-30

How long have you been reading slash?
About nine years, give or take. ;)

Which fandoms do you read?
Currently, almost none. On great occasion I read Naruto or comics. (X-Men and Batfolk.)

Do you believe in gay rights?

Yes

Does slash represent homosexuality or just heterosexual men in a relationship?

It represents women's view of gay men--I don't think it represents true gay men, since most of the slash I read seems highly unrealistic (I believe the term is "chicks with dicks" in a not-transvestite sense!). I think slash is written by women, for women, and for the most part is our form of what we think a male/male gay relationship is like. Which is extremely different than what I think it actually is like, watching my gay friends. ;) (That said, I know some writers try and make it realistic--I do--but if you read gay romance by men, they're generally very different than the ones written by women.)

Why do you read, write, or like slash?

For several reasons: first, most of the characters I enjoy are men. Second, one man is hot. Two men are hotter. ;) But, mostly, most of the characters I enjoy are men, so I'd rather read a story with two characters I like than one I like and one that's only okay. ;)

What are your squicks and kinks? What kinds of sub-genres do you read (for example, hurt/comfort or PWP)?

Squicks are anything with a major power differential--teacher/student relationships, or anything with potential for abuse. Any relationships that seem extremely unhealthy--and I have a psychology degree, so my view of what's unhealthy is sometimes more sensitive than what other people think. ;) Anything involving non consensual sex portrayed as all right. Incest. Bodily fluids. Ick.

kinks - light bondage, something where one character gives up power willingly because they can trust another character. Trust issues in general. ;)

I read sub-genres that are light and fluffy, for the most part. Lots of PWPs, things that are silly or have happy endings. Action stuff where the slash is just a sub-plot. I write self-realization stories, where one character has to come through some sort of trials and become stronger for it. Sometimes the romance is key, sometimes it's not. These fall under the h/c category, though not all h/c is self-realization. I AVOID these kinds of stories like the plague when I'm reading. *wry smile*

What does slash mean to you?

the term 'slash' means any homosexual relationship, male or female. If someone terms something a slash story, I expect the relationship to be integral to the plot.

Should slash writers and readers be open in admitting that they write/read or should slash persist in anonymity? Why?

I think that's a personal choice. For me, I try to be open in it, because I don't believe there's anything to be embarrassed about and I take pride in my work. I also know that the more same-sex relationship things are accepted in every day life, the faster we'll break down prejudiced.

Do people know you read slash? If so, who is it (close friends, family, other relatives, teachers, etc.)?

My sister reads slash (mine!), and many of my friends read slash--but most of them are also in the same fandoms I'm in, and just happen to live nearby. ;) My parents know about it and approve, but don't read it, and many of my other friends know I write it but don't read it themselves.

Good luck!

J

Wow. Your parents know and approve. That's really cool of them. Did you convince them? Do they just believe in free thinking? But anyway, thank you so much! My essay will be so much better with more fan opinion views besides my own!

*laughs* Well, see, I live in SoCal. My older sister is an actress. My little sister is a dance major. My mom was a musician. I think we've just hit the three big 'gay' areas, yes? ;) My dad's best friend is gay. My dad experimented. MY Best friend is gay. They approve of almost anything I do, anyway...

Actually, they went into a class they're in together and announced that I was getting published, which is great, and that the next book I'm tryign to publish is a gay romance. Then I got a call from one of my clients/friends, who's gay, because she wanted to know when it would be out so she could buy it. *laughs*

When I first started writing it, they already knew I wrote fanfic, and I was excited because I got good comments on my first slash story. So they heard about it then--that was years ago--and were happy for me. Then, more recently, my little sister and I were talking about the Kiba/Shino series, and my dad asked, "what's that?" and before I could answer Mac piped up with, "the gay porn Jenna's writing!"

My dad just laughed and shook his head--always his reaction when anything about sex crops up. ;)

So, that's a long answer to a really short question. No, I didn't have to convince them. ;) Our family is VERY liberal.

sorry it took so long to get to this, but wow. I LOVE your family. Absolutely love. :)
And... do you mind filling out more questions? You know I appreciate everything so far...


1. Sexuality? Het Bi Homo None

2. Is slash saying anything about gender to you? If so, what?

3. Do you feel part of a community when reading/writing slash? I mean, a community of fans (not just a community on lj)?

4. Do you read incest or illegal sex at all? If so, what? And how do you justify reading it?


If you could answer any of these, it would be so helpful, and if you feel uncomfortable at all, then you don't have to answer. Anyway, thank you for your time, I love you! :)

*laughs* I love my family, too. ;) messypeaches was by and we stopped at my parents house, and I was happily telling my mom about the newest developments in our RP (which is slash-heavy) and my mom was cracking up. Momo looked like she wasn't sure what to say. ;-D


Whoops. Hit 'enter' at the wrong moment. :P

Anyway, questions!

1. Sexuality? Het Bi Homo None

Bi, with het leanings. *laughs* I find more attractive men than women (I'm much pickier about women), and I've only ever dated men. The few women I was attracted to either lived too far away (long distance = bad, imo!) or had SO's. Le sigh. ;)

2. Is slash saying anything about gender to you? If so, what?

I think it says more about the people who write it than about gender. And most times, I think it says that the people who write it want men with female genders. ;)

3. Do you feel part of a community when reading/writing slash? I mean, a community of fans (not just a community on lj)?

Yes, I suppose, though I don't think of myself as 'active' in a community. Though in that this is a a specific group of people among whom it's universally okay to talk about slash... yes, in that sense, I feel part of a community.

4. Do you read incest or illegal sex at all? If so, what? And how do you justify reading it?

Once in a great while; most of it I don't like as a general rule. If a story is incestuous but MEANT to be harmful, then I'll read that. (Like, if a story is about recovering from incest or something. In fact, I've written stories like that!)

I'll read things with slight age discrepancies--if one character is 19 and the other is 17, that doesn't bother me, statutory rape be damned. ;) Bigger discrepancies--20 and 16, for instance--start to bother me because of emotional maturity issues, but depending on the way it's written, I've seen it pulled off (once). Because I usually dislike those things, I read them only when recommended. I read things with underage people having sex--two sixteen year olds, for instance--and as long as they're old enough that I'm not thinking, "Oh, ew, kids having sex! Ignore it! Ignore it!" (which, really, usually means sixteen is my limit--I know too many 14 year olds, and 15 is that gray area in between!), then I'll read that with no problem.

Rape fic I read with the same idea as incest--not as, "oh, he raped me but it's okay I love him," but rather, "he raped me and now I'm going to throw him in jail/recover."

Hope that helps! :)

J

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! :) you are so awesome, there are no words... :)

Gender: Female

Age: 25-30

How long have you been reading slash?

I've been reading slash for about 8 years, give or take a year :)

Which fandoms do you read?

So many! Brace yourself. Star Trek Voyager, Gundam Wing, Naruto, M*A*S*H, FMA, TFTF, Escaflowne, Fruits Basket, Weiss Kreuz, Kenshin, Scrubs, The O.C, ER, X-files, The Sentinel, Boondock Saints, Planet of the Apes, Static Shock, Teen Titans, Constantine, Harry Potter, West Wing, Lord of the Rings, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Ocean's 11/12/13, Once a Thief, Roswell, X-men, Smallville, The Covenant, I'll stop now but I'll read pretty much anything with hot guys, or really good characters that are guys.

Do you believe in gay rights? Does slash represent homosexuality or just heterosexual men in a relationship?

I do believe in gay rights and slash, while nummy, is not exactly the real deal. I think real homosexual relationships are much more normal. Comparing slash and real life is like comparing romance novels and heterosexual relationships.

Why do you read, write, or like slash?

I really can't say, but I think there is an intensity in slash that's lacking in het fic. Also I think writers are more creative and more willing to try new things.

What are your squicks and kinks? What kinds of sub-genres do you read (for example, hurt/comfort or PWP)?

There isn't a lot I don't like, though mushy girly characters are annoying!! I hate mary-sues as well, and perfect characters.

I like pwp, hurt/comfort, slight non-con, twincest, teacher/student relationships, dom/sub relationships, I really like the power plays.

What does slash mean to you?

Besides a good time? It means guy on guy action.

Should slash writers and readers be open in admitting that they write/read or should slash persist in anonymity? Why?

I suppose anyone can be open about anything. It's all a matter of personal choice.

Do people know you read slash? If so, who is it (close friends, family, other relatives, teachers, etc.)?


I no of no one else who reads slash and nobody knows I read slash. It's pretty much my big secret!

Sorry this is so short but I gotta run. Hope this helped!

sorry for taking so long in replying... but THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. :) I very much agree with a lot of what you say.... like there really is an intensity in slash. But WHAT is it? And yes, those icky girl characters... :)
I also wanted to ask you if you could answer a few more questions that came up?

1. Sexuality? Het Bi Homo None

2. Is slash saying anything about gender to you? If so, what?

3. Do you feel part of a community when reading/writing slash? I mean, a community of fans (not just a community on lj)?

4. Do you read incest or illegal sex at all? If so, what? And how do you justify reading it?


If you could answer any of these, it would be so helpful, and if you feel uncomfortable at all, then you don't have to answer. Anyway, thank you for your time, I love you! :)

1. Sexuality? Het

2. Is slash saying anything about gender to you? If so, what?
I think slash says that men can play a number of roles in a relationship, whereas women can only be the annoying/angry/helpless/faghag side character. I think it also comments about the intensity of male/male relationships and how men have to work harder and overcome more obstacles then women.

3. Do you feel part of a community when reading/writing slash? I mean, a community of fans (not just a community on lj)?
I think so, especially in big fandoms, like Gundam Wing,or even slightly smaller ones like FMA or Naruto. I usually find the communities after I've become committed to a pairing.

4. Do you read incest or illegal sex at all? If so, what? And how do you justify reading it? I do, I like shota, incest, non-con, sem non-con, bondage, the whole deal. I suppose I justify it because it's just a fantasy and in real life that gives me the squicks. I would never want to have sex with my brother, or get horny looking at a little kid. Fantasies like that are purely in your head!

I've been meaning to stop by and fill this in :D

Gender: Female

Age: 18-24

How long have you been reading slash?
Around 4 or 5 years now I suppose.

Which fandoms do you read?
I have way too many to really list, but my long time favorite has been Naruto and my current favorites are Ookiku Furikabutte, Scrubs and Supernatural.

Do you believe in gay rights? Does slash represent homosexuality or just heterosexual men in a relationship?
I do, I'm not personally gay but I get unexplicably angry when I hear homosexuals being verbally put down. It could be a good representation for homosexuality, if written well, but I would never positively say yes or no to that because slash spans many fandoms and subjects people could become offended when put in such a small box.

Why do you read, write, or like slash?
I like slash because most times I'm getting from it something I can't get from the original story line (assuming it's fandom slash). I read it because two men together, sexually or just being friendly, is incredibly appealing to me. When I do write it (which isn't often), it's because I feel there's not a story out there like it yet and I want to be the first to get it out.

What are your squicks and kinks? What kinds of sub-genres do you read (for example, hurt/comfort or PWP)?
I love me a good PWP and I like Dom/sub relationships. I don't really like hurt/comfort or anything particularily dark, watersports make me cringe a little. I could happily soak up a romantic action/adventure story with lots of distinct top/bottom sex on the side.

What does slash mean to you?
I associate it with male/male sexual relationships. If it's a lesbian relationship I usually look for the word 'femslash'.

Should slash writers and readers be open in admitting that they write/read or should slash persist in anonymity? Why?
I'm not ashamed of it, but I can understand why/if some people keep that they read/write it hidden. I think it might be more benefitial to the gay community if more people would openly support them though.

Do people know you read slash? If so, who is it (close friends, family, other relatives, teachers, etc.)?
My close friends know I read slash. My family doesn't because while I'm generally open about it, I don't go screaming at my family reunions "I read hot guy/guy sex!" =\ If they ever asked I'd confirm it but I honestly don't think anyone cares xD

OMG. I can't thank you enough for filling this out, and I'm sorry I'm so late about replying, I've been meaning to do so for a while. I also wanted to ask you if you could answer a few more questions that came up?

1. Sexuality? Het Bi Homo None

2. Is slash saying anything about gender to you? If so, what?

3. Do you feel part of a community when reading/writing slash? I mean, a community of fans (not just a community on lj)?

4. Do you read incest or illegal sex at all? If so, what? And how do you justify reading it?


If you could answer any of these, it would be so helpful, and if you feel uncomfortable at all, then you don't have to answer. Anyway, thank you for your time, I love you! :)

No problem!

1. Het

2. Not really, in my experience, all genders (and sexuality's) like it. I defnitely think there's more females who like slash but I know there are males out there (both also of all sexuality's) who like it also.

3. Yeah I do, there's MILLIONS of fans out there who like slash and I'm just one of them but I defnitely feel connected to them all because we share a common interest.

4. I do/have read incest and illegal sex, most recently in the Supernatural fandom but also in other fandoms where the characters are just under 18 years of age. Since I myself am young and it really wasn't that long ago that *I* was illegal, I don't really feel uncomfortable about it or think it's a huge problem, especially when the story has both characters being consensual. As for incest, maybe my morals aren't very high or something but it's never been that high on my list of Things To Be Considered Illegal. I'd never do anything with my own brother but I'd never persecute someone if they chose to live their life that way.

Hmm, hope that helps!

you ROCK. :) Thanks so much! hahah. and about things like twincest and stuff... what cracks me up is that I read Fred/George from HP, but I'm like a twin myself and would be disgusted if I ever did any of that with my twin... It is an odd world... :)

You're welcome!!
XDD I KNOW RIGHT? I'm not a twin or anything and even though I read that stuff I'd NEVER do anything with a sibling or relative in real life =S Odd world indeed.

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