"Men who say women don’t like porn don’t know the right women."

That’s from a t-shirt my friend owns. Currently brainstorming for a guest lecture I’m going to do in Sociology called “Bad Girls”. I have been specifically instructed by the course coordinator to blow some minds with the delightfully filthy things that women are doing out there on the Interwebs. (He asked the right person!)

I plan to talk in detail about some old research I did on yaoi / boy’s love fans, and how these explicitly erotic texts are consumed and used by young women (mostly teenagers and young adults, 14-24). I’ll also be talking about slash, of course, and going through some of the different uses and reasons for its popularity.

(Word to the wise, this post has nothing to do with the current LJ storm a-brewing on straight female and gay male fans of slash. I’m hoping not to become involved in that at the moment.)

While there are a myriad of reasons I personally enjoy the stuff, I’ll admit that one of the main ones is that I appreciate how these genres objectify male bodies in a way that appeals to me as a heterosexual female. It’s just really great to see shiny, ripped men in various stages of undress. And while I do read het erotica as well (nothing will keep me from my Ten/Rose shipping), I sometimes find myself over-analysing the feminist politics of such works, especially in mainstream/commercial products. And nothing kills the fantasy for me more than my own brain’s over-analysis of feminist politics.

So, friends and comrades, what is it about slash that appeals to you?

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One response to “"Men who say women don’t like porn don’t know the right women."

  1. I too love the objectification of dudes in slash, it's kind of nice to see the tables turned. Although I would argue that this month's "Details" magazine, one written mainly by and for men, and straight men at that, totally does the same thing with their "best dressed men" article. Lots of actors and powerful dudes analyzed not on their accomplishments or brain power, but on how well they pair a shrunken blazer with a skinny tie and sneakers.

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