You know, I’m not gonna say that slash fandom as a whole couldn’t use more fiction featuring women, brown people, and characters who just *aren’t* conventionally Pretty White Boys. But?
I’m not a hypocrite. I want to read — more than anything else — stories about *characters I like the best*. Characters I find *most interesting*. Characters I find *most cool and/or sexass*.
These characters are — quite often, thanks to the fucked-up shit we *all* put up with from Hollywood and etc. — played by/portrayed as Pretty White Boys. So why the *fuck* should I beat *myself* up about that — as opposed to TPTB?
Why the *fuck* should I *help* the patriarchy twist up and constrain my sexuality in heaping, rough *coils* of guilt?
I think we need to step back and think about how we *approach* the women and characters of color in our fandoms of choice. I think we have to ask ourselves if we’re really giving them the same chances to be Interesting and Cool as we give the White Boys — because, you know, we *do* give the White Boys a *lot* of fucking slack.
*Especially* on shows where the writing/acting/presentation/whatever is shite.
I will *never* say that fandom as a whole — and slash fandom in microcosm — *doesn’t* play a double game when it comes to female and brown characters, because we totally do.
But? We’re also *expressing our motherfucking sexualities*. And there is *nothing motherfucking wrong with that*.
So, you know… maybe think about the criticism a little. And think about whether or not your criticism really *is* entirely objective — or if it’s coming from, in part, the “I want more stories about MY favorite characters, TOO” space.
There’s nothing wrong with *that*, either — except when it makes us act like fucking douchebags who automatically ascribe the *worst* fucking interpretations to other people’s actions — and kinks.