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03 December 2014 @ 01:28 pm
Slash research project  
ABOUT MY RESEARCH


Since inception, this journal has carried the following statement: “Ethically, I feel obliged to inform all viewing this journal that I am writing a PhD on the subject.” This statement was in the spirit of transparency, it was intended to let people know that I have a dual interest in slash, as both participant and researcher. This post is intended to be a place to engage, so any questions you have, feel free to post them here (or you can send me a private message).
 
This research is being completed in the Department of Media and Communications at The University of Sydney, my research profile of which can be found here.
 
The purpose of this journal is to both engage with and contribute to the slash community (which is also an aim of my research). I strongly believe that you cannot study a fannish practice if you are not a fan yourself. I create manips because I am passionate about it and because it’s meaningful to me, I believe this also makes me suited to study slash.
 
No comments in this journal will appear in my research without your consent. Those whose work will be analysed in this project have given their permission for me to analyse their work. Those who have consented to have their work analysed had the option to remain anonymous or not disclose details such as their LJ username. So all slashers who have been generous enough to allow me to analyse their work as part of my research have had complete freedom in terms of any way in which they wish to protect their identity.
 
Some have been open, interested and eager to contribute to my research, others have been suspicious. That’s fine, as I said, it means something different to us all. I do respect that, which is why I've put this post together.

 
 
 
zdae69 on October 21st, 2011 05:29 am (UTC)
This is very interesting! I've never thought of slash as something that could be studied, but what you say makes complete sense! My mind is actually blown, my friend! I guess you are one of the only people that can say "I'm a slash expert... literally!" Once again, this is so intriguing!
chewableprose on October 23rd, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your comment, I really appreciate your support.
imboredrpanyone on October 29th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
Some people are probably just worried they will get unwanted attention to who they are. But besides a comment on a show 2 seasons ago most really just take Slash Fan fiction as fans that go overboard but besides Graphic design and Web Design am not sure how you would go about in your daily life telling others your a Photoshop Professional . So what is the full purpose of the study? To find out why fans do it?
chewableprose on October 30th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)
Thanks for your comment. As researchers (media researchers in particular) have come to recognise that audiences are active (rather than passive) in their consumption of media, there has been increased interest in practices that demonstrate the active audience (slash being one of the best examples). And so, there has been considerable academic interest in slash. As I say in the post above, this project is about the texts and not the fans that created them, as to the 'full purpose' of the research, it is to explore the range of texts being produced.
imboredrpanyone on November 4th, 2011 04:28 am (UTC)
I never known anyone so educated and appealing at the same time the way you are. but whats most surprising to me is the amount of heterosexual women who enjoy Homosexual Slash I dare to say even more then actual homosexual males do, Winchest being the most common known. I do not think most people look at relationships the way I do. I can not explain it am not sure if its just some sense of what I think I should be. Or if its just the comfort woman give me that men do not. I just can not enjoy a relationship with a man the way I do a woman even though I have no sexual attraction to Women in any way except for romance wise like Twilight for a example it some ways I feel as if am a straight woman the converted to be a lesbian I find cyber wise I enjoy a woman pretending to be a man in ways I can not explain I think it has a lot to do with the differences in childhood for example girls play weddings and prince charming while boys play video games or read comics as for me when it comes to slash I really enjoy the story end of it more then the actual manips and seem to be aroused most by the Winchest comics more then actual life manips however when a Manip is good enough to actually be buyable as real it does turn me on in a sense. As for LJ I see it as a way of modern Art when I come here for me its like going to art museum.
chewableprose on November 6th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
That's very kind of you to say, thank you. While motivations behind why slashers slash is not really part of this project, personally I don't see it as that much of a stretch that so many women enjoy slash (especially when you consider the growing commercial m/m romance genre novels for women that are emerging and that many straight men confess to f/f fantasies). I also feel very fortunate that so many women enjoy and create slash. First because it helps in the creation and wider acceptance of more diverse sexual representations, and second because it means a larger audience/community for slash (which is nice when you create manips like I do).
imboredrpanyone on November 6th, 2011 05:49 am (UTC)
But censership
Can be a pain in the ass but then again you can also make non porn slash showing as much as can be seen to even help your LJ account grow like on other sites out there. If your really wanting a large fan base.
chewableprose on November 6th, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
Re: But censership
Haha, nah, that wouldn't work for me, I like the porn too much (that said, this journal does have its share of nonporn images).
imboredrpanyone on November 6th, 2011 09:12 am (UTC)
Re: But censership
Nah I meant get more people to come here and see your porn. Use it just as way of advertising
scooterdamej on November 25th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Slashers
I agree that to fairly study fans one must BE a fan.
No one in ANY closed society wants a disinterested academic dissecting their lives.
Slashers talk to one another and I think on the whole we're a fairly open and up-front bunch.
Some of us have good reason to hide from the "real world" our favorite pass-time, but others like me (who came out as a Bi woman at 17) won't shut up about it...I've almost converted my 70+yr old mother!
Bringing an understanding of our work (and our desire to make it) to the broader world can only do us all some good. Hopefully, one day NO ONE will have to hide this stuff from anyone.
chewableprose on November 25th, 2011 08:10 am (UTC)
Re: Slashers
Thank you for your comment, and I agree with you completely (I share your view and hope for that future). Thanks for the support.
shades_of_dray on December 19th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
I think "suspicious" wasn't quite what I felt.. When you approached me, I wasn't concerned with 'being found out.' It was more a feeling of exposure of a different sort. We all share our love for slash within these types of communities, and we accept each other openly for the most part. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds and age ranges; our economic conditions and sexual practices and preferences vary.. and yet, we don't judge. Taking something that is essentially rather personal to me outside of here and knowing it's on display to be viewed by "the normals" is something I'd not really considered before.
chewableprose on December 20th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Absolutely, I completely understand that. Community is an important part of slash (it influences everything from the production to the sharing of stories and ideas), in many ways it's an ecosystem. And the internet itself is more than a medium, it's an environment. For me my journal is a place, and the nature and appeal of that place is that it is removed from the 'real world' and all its constraints. That's very important to me. I hear and agree with all that you've said, and am respectful of that.
shades_of_dray on December 20th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
Nothing compares to having freedom.
darlin43 on January 2nd, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
Hey i think you are right, you have all my support!!
chewableprose on January 3rd, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
Thank you, that means a lot.
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chewableprose on March 9th, 2012 10:34 am (UTC)
It certainly will (when finished). I'll be sure to make a post on my journal when it is so that those who are interested can check it out. Thanks for the comment/support.
elsecarlass on March 24th, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
I am really interested in the fact that you are studying Slash Fiction as part of your Ph.D.. It is a subject that I also find fascinating, both academically and recreationally. My own personal studies are history orientated, however I simply adore any aspect of Popular Culture and for me Slash is a relatively new and exciting aspect to it. If you every wish to discuss anything, I am more than happy to assist you, although unfortunately I am not a writer, just an avid reader.

Best wishes with your studies

Christine.
chewableprose on April 9th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Hi Christine, thank you for taking the time to read about my research and send me a message, I really appreciate it. I've added you in case you ever want to check out my work. Thanks again.
imboredrpanyone on May 26th, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
I have been really thinking about it
And I realize why I like stroking my cock more to your Slash and that one Tama friend of ours. Its because I know it would never happen. And I think that is what makes it so hot. Oh and I also started watching Magic City its not to shabby its on Stars. I will not lie normally when I come here. Its because am wanting to stroke my cock and think about your work.
chewableprose on May 27th, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
Re: I have been really thinking about it
Magic City, haven't heard of it, but will certainly check it out. And thanks, I'm thrilled you enjoy my work.
marzattax2001 on August 28th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
This is fascinating. I am 72 years of age and began using cut outs of bodies and Tab Hunter heads when I was a teenager. I have been inspired to study it in the more sophisticated computer manipulation techniques, of which I have only recently become aware.
Good luck with your studies!

P.S. I have upgraded from Tab Hunter to Chace Crawford.
chewableprose on August 29th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your message, and your words of support :). If you're willing, I would love the opportunity to talk with you further about your practice. If that is something that interests you please let me know.
imboredrpanyone on January 17th, 2013 07:38 am (UTC)
I really miss you
No Shit... And yea you interest me if I was to be quite frank. I could fucking talk to you for hours. Not mention I would love it if we had a fucking party room with you and all the guys you like and we all just go fucking at it. I still having the same fucking cravings. Jason Stack house on Dean Winchester. And fuck I am hot as hell for the New Arrow. I also been having cravings for you. Also I want to see a background from you that has a few manip's of your top 6 actors. How is your research coming? Any view points changed on the whole fan slash? And please tell me your lack of edits is a sign that you have got something big in real life. And not a sign of a new Tumblr or what ever new sites are out there lol Heck they come one after another now days.

Edited at 2013-01-17 07:40 am (UTC)
marki_fungi on November 29th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
Hey there,
I read this ages ago before I was able to comment on it and I think you've got a great idea here. People always say that people fear what they don't understand and one of the reasons I've become so much more obvious about gay relationships in my own work is to try to have slash more open to people who are looking for it and get people more comfortable in their own skin. And your work would go a long way to helping people really understand what's behind people writing slash.

I'm relatively knew to LJ but I've been an author of ffnet for something like eight years (since I was seventeen or so and when I started I couldn't bring myself to write slash because of the views of people around me, even though the people reading my work wouldn't know who I was anyway. Now my views have changed as I got older and my first piece of overt slash work got such a great response that I received a boost to my own security from that and came out to my friends.

I hope that my work gives others that same courage and I've lost track of the number of emails, PMs and reviews from people, teenagers in particular obviously, in their search for someone to open up to when they have no other choice.

I've dealt with a lot of critism on ffnet from flamers and the like but I hope, as you probably do, that you're helping people regardless.

So, good luck on your research and I hope it is going well and if you ever need anything I am a completely open book with any permission you could ever need. I fully support your mission.

Sorry for the long comment. (I should have probably put it private but I want to show my support).
chewableprose on December 1st, 2012 09:03 am (UTC)
Thanks for the show of support. I really do appreciate it. It's nice to hear that you've observed attitudes toward slash changing and it's so great that your work has given others courage. I think it's really wonderful that you've been a support for people. And I just might take you up on your kind offer.
imboredrpanyone on January 17th, 2013 07:12 am (UTC)
Hey how have you been?
I had dream I known you on youtube too. And I was like omg no way. My Porn slasher who knows my craving for the cock art has a youtube. So I had to come to see if my dream was a sign of some kind. Or if maybe you missed me too xxxD
vex47 on October 10th, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up. I think different people take slightly different things from slash, but that it's all porn in the end.
chewableprose on October 11th, 2013 05:25 am (UTC)
Thank you for your comment :).