Is it just me or does this article
contain an unusually high bullshit quotient? It purports to be about the psychology behind the popularity of slash fic among female readers, but it doesn't sound like the authors even talked to any slash fans. Instead, it sounds like they had 22 members of a romance novel fan club read a gay romance and then fill out a survey about it. They also assume that what appeals to us sexually is based entirely on evolution; there's nothing to address cultural influences at all. A few stellar quotes:
"As time went by, virtually every cop, spy, adventure, and science fiction television series featuring two male partners was "slashed" [...] by some of its female fans."
- That's right; all slash is based on TV series, and only characters who are close friends or partners in the source material are ever the subject of such stories.
"One hypothesis that might account for the existence of slash is simply that the women who write and read this erotic subgenre are, in some yet-to-be-determined way, psychosexually unusual--analogous, for example, to male paraphiliacs."
- OK, I had to look up that word. Apparently we're possibly sexual deviants, similar to people who are attracted to inanimate objects or exploitative sex (rape, child molestation). Fortunately the authors consider this unlikely, since it turns out "normal" fans of romance novels can also enjoy romance between two male characters. Oh, thank you so much.( more ridiculousness under the cut )
The authors also wrote a book
on the subject. It's called "Warrior Lovers: Erotic Fiction, Evolution, and Female Sexuality" (free e-book at link). Which has rave reviews at the posted link. If you can stomach reading 100 pages of this trash, please consider leaving a review to balance the others.
, I still love you, even if there's stuff here you agree with.)