There’s something I’ve been thinking about. That some people may be wondering why an artist, or a fan, would be into a slash fandom. Well. Let’s see, the media is oversaturated with perfectly represented straight couples.
Straight couples in the media do not focus on the fact that they are straight, they focus on their lives. On the different things what happen because of the external and internal factors that occur in the story. The characters are interesting and the story can be interesting as well.
If there is a straight couple showing affection in the media, especially in my country, they usually can go from kissing to be performing an almost pornographic sex scene without any trouble.
Meanwhile, there is not only not enough representation of queer couples but the ones that are representing us sometimes are not well portrayed.
Two specific examples that come to my mind right now are the ones from this popular soup opera that my grandma was watching. In the soup opera there was this gay guy suddenly telling her girlfriends to understand “her” drama because “she” was having “her period”. (Yes, the gay guy referred to him as she and her)
I am 23 years old and I have never in my life heard any of my gay guy-friends tell me that they have their period. I was surely concerned of not only how gay men were put in ridicule but also the confusing message of what it is to be a transgender, transsexual, gay man, gender fluid and well a drag queen.
I swear to god, it pissed me off. It was plainly insulting. And the sad thing is that it is quite common.
As an English teacher, I have heard thousands of times from my female students: I want a gay guy friend.
When I ask them why they would want a gay friend, they say: “Because it’d be cool to get help when shopping and the way they talk is quite funny”
So I always tell them that not all gay guys like shopping and surely not all gay guys are willing to be a pet in a girls’ group. Most likely there is a high amount of gay men who are quite well happy and energetic and they do have a particular way to talk but I swear to god my gay uncle has never ever made the sounds that any gay guy makes in a movie or any tv show.
They are obviously misrepresented and this creates confusion in the future and actual society, which increases ignorance, rejection and misconceptions of what being gay is.
Little breaking news, South American writers: You’re gay if you like the same sex. That’s all. Everything else may be way more confusing. Demi, trans, Ac, Poli, Pan, Genderfluid, yeah…everything else may be level two for you…but let’s start with the basics: NO NEED FOR STEREOTYPES.
The second example that I can bring to this table is the one from another soup opera in my country called “A mano limpia” in this soup opera the kids from a bad economic situation were learning how to box. One of the girls in the story was a lesbian and despite the fact that the self-realization was portrayed as something suitable for certain people, the reaction was the one that is always shown in every part of the media itself. She was rejected, the girl she had a crush on didn’t want to be touch by her or be friends anymore, people bullied her and asked her to be normal.
Tho this is a reality, I do not see why it has to be portrayed like that in every single scenario.
Coming to think about it, most of the things I found when looking for lesbian stories was rather the same. I remember I started to wonder if I would ever be happy if I was a lesbian.
I feel that the way the lesbians are portrayed in the media is a scary way, not only to show what it is to realize it but to always show that they suffer a lot.
And not to be a horrible person but after a hard day of work sometimes I wish there was a lesbian comedy to laugh with. You know, like F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or like two an a half men.
I also wish that queer characters were not only presented in a special episode, as an extra character or as a fucking joke.
There got to be more than just sadness in a lesbian life, more than rejection and bullying. And if there is no more than that…then why not to create an example of what it should be?
There’s this catholic show where they present stories that twist reality so that every time, no matter how horrible the situation is, the people receive divine revelations, understanding of their mistakes and then they live a happy life because of the virgin’s and god’s power.
Sometimes my grandma is watching the show at dinner time and I watch it to have a light and respectful giggle because of the way the stories are built. However, I consider that it is a good way to show something that they want to happen and at some point it starts affecting people’s mind. You know? People start considering and there is always a lot of people who say that god changed their life.
So why not show the same for queer people? A healthy example of what society should be.
And for god’s sake a show where a queer couple can have a normal life where things happen to them instead of a bunch of scenes where they just sneak out to kiss or suffer because they are…whatever they are.
Those who have seen my art know that many times I draw characters talking, holding hands or just having an ice cream. But there was this time where I drew them just watching tv and somebody told me that it was not lesbian enough. Where big news: Queer people don’t spend their every second together exchanging saliva.
Society surely needs to take off the straight glasses.
Why are there people who get mad at the slash/fandoms? It is obvious that we are misrepresented and that apparently every main character on a screen is straight and has a binary gender identity.
Well, second breaking news: We want to be represented. We don’t want to be a joke. We do not want to be censored.
How is it that we have a straight couple having sex in the middle of every scary movie, but we can’t have korra kissing Asami at the end of The legend of korra? The flawless logic of this is still a mystery to me.
Another example is steven universe, they are doing amazing in the rainbow representation but people still question it. I mean, two weeks ago I had this chat with my friend because he didn’t accept that Pearl has romantic feelings for Rose.
So if I say: If we have a male character saying he’d risk his life for a woman, then we are sure that he’s madly in love with her but if we have a girl doing the same for another girl, they are just best friends? Really? That’s how it works universe?!
Straight glasses alert, please take them off.
Thus, as you see… the frustration is big, we get teased by the writers, laugh at, we get call twisted and disturbing when we create any kind of slash but to be honest…we have more than enough reasons to do it and it will keep increasing, I think, until we have enough representation.
This is why I love and support slash…you know, just making the world a bit more fair. One drawing at the time.