melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote 2017-03-18 04:24 pm (UTC)

Yyyeah, all of this stuff can get really toxic once people start weaponizing it and using it as part of bullying and purity testing. That's part of why I stepped back and posted this poll when I started thinking about how the word was being used in my DW and goodreads circles. And how some of us are probably using it in a much more restricted way than others.

And while I might have used it for broader discussions of fanfic trends, I don't think I would ever use it for an individual fanfic, or even for, like, kindle erotica, if only because the existence of warning & tagging culture means the same normalizing effect isn't there: if the story has a noncon or choose-not-to-warn warning on it, I know going in that the author isn't confusing this with consensual sex or how healthy relationships should work.

That said, as a person who doesn't personally need warnings for a rape scene here or there and is generally down with the hydra trash party, I get really sick and tired (and sometimes just sick) of unexpectedly reading published books that are invested in the normalization of sexual violence and coercion in relationships, and it's useful to have a shorter way to let each other know that's what's up with a book.

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