- a great deal of show creators/writers are aware of fandom and slash. people have been tweeting creators/actors their fanfiction for a really long time.
- also Google is a thing.
- as is the New York Times, TIME, The Guardian and many other news sources.
- fandom and fanfiction is not a secret; the idea that slash is popular among women is not a secret and that involvement with fandom creates loyal fans.
- thus creators and writers will throw little bones to fandom via queerbaiting
- this is sort of bad
- queerbaiting involves fetishizing queerness but never committing to it. queerbaiting is like playing gay chicken, queerbaiting is meant to tantalize but not explore the relationship, queer baiting is the equivalent of telling your friend you care but then screaming loudly as possible NO HOMO
- queerbaiting is not progress
- thank you for letting me use bullet points
First of all, yes to everything. Second of all, if you click that there link, you get gems like this:
Do these people not understand that fanfiction is political in and of itself? Fanfiction, be it slash, het, gen, or variants thereof, is political because it reframes traditional narratives with progressive ideas. It asks “what if Watson had been a woman?” it asks “what if Beauty and her Beast had been men?” it asks, “Why is Slytherin house historically doomed to be disenfranchised by the rest of wizarding society, and how does that reflect on our own culture?” All those things have political contexts and implications.
I don’t want to claim that we *should* write fanfiction because we want to promote a political cause. I don’t pretend that we’re all on the same political sides: we all know well by now that not all writers of slash support gay rights. And I don’t want to imply that diving for slash pearls in a world of vast and glorious subtext is anything to be ashamed of, or that it isn’t rewarding as a means unto its own end.
But I believe that fanfiction, all fanfiction, is transgressive, political, subversive, transformative, whether or not any of us want it to be.