I read a blog post today (thanks, Cindy) on Hoyden About Town, “Slash and Teh Magick Testicles of Perspicacity,” which I thought might amuse you:
You don’t even have to know anything about slash to get a few giggles and more than a few eyerolls out of this interview with evolutionary psychologist Don Symons, author of Warrior Lovers: Erotic Fiction, Evolution and Female Sexuality [eta: see comments 1 & 2].
Like all good evolutionary psychologists who focus on gender, Don hasn’t bothered to talk to any actual *whispers* women. Especially not to any women who write and/or study this, erm, *whispers* smut. Because women can’t define their own experience, can’t tell their own stories, can’t have any useful insights into their own motivations. Because women’s fan academia doesn’t really exist in any meaningful sense, not until chest-beaters come along and put their stamp of Knowledge onto it. Because women’s culture is there to be picked apart with tweezers and analysed with a touch of distanced fascination, a modicum of distaste, and a whopping serve of wilful ignorance. For lo, he has Teh Magick Testicles of Perspicacity. Here, let him show you them.
[Followed by video of the Fount of all Knowledge, an evolutionary psychologist without research skills, recorded earlier this year.]
Do read the comments at the end of the post. I learnt some stuff I didn’t know*: Bible slash, Tudor slash… Wow.
* There again I admit to a vast ignorance of slash fiction; I haven’t co-written** a pompous tome on the subject. ** Yep, The Fount co-wrote the book with a woman but gives no acknowledgement of that fact in the interview.