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AND I AM NOT SORRY!

So I went to DePaul University's Celebration of Star Trek symposium this weekend, which was lovely: It was one day and basically half academic conference and half con. So, you know, there were serious panels about stuff and also cosplay and a vending area.

I spoke on two panels, both about Trek fandom; the first on Trek fan history and the second on Reboot fandom. Anyhow in the fan history one I mentioned slash and then another presenter was focused exclusively on the history of K/S, and during Q&A a student said very seriously, "I don't understand slash. Why do people do it? I find it disturbing. Like, is it meant to be funny or what?" To which my immediate response was "No, it's just that women like to get our rocks off too. ... sorry not sorry."

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browngirl
May. 9th, 2016 01:50 am (UTC)
Oh my wow this is awesome!
caitri
May. 9th, 2016 04:58 pm (UTC)
I do find it really telling though that 1) He didn't seem to understand my response, and 2) No one backed me up on this statement. But ah well!
browngirl
May. 9th, 2016 05:20 pm (UTC)
I'm still proud of you for saying it. :)
Some people can't understand that other people like other things. It's very sad and limited of them.
caitri
May. 10th, 2016 05:08 am (UTC)
Upon further reflection, the guy asked a lot of questions in panels phrased such that he was seeking confirmation, and I think it threw him for a loop that I was like "Nope, this is a totally normal interpretation of a relationship as confirmed by decades of reading and writing in fandom. Also, welcome to fandom. And the internet!"
amine_eyes
May. 9th, 2016 07:19 pm (UTC)
Less professional, yes, less accurate, no!

caitri
May. 10th, 2016 05:08 am (UTC)
;)
marthawells
May. 9th, 2016 07:30 pm (UTC)
That's such a weird question, in a lot of ways. It's like the people who ask "why do you read/write fantasy? It's not real!" I never know what to say or what answer they expect or why it would seem rational to ask a question like that.
caitri
May. 10th, 2016 05:08 am (UTC)
Upon further reflection, the guy asked a lot of questions in panels phrased such that he was seeking confirmation, and I think it threw him for a loop that I was like "Nope, this is a totally normal interpretation of a relationship as confirmed by decades of reading and writing in fandom. Also, welcome to fandom. And the internet!"
avictoriangirl
May. 9th, 2016 09:52 pm (UTC)
GO YOU. ♥
caitri
May. 10th, 2016 05:08 am (UTC)
<3
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