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RPF - just stop doing it.
that_khyber
Edit: And this is why I wasn't gonna do this. Comments have been locked, I didn't mean to make previous comments invisible, though. If someone can tell me how to lock comments while still showing existing ones please do.

Edit 2: Okay, I'm "screening" comments but I'm just going to not post them. That works.

I said I wasn't gonna do this whole getting-involved-in-LJ-discussions thing, and I haven't the background or vocabulary to do lit-crit.

So, instead of trying to lay out some sort of incrementalist argument,  I'm retreating to my gut feeling, which I admit is a conservative tendency in itself, and raising the old atxc flag of complete intolerance for RPF (there, I've admitted I'm being conservative AND intolerant.)

I read RPF, and I go "hmm... nope. I believe there are things that are objectively wrong. This is one of them, in a small yet spiritually corrosive way, and people should be actively discouraged from doing it."

So I'm discouraging anyone who may be reading this. Please, just stop. If you write good RPF I'm sure you could write better fanfic, stories that wouldn't devalue human identity and incidentally wouldn't creep me out so very, very much.

Maybe I'm too old, maybe I'm culturally too old (more likely), maybe I haven't absorbed enough Noughties celebrity culture to allow myself to dehumanize and abstract another human being into a projection surface simply because they have a public identity.

Jesus Christ, writing porn about Duchovny and his wife? How the fuck is that not wrong?

It's not a very nuanced or maybe even very informed opinion, but it's the one I've got.

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Uh, yeah. Amen. Props to you for posting this.

I admit to a fascination with DD and GA's relationship, without any sex or romance or crap. But I'm ashamed of this fascination, especially when it's manifested in (other people's) fic.

I think one of the greatest things about XF fandom is that RPF was anathema for so long. Unfortunately I think that time has passed.

ETA: maybe I haven't absorbed enough Noughties celebrity culture to allow myself to dehumanize and abstract another human being into a projection surface simply because they have a public identity

This is the key for me. Of course, I'm young enough that this is my culture. But on the other hand, I am both conservative and intolerant, so there you have it.

Edited at 2009-02-19 01:07 am (UTC)

I would just like to point out that you are currently a member of homeby_five, a community that was created in part for the purpose of having somewhere for people to post and read RPF about David and Gillian. I just checked the profile. If you are so opposed to it, why are you still a member? This seems very--contradictory to me.

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