Putting it up because I think it applies to a number of things.
In regards to this post: alexds1.tumblr.com/post/163302…
I think a number of things in regards to what the OP was saying were seriously taken out of context. I'm also going to say upfront that I don't really watch the Sherlock show, and, yes, I am fine with slash and femmeslash and all that on many occasions. That being said, I find their post, despite it being geared towards the SH fandom, to be incredibly applicable with a number of fandoms. While reading their post, I never once got the vibe the OP was saying anything remotely close to "slash is bad" or "asexuality is bad" or "you're not a real fan if you didn't read the original Holmes books." To be honest, I don't think they were even saying (or even implying), "you're a shitty fan if you like slashing these characters and you like porn of them."
Honestly, I think the main point of their post wasn't you're not a real fan if you enjoy porn or slash and you're a terrible human being.
If anything, I think the main point was that so, so
many people are caught up in pairings, the potential of romantic relationships between characters, sex, and general shipping arguments and debates about sexuality (that may not even exist) that, as a result, many people end up overlooking
and even forgetting
the point of Sherlock Holmes, the sheer magnificence of his intellect and deductive capabilities
, and the world he inhabits in favor of tearing each other down in favor of arguing about
"no he loves irene
no he loves watson
no ur wrong he wants to fuck them both
no hes asexual it's so obvious
no theyre gonna have a threesome
no omg stop hes not gay stoppit"
I don't even -watch- SH and I've seen more arguments of this show up on my dash than I can care to count. Also, for those saying things like, "the OP clearly has an issue with slashing" or "the OP just doesn't want the fandom ruining SH with gay," I'm pretty sure the OP clearly stated and included that, "If you want to use this information to prove that Holmes is asexual, you are missing the entire goddamn point. He exists to illustrate the completely rational man: a human machine with only one function. Reading this and thinking about his sexuality is like reading Moby Dick and theorizing about the whale's sexuality."
As in, it's not just about "the gay," you guys.
The OP seems to be referring to the fanbase's shipping tendencies in general by mentioning asexuality, homosexuality, Irene addler's role as a "cut-and-paste" woman, etc. To single the OP out just for hating on slash seems a bit ridiculous imo.
The fact that people are automatically jumping on this person for this post and claiming "theyre just made because they dont like slash" or "they think shippers and porn will ruin their preshus fandom" only serves to reinforce what they were saying to begin with about people putting pairings, sex, and shipping above all else and responding with venom and anyone who says otherwise (and other fans), and is in itself highly problematic. You don't want to be viewed as "crazed shippers" yet how a number of people misread what the OP was saying and responded with anger, accusation, and venom only seems to demonstrate the opposite and how desperately and obsessively people get caught up in shipping and pairings to begin with.
Liking pairings isn't bad, and liking porn isn't necessarily bad. I mean, if you're turned on, you're turned on, and sometimes that can't really be helped. And a number of people can be shippers and like porn and still appreciate the intellectual and rich qualities of the works without regressing into bickering animals and turning supposed theories of sexuality into "srs business."
But at the same time, I can't help but agree with what's being said here, mostly because I find that what the OP was saying is all to easily applicable to so many fandoms out there. Basically, that people often get so caught up in fighting and analyzing and arguing over what pairings or romances may or may not be probable that they focus more on "which character is paired with which" or their status as "X character's boyfriend or Y character's girlfriend" rather than the character as a personality unto themselves and the many other fantastic elements of the universe inhabited by said character. It's no longer enjoying the characters for who
or the fantastic world they inhabit
for any fantastic elements they or it might contain. Instead, it becomes not appreciating a character for "who" they are and where they are, but instead for who they're paired with
and their sexualities.
To sum up: There may be a slim chance that I'm wrong, but I don't believe it's necessarily slash and porn the OP has issues with so much as they're having issues with fans of the series putting "supposed" theories of sexuality and pairings over everything else and completely forgetting other aspects of Holme's character that don't have to do with shipping or sex. Basically, they spend far, far more time tearing each other down and arguing over sexuality and shipping far more than focusing on actual personalities, the universe, the setting, the deductive elements, etc. Basically, the things that help make so many fictional works unique to begin with.
But that's how I'm seeing it.