Question: what are your feelings about fanfic that eroticizes rape? I really want other people's opinions on this, to see if it changes my perspective at all.
I posted about this at some length a few weeks back, but I just keep coming back to it because it's an issue that's festering so bad in the Sherlock fandom right now. I also keep coming back to it because I seem to be in the rather despised minority on this issue. That is to say, I'm not really okay with fanfic that eroticizes rape, especially when it eroticizes underage rape, and I don't feel like I ought to be okay with it. I was shocked and, frankly, a bit appalled by that aspect of the Sherlock fandom when I first entered it, because there'd been almost no eroticized rape in the X-Files fandom (at least not in MSR fic) and I couldn't believe that people were actually writing it and reccing it and leaving positive feedback on it. Over time I've gotten used to the fact that fanfic involving eroticized rape is fairly common. I've also realized how tricky it would be to disallow that sort of content without creating a dangerous precedent of content restriction.
I'm not saying eroticized noncon should be systematically disallowed. I'm also not saying the people who post such fics should be shamed for it (although there honestly have been times I've wanted to scream 'What the fuck is wrong with you?!" at an author for writing something horrifying). Ultimately I don't think either of those courses of action are the solution to this problem.
I'm just saying that I do see it as a problem. Fiction isn't reality, but it does effect us. Isn't that why people hate Fifty Shades of Grey so much, because it depicts abuse as romantic and kinky? So how can we then turn around and be okay with fanfic that depicts rape as hot? It just doesn't make any sense to me.
- it is the wank that never ennnds, it just goes on and on my friennnnds!