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Fandom [Aug. 4th, 2007|12:12 pm]
Tony Grist
Fandom- I don't get it.

Why would you want to mess with someone else's characters when you can create your own?

Does J.K. Rowling take pleasure in badly written stories about her characters having sex?  I doubt it.  Why- If you admire and enjoy her work - would you want to disrespect her so? 

Isn't "fan" a bit of a misnomer?

But lets move from the general to the specific. An artist just got banned by LJ because of an image she posted of Harry and Snape.

Only the banning seems ineffective because she's bounced back and the image is viewable. (I'm not giving links. I don't want to give her any more publicity than she's getting already).

I clicked. I was expecting an image of them kissing. Boy, was I in for a surprise.

The characters were clearly modelled on Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman. Isn't this defamation of character or libel of something?

Even more to the point:  British comedian Chris Langham is about to go to prison for downloading images which (I assume ) are comparable to this. 

So- forget morality- LJ needs to guard itself against prosecution.

But I don't want to forget morality. You take characters from a beloved children's book and you produce an image of them that any paedophile would be proud to own (you can quibble over whether Harry looks underage or not if you want to be legalistic and miss the point) and  I can't think of any grounds on which I'd be prepared  to defend you.

A lot of fans are up in arms and banging on about censorship.  I just watched a video of a girl give a little self-righteous speech then attempt to burn her LJ shirt with a blow torch .  Fine. Off you trot to some less scrupulous site and good luck to you!  As it happens, I'm perfectly happy to see you go.
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[User Picture]From: elfwreck
2007-08-05 12:25 am (UTC)
This may seem like an oblique reply.

But I do think we should think about how we will present to others who are looking up to us.

In my religion, the erotic is sacred. Holy. Sex is the highest and most divine act a human can participate in.

A violent rape is a desecration of a sacred act. And it's also a reminder, that even the most depraved and psychotic of humans reaches out for that touch of sanctity, desires the divine spark that's the core of human sexuality.

Removing the sexuality from violence, from friendships, from a child's self-awareness while growing up, in our fic or our art, is profaning it. Is removing it from higher purpose, or its possibility of connection to sanctity.

It's only by teaching children to perceive and value the erotic, that they can know what a travesty rape is, that they can understand why it's more of a violation than a stabbing.

And while they shouldn't be flooded with images they can't understand, or led to believe all manifestations are appropriate in all settings--and therefore, need carefully restricted access to some materials--they can't understand sexuality if it's all kept away from them.

And we can't teach them the difference between "a violation" and "a choice" if we don't know it ourselves. Can't teach them the difference between "a mental illness" and "a fantasy--fun to think about but not to do" and "a fantasy OK to be played out between consenting adults" and "a thought to be carried out in real life" if we aren't aware ourselves what those differences are.

I have to be a filter for my children's experiences. In order to do that, I need a much broader awareness than I want them to have.
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