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28 September 2004 @ 09:33 am
An introduction--somewhat opinionated, hold onto your butts  
*waves* Hello all. I go by the handle Nabuca online usually. I'm both new and not new...I've been watching this community on and off before I decided to subscribe to it. Got into FMA sometime after Febraury, read both the manga as well as watch the anime. Big supporter of Ed and Winry, as well as Roy and Riza, because yes I must do the whole cliche "My favorite pairings are blah blah blah!!!1one"

Where someone to really ask me what my favorite pairings are, or if I'm a supporter of yaoi/shonen ai, or yuri/shoujo ai, you'd might as well ask me if I'm into romance novels or something. I really seem to lack what alot of fans have, and thats the understanding of the huge hype over same-sex pairings, more specifically same sex pairings between two males. It really makes me wonder if this is merely the result of the fact that current modern-day thought--to be more specific--the U.S. culture in general, is highly repressed. The U.S. in and of itself was founded on very strict Puritanical principles. Not only was homosexuality highly discouraged for a long time in history, or more specifically U.S. history, so has sexuality in general. Now that times are starting to change, I find people, mostly young females, latching onto the whole homosexual phenomenon like rebellious teens after a bottle of their father's booze. And I make this metaphor because, for example, in Europe drinking laws (and depending on where you are, NO drinking laws), are far more lax there than in the U.S. And yet still there are far-less alcohol-induced crimes there than in the U.S. I was raised by an Irish Roman Catholic household, the laws against me drinking where very lax within family circles, and yes although I've done my fair share stupid things under the influence, I've always taken responsibility afterwards, and I've never really seen alcohol as such a big deal as most kids around me did. By the same token, I myself am a transgendered bisexual male (FtoM). All of my decently-sized circle of friends I surround myself with are gay or lesbian, with the exception of one. All of us seem also to not grok the hype over same-sex pairings in anime fandoms, unless of course such pairing is already present, or hinted at such. I used to think that this was a thing mostly common with straight young females, but then I am also under the understanding that either a.) older, or b.) gay/lesbian females and males share this hype too, but as I understand it those numbers are a bit fewer. I've watched the pattern of same-sex pairing fans in the GWing fandom, and I'm noticing similar patterns in the growing FMA-fandom as well. Though personally...I am of the opinion that FMA as a whole really is NOT condusive to same-sex pairings. Then again I'm not a romance-novel type person either, just in general. I've written a small handful of shonen ai fics back in the day. I'm not sure if I pulled it off right, and I notice most people who do, don't seem to pull it off right either, but then again I'm really not one to judge that, so I generally avoid it altogether with a few exceptions. At any rate, it really seems to me like the whole "must pair the prettyboys together"-thing has gotten so out of hand in recent years. Its as if some people are desperate enough to pair someone with anyone or anything with a phallus...OMG EdxTree-stump!!!11

Now...understand that just because I don't agree to something or subscribe to a certain thought, does not mean that I don't respect other people's right to agree with a certian thing or subscribe to that thought. This rant is merely a musing over what I see as a common trend that has flared up over the past several years. It also expresses my wish to participate in some more refreshing lines of conversation...I found loyalwolf108's informative post a rather refreshing change from the usual talk and banter that goes on in fandom communities. For one thing, I've always had an invested interest and fascination with Hermetic Philosophy or alchemy (I found myself very intrigued when I first discovered FMA's exhistence), and it would be interesting to see more discussion on the alchemical symbolism in FMA or the poetic licensing that goes on in the series versus real-world alchemy and alchemical principles. This is assuming that not many conversations of like have gone on already, and I am merely too daft to have seen it, or merely too busy with stuff outside of the glowing computer monitor, as what tends to happen frequently.

At any rate, I'm done. I feel as if I've rambled like a homeless wino, and perhaps I have, though in all reality I'm merely just waking up and waiting for the caffeine in my coffee to slam my system. I will, therefore, go back to lurking, and nursing my skull. Somedays I feel like a flaming zeppelin fell down onto my head.

>.>...

Yes.

~Nabuca
 
 
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Ananomoreprinces on September 28th, 2004 10:16 am (UTC)
I think a lot of the appeal of yaoi/s-ai goes a lot deeper into the female pysche than the average person thinks about.

True a lot of the fans who are the most vocal are young, maybe in their mid-late teens. Then there are those like me who are in the mid-range in life. I'm in my late 20s approaching 30 on the horizon and those in my circle of association are of the same age or same mindset. Yaoi/s-ai takes on a whole different set of thinking when you're on this end of the fandom.

A common thread I see among my peers of older women is that the appeal of yaoi isn't just the artistic value of seeing two beautifully drawn men together intimately. Yes there is that, but there's also the fact that we (and I'm talking from a fic writer's persepective here) can step into the minds of these men and try to come to an understanding of why they do the things they do. Try to find a meaning for the crap they pull and why they have to make things so difficult. In my circle we've all been jilted pretty harshly by men. Broken marriages, vicisous fighting, infidelity. Harshly learned life lessons that happen later in life. Yaoi/s-ai allows us to see men in a more appreciative light. It gives us control over men, and allows us to see them the way we want to see them.

Yes at this point it becomes more harlequinn based, but for women who have been through the ringer with lousy men, it's a much needed healing process.

You have no idea how many of my friends adore and agree with the icon I have now. It was a joke, but it holds true. The reason why these animated men are so much better is because we can make them exactly who we want our men to be. True it flies in the face of accepting reality, but who wants to be there? :p
breakin' through the door: Hawkeye - Thunderbirdmiss_arel on September 28th, 2004 11:40 am (UTC)
Amen to that, sister. Amen to that.
heliwood on September 28th, 2004 12:20 pm (UTC)
Hmm..
I dunno...I'm rather addicted to reality myself. Though in some cases in my life, "reality" is subjective..*chuckles darkly*
kuromitsu: Mittermeyerkuromitsu on September 28th, 2004 03:20 pm (UTC)
Amen, amen! (And your icon is absolutely true, and I love it. I've been meaning to tell you that for a long time, but I always forgot. ^^;;)