Slash Fanfiction and Media Representation of the LGBTQ+ Community

Abstract: 

There is a serious lack of popular media that focuses on people other than the hegemonic norm of white, straight, able-bodied, men. Queer media in particular is lacking in representation of queer characters, whose narratives often involve inaccurate and misleading stereotypes [1]. However, there are forms of queer media that are happening outside the main sphere of media production. One of these subcultures is ‘slash fanfiction,’ also referred to as ‘slash.’ This subculture has grown in popularity since the 1960s, but it has not been studied in great detail. To understand the extent to which slash has emerged due to the lack of accurate queer portrayals in the media, this study will analyze data from an online survey of slash readers and writers. Research regarding this subculture, often called a phenomenon, would ultimately help to advance LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and more) people.