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The trope may be used in a first time fic as a plot device where one or more of the characters is seen as unwilling to acknowledge their same-sex desires. Some conduit fic is seen as evidence that the author is unwilling to admit to writing slash: the fairness of this characterization is debatable. Some fans deride the trope as an example of misogyny in fandom because they see the female character as being nothing more than a plot device who is discarded once the slash pair are together. Other fans may see the female character as a self-insert. A conduit fic may also be a way of exploring the idea that the characters in a slash pair are bisexual, which allows for integration of canon het pairings into the slash characterization.
The 2006 Stargate Atlantis story Parsus (alternate link) by scribblinlenore is a story in which Teyla actively initiates being a conduit between John and Rodney, who seemingly cannot be together because of John's concerns around DADT.