Ever so slightly longer but not quite as thick
|Title:||Ever so slightly longer but not quite as thick: Toward a quantitative literary sexology of Harry Potter fanfiction|
|Date(s):||Some time before 2006-02-26|
|Fandom:||Harry Potter, all fanworks|
|External Links:||http://archiveofourown.org/works/811963 Ever so slightly longer but not quite as thick]|
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Ever so slightly longer but not quite as thick is meta in the form of a research paper analyzing the effect of fanon on characters reported penis size.
Abstract and notes from the article itself
Discussion regarding fanfiction tropes produced the observation that in one subset of Harry Potter fanfiction, "Harry/Draco slash" [HDS], Harry has a short, thick dick, while Draco's penis is long and thin. We tested the hypothesis that there was a consistent difference in how these two characters' genitalia were described. Additionally, we tested the hypothesis that slash fiction authors in this subset of fandom did not place equal emphasis on the description of testicles as compared with penii. We surveyed 100 HDS stories in online fanfiction archives and collected data on sexual description and content. Here we present the first quantitative test of fanon stereotypes and show that these explicitly sexual stories contain low levels of visual/sensory genital descriptions. Qualitative comparisons demonstrate trends in support of both hypotheses, although sample sizes prevent statistical significance. We use these findings to discuss how fanon may develop despite the incorrect assumption of perceived ubiquity.
About the authors: Professor Blythe Lee (PhD, FRS) is Chair of Magi-Political Studies at the University of London, London, UK.
HRM Circe Tigana is Pirate Queen-in-Residence at the Royal Veela Institute, London, UK.
This is not the usual kind of Meta Essay, it is a semi-serious research paper including a survey of 100 Harry/Draco stories for mention of genitals and comparative descriptions thereof, including tables, charts and the AO3 commenter favorite, a Chi-square measurement The effect is crackfic for grad students.
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