|Location:||shifting and international|
|Type:||fan-run fan con|
|Organization:||Gaylactic Network, The Gaylaxians|
|Founder:||The Gaylaxian Science Fiction Society (GSFS)|
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1990: Con Report
I went to Gaylaxicon, where I was an invited guest. This is a con for Gay people and their friends." I was on several panels. One of the most interesting was one on "why Lesbian women like to see men make it." I found out that even some of the most "feminist" and "politically correct" Lesbians have the same desire to read stories about Gay male relationships Several reasons were given: 1) Lesbians like to read and write stories about any sort of Gay relationship, whether it involves men or women 2) Writing about Gay men puts just a bit of "distance" for a Lesbian writer: writing about Gay women can get just a bit too personal. 3) Many women like to write about men, perhaps to make them more "romantic." I've heard the criticism of slash that "real Gay men don't act this way." This assumes, stereotypically, that all Gay men are obsessed with sex and physical appearance, that no Gay man can bear monogamy or romantic relationships. I know plenty of Gay men, and know this stereotype to be FALSE. Anyway, yet another reason for wanting to read and write about Gay men is to deal with such "women's" topics as rape and incest. A split occured in the panel, between those who were into rape fantasy and those who felt they needed to deal with rape and incest as real and personal issues in their lives. The tension got a bit high at this point. I am one of those people who simply can NOT fantasize about rape. I got the distinct impression that some women like to fantasize about male rape because they can then take the role of the rapist; they can turn the whole scene around and make a man into a sniveling, humiliated victim. I can't relate to this, either.
One rumor to lay at rest: Ellen Kushner was at this con, and she made it clear that SWORDSPOINT is based on her original characters, NOT on any media characters (a popular rumor has it that SWORDSPOINT started as a Bodie/Doyle novel. Not true).Other interesting panels included world-building, Lesbian characters, and a slash workshop. I met more slash fans, including a few Gay male fans. There is an organization called the Gaylactic Network, and they are preparing a special issue of their bulletin, based on slash. I just sent in an article concerning Bodie/Doyle fandom. 
This con was the sixth "Gaylaxicon."