Why Slash

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Like the proverbial salmon swimming upstream, there comes a time in every metafan's life when they feel compelled to return to the Ultimate Question: but why slash?[1]

Fans sometimes refer to this perennial wondering as "why slash" or "The Why Slash Debate" or simply "the why slash", and answers are as varied as fen [2].

The longer one is in fandom, the shorter one's response to this question becomes, often shrinking from vast multipost entries to "Because two men = hot".

The persistence of the "why slash?" debate, while no equivalent existential soul-searching exists for "why het?" (rather than specific ship manifestos for favorite pairings), reflects the idea that being a slasher is a question of identity and self-definition for some slash readers, rather than just a reading and/or pairing preference in a fandom.

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  1. Slash Theory metabib 2005-04-22, (Accessed 2008-11-03)
  2. Why I like slash. Tough question, plain answers. the_dark_twin 2004-10-09, (Accessed 2008-11-03)