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This is partly informed by [livejournal.com profile] nestra's recent post on kinks and squicks, but it's also informed by the SGA AU fic race debate (scroll through), by the SPN incest debate that happened around the same time, by a very interesting dilemma in [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija's LJ, by Strikethrough 2007 and Boldthrough 2007, and by lots of other things floating around.

It's also inspired by many conversations with [livejournal.com profile] vom_marlowe largely concerning manga tropes and Cool Bits, especially since I have been promising her to post on this for months and months.

I've been thinking a lot about kinks and squicks and personal politics in the past few months: the (sometimes) uncontrollable nature of what turns me on and squicks me out, the way institutions of oppression can play into these personal turn-ons and turn-offs, how my own squicks and kinks have changed over the years, and the responsibilities (if there are any) of the reader/viewer/consumer of texts.

As such, this isn't specifically a commentary on racialized fantasies or SPN or manga or any one thing, though it'll probably touch on a lot of them.

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