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Although the pairing had been utilized from the beginning, after the airing of [[1.22 Devil's Trap]] on May 4th 2006 significantly more [[John/Dean]] fanworks appeared (possibly due to the chemistry between Dean and the possessed John). [[John/Sam]] is rarer, but not unknown. Both pairings often explore issues of authority and consent.
Due Possibly due to its emphasis in canon on emotions and relationships in canon, Supernatural has become became one of the major slash fandoms in 2006-2007. Over the last two years Supernatural fiction has evolved to include all possible genres, also, because its . Its canon holds significant sci-fi and fantasy elements that can be easily adapted to suit any kind of universe created by the author.
With its main pairing already transgressing society's norms, Supernatural seems a confident fandom that is ready to explore every flavor of sexuality. See [[Crack]].
In general, fandom scholars agree (Jenkins, Brooker, Bacon Smith) that slash was introduced with Kirk/Spock homoerotic fan fiction in the early to mid-70s in Star Trek fandom. The name "slash" fiction comes from the / between the names of the pairing in fan fiction, and was also presumably coined in Star Trek fiction. Even though initially timidly introduced and confronted with ideas of masculinity and heroism, "slash" gained a wider audience over the years.
Much has been said about why fans (a great percentage the majority of them women) write slash fiction, and it always stands in relation to the concept of slash fiction itself.
Camilla Bacon-Smith understood slash fiction as a way of helping women deal with traumatic love relationships, giving slash the prospect of being by utilizing a non-threatening, non-aggressive form of male sexuality as means of comfort. The notion that fans write slash as means of theraphy therapy and to write about their own hurt and their need for tenderness seems quite antiquated today, and has been openly opposed by fans and akafans acafans alike for decades.
In the mid-80s, a couple of some scholars, with most notably Henry Jenkins as the leading man, introduced the idea of slash fiction as a possible reaction to straight-male heterosexual pornography, ; that it was a form of fiction liberating itself from gender hierarchy and genderized images. This form of transgression is also often cited as one of the joys of writing slash fiction.
The transgression of gender in slash fanfiction has also posed a raised question that is as vibrantly discussable still today, namely wheter to whether or not slash fiction slashed characters are should be considered gay, or rather have their own sexuality fluent between male and female characteristics.
Jenkins furthermore is was the first academic to define slash not as merely concerned with representations of sexuality: "Slash is not so much a genre about sex as it is a genre about the limitations of traditional masculinity and about reconfiguring male identity."<sup>Jenkins, Henry (1992), S. 191</sup> Furthermore, the emphasis of sex is identified in its emotional quality.
Over the last 15 years, with the introduction emerging and widespread use of the internet to the equation, increased visibility of and a much broader fan base finding fan fiction and slash fiction on the internetparticipation in fandom, as well as the change of social matters in the worldchanges, fans have become bolder in describing their enjoyment of slash. While a whole generation older generations of slash writers prided themselves with on belonging to a sub-culture, inventing a new form of pornography and transgressing gender lines (and being generally very conscious about all this), a new generation of writers has joined slash fandom. This new generation finds itself in a more slash-friendly environment as per-se, and seems understandably a bit more confident about writing erotic fiction, often claiming that they write slash, mainly because it's mainly a turn on to see two men fuck.
Transgression and recontextualization (see Jenkins, 1992) still seem to play a part, but this new confidence (fueled by generally more acceptance of both female sexuality and lesbian, gay, bi and transgendered people in our Western society) often reduces the feelings of shame slash-fiction authors and readers might of slash fanfiction may have experienced in the past. Nowadays, slash seems to be a very public, very well-known chapter of fan involvement.
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