I’ve stopped reading most of the articles about m/m romance that pop up in mainstream media now and again, because almost every one make me think I’ve read it before. 20+ times. It’s as if none of the people writing them ever go check if someone else already wrote an article about it. And that they should maybe put their own spin on it.
Anyway, without further ado, here is my list of the top ten crucial points that they apparently need to include in an article about m/m romance when the audience is mostly people who don’t know it exists. See how many you can mark off next time you read one!
Article writer acts like they’ve discovered some massive secret in an obscure corner of the Internet that’s sure to leave the readers aghast.
Imparts the astounding news that stories about men having sex with each other are written by women.
Ignores the fact that there are any men at all who are readers or writers of the genre.
Discusses slash fanfiction without mentioning any pairing more recent than Kirk and Spock (Original series era.)
Quotes a particularly cringe worthy bit from a not very well written book. Or a bit from a good one that still manages to sound freaky out of context. (Bonus points if it’s a spoiler of a key plot point of that book!)
Illustrates the piece with the most outrageous m/m book covers they can find. (Okay, I love this cover for its crackiness. But it’s undeniably outrageous.)
Interviews one of the female writers and patronisingly remarks on how normal and mumsy she looks.
Article tone very snide, with a strong whiff of “OMG, those crazy wimminz”
Entirely ignores any serious discussion topics or critiques of the genre, like fetishization or appropriation.
Concludes by conceding that hey, different strokes for different folks. But leaves it clear to the readers that the article’s writer thinks these bitches are crazy.