A small piece of advice for easier reading: it's good to know that you can change the look of the page to suit your needs of the moment. Apart from the functions on your machine FFN provides extra possibilities on the story pages. Look at the little row of symbols near the top, they can change the look of the page, like the size of the font (that’s the letter the text is written in), the font itself, the width of the text over the page and the best feature of all (for me that is): the contrast switch. It switches the page from black text on a white page to white text on a black page. It’s much easier on the eyes and when you’re reading right before you go to bed it makes it easier to go to sleep after, especially if you adjust the brightness of the screen as well.
I love good and long stories and I'm thrilled when I find another fanfic gem. My favorite stories are varied, because I don't have my preferences set in stone, though I have developed some dislikes over time, like the Harry/Ginny pairing. For me a good plot is most important, good writing and good grammar are next and when originality is involved it gets even better. And I discovered my love for slash stories! Turns out slash fans and -authors are very often men-loving women. I’m told most fanfiction slash stories are considered rather vanilla by gay men and therefore not very sought after by gays. Though there are some very good gay authors who write awesome slash stories!
In contrast to what many people would like to believe, life and everything that entails, isn’t black and white. People aren’t usually 100% attracted to the opposite gender, it’s a gliding scale. Sometimes people only like their own gender, sometimes they only like the other gender and a lot of times it’s somewhere in between. Is that wrong? No, I don’t think so because it’s how you're born. And if you believe all life has meaning because your god creates all life you should be able to accept that. Your god must be OK with it, otherwise that person wouldn’t have been created now would they? This is a list I found here on FFN on the profile of Lovefremione:
For those who want the definition, LGBBTQIAAP stands for:
•L: Lesbian. Women attracted to women.
•G: Gay. Men attracted to men.
•B: Bisexual. People attracted to both sexes.
•B: Bigender. People who internally identify themselves as sometimes male or sometimes female regardless of their outward physical gender (not to be confused with intersex, see definition below).
•T: Transgender. People who identify as the opposite sex internally as opposed to the body they are born into, whether male to female (MTF) or female to male (FTM).
•Q: Questioning. People still working out who they are attracted to.
•I: Intersex. People born into bodies that are not clearly, or only, male or female; hermaphrodites.
•A: Asexual. People who just aren’t that into sex with anybody.
•A: Allies. Straight people who support the XXXX community.
•P: Pansexual. People attracted to others by individual personality, not gender.
My addition to this list: Non-binary Transgenders: People who identify themselves as neither man nor woman. They prefer to be addressed with gender neutral terms like them, they and their.
Guess I’m an ally then; I fully support people who don’t fall into the heterosexual norm most of the world want to impose on all. People can’t be defined by who they are attracted to, there are so many other aspects to one’s personality that have to be taken into account too. You’re blindsiding yourself when you judge based on only one aspect.
I found this little gem on the internet and think you’ll love this as much as I do:
In her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance.
The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, written by a US man, and posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:
Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination ... End of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God's Laws and how to follow them.
1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?
6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?
7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?
8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14) I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I'm confident you can help.
Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
Your adoring fan.
James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus, Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education University of Virginia PS (It would be a damn shame if we couldn't own a Canadian)
During the existence of this site, the admins of this site create havoc every few years (the last big purge was mid 2012) by initiating major witch hunts on stories that are in some way violating the ToS. Their modus operandi is ruthless: delete first, give notice afterwards. That goes for everything, even minor offences like having a summary that’s not K-rated on a T-rated story. But, in their defence, some users are clearly in the wrong. The fact that stories can’t be rated MA doesn’t mean content like that falls under the M-rating.
I like to read those stories too, but please publish them somewhere else, there’s enough choice in other sites with more protection for young kids in place. Here, on probably the biggest site on the internet, these stories are not safe.
On her page here Toki Mirage wrote the following which I’d like to quote:
"In regards to FFNET getting up in arms about porn and violence on the website…
Funny fact, for anyone who’s interested. I met someone in the industry that told me why FFNET is so against smut. Advertisers. Competitors for companies like Ford, for example, apparently take screen shots of these ads displayed next to smutty bits of writing and send them in as “complaints,” saying things like “I’m horrified that your company is being represented in this way, blah blah…” Scandal. So that’s a mystery solved for me. You can now blame ads for all your problems. ADS, the pandemic, a literary version of AIDS that strives to attack your stories in their deepest, darkest recesses…”
So… a non-commercial site has a lot going for them in this light! When you have ‘smutty bits of writing’ publish those on a site like Archive of Our Own (AO3). The site is fan-driven and not commercial. Read their ToS and you’ll see your stories are safer there. Also, they’re not 'selling' your data to other commercial parties like ‘some’ commercial sites do! And things I like best: when there are problems, like story piracy or other abuse the admins react fast as lightning to do what they can to solve the problem. Also, they publish a monthly newsletter that keeps you informed about the goings on at the site. Or if you're really good and publish regularly, you could approach Jeconais for your own space on his site fanficauthors (dot) net. Also not commercial and you'd have some pretty impressive authors as your neigbours.
I've got an account on AO3 under the same name as here and I've been collecting wonderful stories there as well. Check out my profile there if you're interested. And did you know authors get a message from FFN when you favorite/follow them or their stories giving them your name and profile link? So, tell the authors about it if you liked their story.
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