A Guy Named Goo (aguynamedgoo) wrote,
A Guy Named Goo

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Idle Observation

For years I have been in fandoms where female characters only have to be looked at a certain way by the males and before you know it, they're in a family way. Hell, in the past I've done more than my share of contributing to the reproduction of canon characters. Which brings me to my observation about the Hellsing fandom: what is it about Integra that she has to jump through hoops just to get pregnant, and even then there's a 50/50 likelihood that she'll never be able to conceive?

I guess I can see certain things: artificial insemination/in vitro fertilization means that, theoretically, she can retain her status as a virgin and many people are happy with that. Her marrying some guy she probably doesn't really care about eliminates the whole "no sex before marriage" problem. The overwhelming number of fics I have seen where these things happen are good, so I am not complaining at all. In fact, it's the fics where Integra conceives the old fashioned way by getting really drunk and waking up regretful by actually picking Alucard, who she supposedly loves, that usually end up in Mary Sues, so I am really not complaining.

Where I am confused are the sheer number of fics where Integra has various reproductive problems that prevent her from conceiving easily, if at all. This makes it hard because my Integra also has reproductive issues, but if I were to act on that in the realm of fanfiction I would look like I am jumping on the bandwagon, and I really can't explain it. I am sure for a lot of people it's just they look at Integra and decide she's not mommy material, or need a way to introduce their Sue as the Hellsing heir, but for me it's just the way I see it.

Are "Integra's reproductive problems" going to end up becoming fanon? Or is there actually a carefully encoded subliminal message in the canon that says "this woman will never be able to conceive unless she performs all the labors of Hercules, and both hands on the keyboard you horny loser!"? Why am I so confused not that I have finally found a fandom that speculates on the reproductive habits of the female characters as much as I do? Maybe all of this boils down to that I've always thought my thought processes are weird, and it turns out they were perfectly commonplace, just not in the fandoms I belonged in. Maybe this always struck me as a degree of realism that doesn't belong in many anime.

This isn't a rant, per se, or I'd put it on fanficrants. But I am not really complaining about anything, and I really don't want anyone to stop doing what they're doing. If there were a comm called "Idle Fandom Observations" it would probably end up on fandom_wank a lot less often.

But I can't help but wonder, do these people get the same giddy sense of glee that I do whenever they read about Integra going through catalogues of sperm donors, or is that just me? Maybe I don't want to know the answer to that question. It's like finding a letter by your math teacher in the sexual fetish magazine you subscribe to only without the whole thing where you wonder how you can tell everyone without revealing you're a sexual deviant, too. Or something.

Did I ever mention I write 90% of my journal entries on little to no sleep? And to think, somebody (whose name rhymes with Lami) asked me to post more stuff like this.
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