Do your friends/family know you read/write fanfic? I've been reading fic heavily for about 12 years. I'm almost 30. I feel some level of shame/embarrassment every time I bring it up to friends. I partly get off on being secretive about it. That said, I don't see it as anything to be ashamed of. There is so much beautiful writing here! It's really pleasing and sexy and fun! What's up with the stigma?!? Is it mostly about the sex? Is the seeming transgression important in some way? Thoughts?
It is stigmatized largely b/c it is written by women for women. I wish it were more complicated than that, but I don’t think it is. Yes, the sex is part of it, but I really think it is mostly just it being mostly for women.
My family knows I read it. My mom and daughter know I write it. I’m not particularly hiding it or broadcasting it, I guess. It just doesn’t come up much? I think my daughter is probably the one who knows I take it seriously b/c she knows how much time I spend on it, lol.