Raythe says …
I was scrolling down my Facebook feed and I saw a ton of Naruto slash. I am not familiar with this anime, but man, is there a lot of gay fanfiction written about it.
It made me think about shows and movies that immediately had me feeling that electric spark between two male characters. It also made me wonder why for some characters that tension is there and why in others it isn’t.
So my theories …
What’s A Little Bit of Tenderness?
Whenever men are allowed to show physical tenderness towards one another other than the jokey, slap one on the back, side hug, etc. there is that potential sensual spark. Because it seems so rare that straight men (in the media anyways) allowed to be physically near one another that, if it is done, it signifies something more.
BTW – I’m not saying this is right or how it should be (men should have the full range of physical and emotional intimacy with other men and be completely straight, but this is sometimes a signifier of a slashy couple).
Men who have their most intense relationships with other men. I often think of Spock and Kirk, especially the end of the second of the newest movies where its clear that the person most important to them is each other. The women they date are much lower on the scale of importance. Since the “idealized” romantic relationship is to have your romantic partner be the greatest of importance in your life, this is often a part of what makes a couple slashable. Again, not saying this is what it should be!
Ah, that zing of chemistry between two male leads. The way their gazes lock! The way they smolder at one another! The way they linger over one another! There is evidence that on certain television shows (I’m looking at you, Smallville) there may, in fact, be a conscious effort to physically show desire between the two male characters through gazes alone (since most shows won’t be so bold as to go all the way!)
Now those are just three things, but I know I’m missing a tons more. Write your ideas about what makes a couple slashable below and name your favorite slashy men as well!