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‘Dogfuck rapeworld’: Omegaverse fanfiction as a critical tool in analyzing the impact of social power structures on intimate relationships and sexual consent

Popova, Milena

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Milena Popova



Abstract

© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This article examines the Omegaverse–a subgenre of sexually explicit fanfiction–and its engagement with issues of socially constructed power differentials and sexual consent. I argue that sexually explicit fanfiction, and the Omegaverse in particular, can be used as a critical tool to examine the relationship between power and consent in accessible ways which allow for affective, emotional and intellectual engagement with these issues. I approach the Omegaverse as a body of work marked by intertextuality, where individual stories are in dialogue with not only the source material but also each other and with writers and readers’ knowledge of the real world. I apply sexual script theory to the analysis of three Omegaverse fanfiction stories to examine how such stories articulate and explore disjunctures between sexual scripts at the socially and culturally mediated, interpersonal and individual levels. I draw from theories of sexual consent and insights from Fan Studies to show how the Omegaverse offers strategies for negotiating meaningfully consensual intimate relationships within wider power structures and dominant sexual scripts.

Citation

Popova, M. (2018). ‘Dogfuck rapeworld’: Omegaverse fanfiction as a critical tool in analyzing the impact of social power structures on intimate relationships and sexual consent. Porn Studies, 5(2), 175-191. https://doi.org/10.1080/23268743.2017.1394215

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 2, 2017
Online Publication Date Feb 9, 2018
Publication Date Apr 3, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 3, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 17, 2017
Journal Porn Studies
Print ISSN 2326-8743
Electronic ISSN 2326-8751
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 2
Pages 175-191
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/23268743.2017.1394215
Keywords sexual consent, fan fiction, Omegaverse, sexual scripts, romance, pornography
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/864001
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1080/23268743.2017.1394215
Additional Information Additional Information : This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1080/23268743.2017.1394215.

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