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'Sherlock' Sparks Slash Fiction Craze in China, Conversation About Gay Acceptance


The return of BBC's "Sherlock," starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the famous sleuth and Martin Freeman as his sidekick Watson, has brought on a frenzy of fictionalized, romantic excitement in China. Young women there called "Fu Nv," from the Japanese word "Fujoshi" (literally translated to "rotten women"), identify as lovers of slash fiction arising from television, manga, and video games. Now, Holmes and Watson have caught their attention. The newfound popularity of the show has fueled the fan fiction craze, but has also brought up important questions about the level of acceptance for real-life gay relationships in China. 

Women of China reports:

Despite the fact that Fu Nv are mainly imagining the romantic relationship between men in unrealistic scenarios, it is an indirect implication that these young women can or are at least willing to accept homosexuality. They do not view romantic relationships between men as something against nature or wrong, they perceive it as something beautiful, romantic and even promote it.

Acceptance of homosexuality is a hot issue in the world today. It is worth noting that in countries where responses are noticeably different by gender, women are far more accepting of homosexuality than men, suggested by many social science studies. The rise of groups like "Fu Nv", in a way, reflects how young women in China are changing their opinions on such matters. 

What male-male romance would you like to see in your favorite TV shows and movies? Don the Fu Nv cap and let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Waiting for a typically insane outburst from RICK in 5-4-3-2-1......

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 14, 2014 7:26:56 PM

  2. Umm, yeah, Thor and Loki would be pretty hot. Although there is an awful lot of tension between Iron Man and Captain America, hmmm?

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jan 14, 2014 7:40:05 PM

  3. Renton (Ewan) and Sick Boy (Jonny Lee) in Trainspotting... now that would be hott!

    Posted by: scudpipe | Jan 14, 2014 8:18:38 PM

  4. "Nv" is computer shorthand when using a pinyin IME. It should be romanized as "Nü."

    Posted by: Agog | Jan 14, 2014 9:13:51 PM

  5. Still holding out for Sterek (Stiles and Derek Hale) in "Teen Wolf".

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jan 14, 2014 10:55:47 PM

  6. RICK gets read by a Chinese publication. Love it! And yes RONTEX, that would be very hot.

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 14, 2014 10:57:52 PM

  7. I'm hoping to see in Sherlock's next series Mycroft and Lestrade get together. The actors are up for it, and Mark Gatiss is one of the creators. I hope they go for it to represent a gay relationship but also to represent a bi male in Lestrade (since he was married earlier).

    Posted by: Book | Jan 15, 2014 2:09:29 AM

  8. Dominic Toretto and Luke Hobbs from the Fast and Furious films.

    Posted by: Charles | Jan 15, 2014 8:24:27 AM

  9. 腐女

    Posted by: AJD | Jan 15, 2014 11:36:17 AM

  10. This is old news to Supernatural fans.

    Posted by: JohninBend | Jan 15, 2014 11:48:03 AM

  11. And even older news to Star Trek TOS fans - since slash initially was Kirk and Spock doing the beast with two backs.

    Posted by: YSOSERIOUS | Jan 15, 2014 1:41:45 PM

  12. always thought it would be fun to see a gay version of scarface, with a romance between tony and manny

    cuz miami is one big...just waiting to get...

    Posted by: jaker | Jan 15, 2014 2:28:49 PM

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