1. Gender-evpsych/cogsci researcher and game show contestant Ogi Ogas decides to prove that men’s and women’s desire is hardwired differently, using his Boston Uni credentials to gather material for a book which he’s going to call Rule 34: What Netporn Teaches Us About The Brain.
2. G.E/C.R decides “Hey, we need some juicy naughty data to fudge! But where to get it?”
extensive considerable some almost no pondering and research, G.E/C.R decides “Fanfic! That’s all about slash and kinky sex and stuff, isn’t it? And the chicks dig it. Hurr.”
4. G.E/C.R decides to bypass any and all basic research into fanfic and fanfic communities – this is pop-cogsci, after all – and move straight to a bit of slapdash survey-writin’.
5. Survey starts badly, with a binary gender question, moves on to fave-fandom and sparkly-glitter questions like “which fictional character do you think could be your ideal mate?”, before moving onto questions about drug use, real-life sexual behaviour, personal kinks, masturbation habits, and rape fantasies.
6. G.E/C.R unleashes hastily-written, poorly-thought-out survey on fanfic community, including communities frequented by minors.
7. Fanfic community says “Dude, this isn’t just stupid, it’s stupid and creepy.”
8. Bemused G.E/C.R treats fanfic community, many of whom have more advanced degrees and research knowledge than he does (which, admittedly, is a low bar), like a crowd of unruly, ignorant teenagers. G.E/C.R drops name of Fan Friend, and tries to use status as Homeland Security Fellow to gain credibility.
9. Fanfic community says, “Dude, no“, explaining clearly why.
10. G.E/C.R backpedals, hastily changes some questions after the survey starts, and generally throws up hands in panic.
Extra special points go to kink_bingo co-mod eruthros, who when contacted by Ogi, replied with a reply made of awesome, including this [emphasis is mine]:
And these biological adaptations of sexual behavior, biological differences that you have defined as important, lend support to the “naturalness” of certain categories of sex practice. They mean that heterosexuality is normal and understandable and biologically necessary – after all, evolutionary success can only mean genetic success can only mean only having heterosexual intercourse in the missionary position. They mean that homosexuality and kink practices are not only deviant, queer practices in American culture, but that there are underlying biological reasons for the perception of homosexuality as deviant. They reinforce our position as objects of fascination; they reinforce our political status as secondary citizens; they reinforce violence and certain kinds of violent response against the sexually deviant (“gay panic”). When we are in the DSM, when we are objects of fascination, when we are biologically determined as deviant and queer and perverted, you have taken popular discourses of sexuality and made them concrete and real. And we want to make trouble in those discourses, to point out the problems and the flaws, to stand outside categorization and to make you work to fit us in. We’re not going to do that work for you.
We are operating in discourses with tremendous institutional and institutionalized power – your power, your medicalizing discourses, your determinations of what is natural and normal and what is deviant and unusual and fascinating. The subject position you are trying to retain in your query places you in authority, and places us (women, kinky, queer) as the objects of your fascination, unable to speak for ourselves, and grateful for the slightest hope that someone will speak for us. And so we decline to be interviewed by you; we decline to be the objects of your fascination; we decline to be naturalized; we decline to allow our political project to be cited in support of the very discourses we are trying to question.
For those wishing to catch up on the happenings, check out the Fanlore wiki entry on SurveyFail.