Hello, prospective future Yuletide writer! Thank you in advance for the fic you are about to embark on.
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If, instead of normalizing the existence of fics that portray noncon and underage, we make these themes taboo, if we pathologize them, if we require noncon works to be kept in a separate archive, if we insist that it be labeled with derogatory terms like “rapefic,” then what will happen is that writers who think that their work has “a bit of dubcon” in it will not tag it as such, in the hopes that it will fly under the radar and they won’t be banished to the leper colony with the filthy rapefic fans. This will have results that neither the responsible creators and consumers of noncon, nor the people who dislike it and categorically oppose it, want: that someone who doesn't want to see noncon will see it.
I wrote the above paragraph close to a year ago, and my predictions are already coming true. I have seen noncon and underage fanworks being posted without appropriate tags and warnings. Some of these inadequately tagged fics are being posted by the same people who accused me and my fellow gender politics panelists of being rape apologists and pedophiles. The creators of these works defend them as being somehow different than the works the so-called rape apologists create, because they themselves were underage when they drew the fanart or wrote the fic, or because the work features the right” pairing, or the “right” kind of non-consensual situation, or because they don’t “eroticize” the noncon aspect, or because there’s a sufficient amount of comfort to offset the hurt, or for any number of other reasons.
Patreon reward tiers have been revamped and bulked up! For everyone pledging $10 or more, there are stacking bonus rewards for all the months after your first -- and everyone pledging over $10 is guaranteed a free BICP cameo thrown in.
Milestone goals are new too. I've decided not to hold off on the Leif & Thorn sneak preview -- so look out for that to be posted in a few days. To replace it as the $50/month milestone, I'll draw a romantic pinup...of whichever two characters patrons vote for. (Will this lead to a crack crossover pairing? Only time will tell.)
If just 5 more people chip in with at least $5/month, we'll reach this one!
Also new: the promise of a BICP bonus story if we hit $100/month. And of course, there'll be a new wallpaper available at the turn of the month.
And hey, followers, are there any other rewards you would find particularly...motivating? Comment here and let me know!