I'm not going to lie, I used to hate slash.
I don't know why, maybe it creeped me a bit, but whatever was going on in my head I avoided the stuff whenever possible. I've never been a homophobe (because it's basic human rights, people can have relationships with whoever the hell they want as long as it's consensual both ways) but the main reason I avoided fandom for so many years is because it's saturated
with gratuitous gay porn, and I didn't want to deal with sifting though all that to find the stuff I wanted.
And then I tripped and fell into the Sherlock fandom.
I dipped a toe or two in the comms. I scrolled very quickly past all the slash (can't complain, it's Sherlock Holmes and that
particular fandom is decades old) and relied on recs to get all the gen stuff I wanted.
But all my favourite authors and artists were doing slash every so often, and I didn't want to censor myself, because, you know, I could be missing out on amazing stuff.
So, I guess things slowly changed. I'm not reading the porn, but I'm happy to read a great case fic and not be put off by the background slash. ("And that solves the interesting, complex mystery of the perpetual motion machine." "OMG Sherlock you are so smart and hot! Do me now!!" "Yeah, why not, that should stave off boredom for another hour or so.") I'm fine with slightly slashy art as long as it's done well and I can read the comms without being freaked out anymore.
So thanks, Sherlock fandom, for slowly stripping away my inhibitions. It was pretty smart of you, and it was all very subtle, but I guess after months of desensitisation these things stop being shocking.
Still tricky to explain my internet history whenever my nosy flatmate wants to borrow my laptop though