We Did Not Make Ourselves is Ripley/Call, Alien Resurrection, PG-13. I love this pairing and it's so incredibly rare, this was a wonderful treat. Especially since this fic really nails Ripley and Call. I just wish there were hundreds more pages of it.

There's Revolution is Middleman, Lacey/Wendy, PG-13. I miss this show. Also, I read this initially because [livejournal.com profile] thrace_rec'ed it and she's never wrong.

lighting the fuse might result in a bang is Bend It Like Beckham, Jules/Jess.

Real Good Place is How I Met Your Mother and it's really a character study of Robin. Hilarous! This was a [livejournal.com profile] wizened_cynic rec...with no pr0n! What is wrong with the universe?!!

Breathing Underwater is Blue Crush, Ann Marie/Eden. An [livejournal.com profile] escritoireazul rec and it's a fantastic one. That's how it is when they're alone. Eden keeps a space between them - just a few feet of salty air or water. It's a habit developed over years. It reminds her where she ends and where Anne Marie begins.

edited to give credit where credit is due. thnx [livejournal.com profile] thrace_
In honor of International Blog Against Racism Week I thought I'd wrack my sickly, feeble brain and come up with some femslash gems that feature non-white principals...and wow, this is much harder than it should be. I know that media doesn't give us a hell of a lot to work with, but still... why is femslash so frickin' whitebread?

Please take note that most of these fics don't deal with the race issue at all, just hot sex and love between two women, one or more of whom is not of northern european descent. Also note that this post is far from comprehensive, I just wanted to get something out there to open up discussion and hopefully get more recs for myself :) 'cause I know my flist has more fics in their back pocket.

Storm/Ororo from the X-Men Universe should have libraries of fic dedicated to her, but I've only encountered a few. Granted, I don't know that much about the X-verse, but I have a feeling that Storm's underrepresented in the world of femslash.
Janine, aka [livejournal.com profile] fembuck's Pack Up the Moon and Dismantle the Sun is Ororo/Jean, Mature angst. Janine's prose is beautiful and haunting as always. [livejournal.com profile] fembuck writes Storm often so check out her LJ. I'm too tired to go digging through all of her wonderful fic.

BSG is one of the few fandoms that actually has multiple canon characters played by non-white actors, but race doesn't seem to be an issue in space. i guess when you're being hunted by the apocalyptic Cylon!other things like skin color don't really mean anything. Which is probably a cop-out on the part of the writers or, possibly, a hopeful and utopian ideal of how an 'advanced' culture should look and act.

Pressed by [livejournal.com profile] tellitslant is Tory/Cain, NC-17. Ahhh, you know I'm a sucker for power dynamics and PWP and tellitslant DELIVERS.

Defragment by [livejournal.com profile] exquiscadavre is Six/Galactica!Boomer, NC-17. This is hot in a compugeek, literary way that really makes me love it to death.

Intrinsic Betrayal by Harper is Starbuck/Boomer, NC-17. I've recced this before so I'll just say again that I loved it.

Satiation by [livejournal.com profile] jennyo is Roslin/Maya, NC-17 and good ghod is it hot.

Set to Explode by [livejournal.com profile] fox1013 is Starbuck/Kat, NC-17. Playing off all of that wonderful hate!sex tension.

Second Sin by [livejournal.com profile] leyenn is Starbuck/Dualla, NC-17. Again with the scorching hot..and angsty. this is a fantastic piece with perfect characterization of a hollowed-out Starbuck looking for a little peace and finding it in Dee.

There are so many great fics in this fandom that actually feature characters who aren't blonde, blue-eyed, and pale. Check out [livejournal.com profile] projectjulie's BSG femslash masterlist or [livejournal.com profile] getyourtoaster for all the goods.

Hmmm, are there any fics that feature two non-white characters together?

Bend it Like Beckham is another great fandom for this theme. I've already recced fic from this fandom, here and here. New Kind of Real by afrai is one of the few fics in any fandom that takes on the issue of race and ethnicity and it's wonderfully done. One of the best fics in any fandom, hands down.

Firefly should have a ton of fic I could put in this post, but I guess Zoe's relationship with Wash makes it difficult because surely, SURELY Zoe's incredible hawtness would inspire hundreds of thousands of pages of fic. Anyone have any Zoe slash for me? Anyone?

The whiteness of the femslash Buffyverse is appalling. Then again, the whiteness of the Buffyverse is appalling so what can I expect? Faith seems to be the default Other character on the show, which just doesn't cut it.

Harper has several fics that feature the incredible hotness of Michelle Rodriguez:
Rule of Opposites is Charlotte/Diana in an NC-17 Sex in the City, Girlfight crossover that shouldn't work at all but is absolutely wonderful and perfect. This fic does tackle some issues, but it's class more than race. Still an incredible fic.

No Time for Apologies is Rain/Alice, NC-17 from Resident Evil and it's a wonderful and haunting behind-the-scenes look at the Rain/Alice ship.

Crush, Crushing, Crush is Eden/Ann-Marie, NC-17 from Blue Crush. Again, this is more about class than race, but still... Michelle fucking Rodriguez!

You know, I'm not sure this post was such a good idea. I don't feel like it's saying much about racism except that femslash, as a whole, seems to reflect media in its notable absence of non-white characters. Yes, there are a lot of very good exceptions, but I don't read a lot of fic that describe Zoe, or Boomer, or Storm as the beautiful, desirable, fierce and ass-kickingly gorgeous women they are. On the other hand I read LOTS of fic (actually, I stop reading lots of fic) that spend an inordinate amount of time describing Alex Cabot's milky white skin, blue eyes, and blonde hair as if these are variables in some sort of equation that inevitably equals beautiful/sexy. The best fic doesn't, but the best fic is obviously the exception to the rule.

I know that femslash is mainly about teh sex, but the best fic manages to deal with complex issues and still give us the hot GOGA as well.

Also, I have to say that my flist is doing more than its part to right this imbalance. Which is one of the many reasons you're my flist. :)
Thanks to the generous efforts of [livejournal.com profile] joran, [livejournal.com profile] anenko, and [livejournal.com profile] ireadthat (indirectly), I have found some of those wonderful fics I'd lost. First, to be fair, BiBfic from Jess' POV:

New Kind of Real by afrai, Jules/Jess, Mature? is just exquisite. Jess is trying to make a new kind of real away from the only real she's ever known -- her family. It's wonderfully drawn and written with absolutely breathless intensity of college and that moment when your identity shifts so suddenly and completely and you're terrified and absolutely ecstatic at the same time. This is also one of the few fics that really deals with Jess' additional issues -- the Indian family issues issues - and everything that entails. Really brilliant and touching and just wonderfully done.

Okay, actually, you should just read everything on [livejournal.com profile] ireadthat's rec page, but I'm supposed to be reccing so I'm not going to be lazy and let her do all the work.

and from Jules' and Jess':
Mudfootball by [livejournal.com profile] thenewhope, PG. This is so wonderfully impressionistic and sweet. And if you've ever played football in the rain, you know the joy of it. I was one of the few players who preferred it. You get to slide tackle without tearing your legs to shreds and if you're quick and fast it's so much easier to get around the defenders who can't quite find their footing in the mud and...yeah. [/soccerpr0n] I can't even imagine getting to slide around in the slick and wet with someone I'm in love with. newhope can and shares it with us. :)

Far from Home by [livejournal.com profile] nekosmuse Jules/Jess, PG. Okay, it's obvious that with BiB fic, the cute is just built-in, but nekosmuse weaves something wonderfully deep around all of that cute. All of the worry and wonder of being in love with your best friend and the terror of giving yoruself away.

Cheering for Navratilova by [livejournal.com profile] fembuck (aka Janine), Jules/Jess, R . I don't know why I didn't check P&P first. And it's Janine so you know you're going to get the incredible dialogue and those moments so full of emotion and tension that you think you're going to die reading them.

Not Like Christmas, Exactly by Carla, R - is a really wonderful look at Jules and Jess as seniors already in a relationship, both of them trying to avoid talking about the future to keep the present as perfect as possible.

And this concludes the leavethesky spam for today. promise.
I wanted to follow up that last post with an extensive and comprehensive Bend It Like Beckham mega-rec, but the archive and half the fics I have bookmarked are GONE! WTF internets?! why do you hate me? So if anyone has recs please let me know. I so need the jules/jess angstcuteness right now.

Steam Pressure by [livejournal.com profile] guede_mazaka, Jules/Jess, R. The POV gets a little confusing in this one thanks to the omniscient third, but it's still hot and angsty and...actually it's more Jules/Jules as she pines for Jess.

Two from [livejournal.com profile] kittenfic aka [livejournal.com profile] paranoidkitten:
Funny which is a quickie and definitely R.
and Love and Friendship, PG and so supersweet and lovely and captures all of that awkward terror of being the gay girl in the locker room.

Discontent, by [livejournal.com profile] minougemini, PG. More sugary sweetness that will make you smile.

And please, pretty please, let me know if you have more Bend It fic 'cause I'm so missing my old links. *sigh*

eta [livejournal.com profile] anenko has come to the rescue with more great BiB slash (http://ireadthat.livejournal.com/tag/bend.it.like.beckham and http://del.icio.us/anenko/bilb) including some that I'd loved and lost. And, more importantly (as [livejournal.com profile] ireadthat pointed out in comments) several from Jess' uber-complicated POV. thank you!!!! and keep it coming :)
Okay, I've reached that point where I'm so behind in recs that I feel I can never catch up. No matter how many I post, I'm still leaving out tens if not hundreds. So I'm going to start small, with one fic from [livejournal.com profile] femslash06 and hope that starts the ball rolling. I'll also remind you that [livejournal.com profile] jennyo's got recs from this slashathon as well, so check hers out.

Today's the day we have everything by [livejournal.com profile] pene is Missy/Jess, NC-17. Perfect Missyvoice, perfect characterization all around and incredibly hot in the mix. This one stuck with me. I don't know if it's the soccer jock in me or the way these two awkwardly and effortlessly slide into...something real. It's so very college romance and so very very true. It may also be the fact that it's been a shit week and I needed something wonderfully light and beautifully written.



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