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I am a heterosexual male, and I have a penis.
Baffled? That’s understandable, but apart from that previous statement being possibly the worst chat up line in human history it is nonetheless a proven fact about myself. And what follows from that you can easily infer: I have carnal and sexual desires as a result. But to leave it at that would be to reduce me to an unthinking animal whose sole concern is reproduction. My meat and two veg, if you will, is only one part (albeit a large one...) of me as a whole, and the most important piece of the puzzle that is me I would say is my brain, or to be more specific, my mind. It is with my mind that I experience the world and through which I take in the realm of fiction in its various forms.
What, you might ask, does this have anything to do with fanservice? Well, I’ll be frank. I don’t care for fanservice. But, and this is a big but, what I actually disapprove of is how fanservice is often utilised within fiction, not that it exists, and I should stress that this does not strictly just apply to the kind of eastern games and media you might see on this website. One look at Starfire from DC Comics New 52 tells you all you need to know about the kind of depictions of women that can occur in western fiction unfortunately.
When it comes to fanservice, I understand that it is targeted to affect me through the route of sexual excitement as opposed to intellectual. That in of itself is fine. But my issue is when there is a disconnect between the purpose of fanservice (that is, to titillate), and the purpose of the work within which it exists. If the work is designed to stimulate me intellectually, then why is there fanservice present within? Can it be justified?