I appreciate the help, I looked up the FAQ on pornographic literature, and that's why I was asking. I don't consider my writing 'pornographic' by any means, and that is why I asked the question.
As for those of you that chose to lecture me about RPFs when I explicitly said I didn't need the lecture, I am fully aware of the repercussions of posting RPFs, and I don't really care how anyone else 'feels' about it. To be honest, I don't see what the huge deal is. I'm not selling or profiting from my stories about real people, and I don't see the difference between my writing a story simply for my own pleasure and someone drawing a picture of themselves with their favorite actor. Why should I be persecuted for the way I choose to express my devotion and love for an actor/character/actress/singer/celeb? I'm supposed to NOT share my love because I can't draw? That doesn't really seem fair...
I'm not asking you people for permission. I'm asking for the guidelines, whether or not I can post RPFs and if my love scenes are considered pornographic. As far as I know, freedom of speech is still a right and I exercise that right with my stories. No one can make me feel bad about it.
I appreciate the wasted time you took to lecture a perfect stranger.
How about you look at RPF groups on here and see what kinds of things are there? That would give you an idea of what's allowed. I don't read this kind of thing, so I wouldn't know.
Most people don't draw pictures of themselves pashing or banging their favourite celebrities, none that I've seen around here anyway. If I did see it, I'd find it just as creepy as a story about the same thing. Maybe creepier. (I'm not calling you creepy btw, I just find the idea of RPF creepy.) So I don't think it's a bias against RPF stories, exactly.
Yeah, I agree that most people don't draw those pictures, and certainly this story is not about ME. I'm through the phase of writing myself into a story (and using my own name, lol). The story is a romance about a separate, totally new original character and I have no intention of making said RP look gross, demeaned, or any of the above.
The bottom line is, everyone has their celebrity crushes. Everyone else in the world is allowed to sit down and sketch a picture of whatever/whoever they want, and it's totally condoned. I prefer to write and yet everyone thinks I'm trying to skewer an innocent person. There are so many worse things I could do with my time.
And thank you for your suggestion. I'll look into it.
Basically, I use buzz words (like 'maleness' in lieu of 'penis' for example)
In the interests of being even moderately friendly, I have declined to post my reaction to this approach.
If you're asking about having the "right" to post something, you invite talk of legalities, because the subjects of your story certainly have a RIGHT to their privacy if you're revealing anything that violates it, and they have a RIGHT not to be slandered.
Why even call it an RPF? Why would anyone who doesn't know you IRL even suspect that your characters are real people in your life? Lots of fictional characters are *based on* real people their authors know, and that's basically what you've done here anyway. You're in no position to dictate how anyone you know might or might not react in a given situation. Therefore, to the extent your situations are fictional, the characters are too no matter what they look like or what you've named them.
Actually, it wouldn't surprise me if by RPF, the OP was referring to celebrity fan fiction.
Celebrities by their nature have rescinded some of their expectation of privacy; the question is whether this extends to fictional stories based upon them. My guess is that the answer is yes; if J. K. Rowling can sue to prevent undue exploitation of Harry Potter, then Britney Spears has at least an equal right to protect her own public image from libel or (further) defamation.
A celebrity does have certain rights to control the use of their image, yes. Mind you, it's not too hard to find outright porn involving real celebrities as characters, and to my knowledge the writers don't get sued over it. Chances are that most celebrities are too smart to call attention to such material in that way.
In general, porn purveyors would instead prefer to use a made-up name which strongly implies the celebrity in question. That way they have a legal recourse under fair use laws, by being able to claim that the movie in question was intended as a parody.
Hard romance is a somewhat-murkier area; but you're right in pointing out the possibility of a Streisand Effect.
Most countries have some legal means of prosecuting RPF. In the United States, RPF with romantic or sexual portrayals of the real person in question is considered to be a form of sexual harassment of the individual that the RPF was written about. RPF is also viable material for a libel case, if the victim feels that the portrayal is damaging to their image or that the portrayal is harmful to their emotional wellbeing. Which I think would be the case for most people if somebody was writing porn about them without their permission.
So, no, you don't have a legal right to post it without the subject's consent. To say nothing of an ethical right.
I have no idea, honestly. In the same way that I don't understand stalkers or annoyingly persistent suitors. It's hard for me to imagine how you could be so strongly attracted to somebody without having even a modicum of respect for them. But people like that exist in great abundance, unfortunately.
I'm not touching the RPF thing because, yeah, I'm pretty biased about it.
As far as the romantic scenes go, it seems to me like you're okay as long as you don't explicitly describe the process of penetration or go into detail about the bodily fluids. The safest thing to do may be to ask staff via a Help Desk ticket, though.