An Archive of Our Own
An Archive of Our Own, commonly abbreviated AO3, is a popular fanfiction website known for the prevalence of slash and femslash fanfiction in its archives. It hosts over 1 million works tagged as m/m slash and over 150,000 works tagged as femslash.
As of August 4, 2016, the 10 most popular ships tagged in the archive were all m/m slash:
- Castiel/Dean Winchester
- Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
- Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski
- Real Person Slash ship
- Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes
- Dean Winchester/Sam Winchester
- Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
- Merlin/Arthur Pendragon
- Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy
- Blaine Anderson/Kurt Hummel
An unofficial survey of the Archive's users found that about 90% identified as female, about 7% as genderqueer, about 4% as male, and about 2% each as transgender, agender, or androgynous, with smaller percentages identifying as other genders. The same survey found that 38% identified as heterosexual, nearly 7% as homosexual, about 30% as bisexual, about 15% as pansexual, about 11% as asexual, and a smaller percentage as several other options. (Selecting multiple options was allowed for both questions.) This suggests the Archive's user base has a significantly higher percentage of LGBT people than the general population.
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