Why Slash?

This is a question I didn't actually ask myself until after I had already started writing. I had the idea, I could see the scene, and I wanted to get it into words. As Dorothy Sayers says, "In the meanwhile she had got her mood on to paper--and this is the release that all writers, even the feeblest, seek for as men seek for love; and having found it, they doze off happily into dreams and trouble their hearts no further." (Gaudy Night)

Then I started reading some of the things other people had to say about the element of weirdness involved in women writing slash, and I started wondering if I could account for my own motivations. I'm still not sure I can, but here are some of the possibilities (all more or less extreme) that the brainstorming session produced:

I guess that's all I can come up with for now. Take your pick. And let not your heart be troubled.