one of my favorite things about fandom is that the exchange of intellectual and creative property is a legitimate form of gift giving. like ‘i’m so enchanted by you, i love you, let me tell you a story’
#as much as i’m turned off by certain aspects of fandom it’s things like this that balance them out #there’s just something so sweet and selfless in wanting to share your own little safe haven with another individual #i have all of these lovely feelings about a thing and i want you to have them too #because you mean a lot to me and this means a lot to me and i want to share this happiness okay #i want you to have this too #it’s all just really fucking wonderful when you think about it man #creativity in the least selfish way possible and it’s brilliant and yeah
Self-identified QPoC in online fandom - CALL FOR CHAT INTERVIEWS
If you ID as a queer person of color, and identify as being a part of at least one online fandom (any, on any website), would you be willing to IM/chat for an hour or less sometime soon for an interview? (You must be 18+.)
My project: Fan Studies and Media Studies often focus on white, cis, straight people, which is bullshit, so my Master’s thesis project is exploring the feelings of queer people of color in fandom. I am a QPoC in fandom, but I also want to talk to 5-10 other QPoC from any fandom.
When I write about these interviews in my paper, I just want to try to honestly present what people are saying. No trickery is involved in this study, so I won’t be trying to psychoanalyze you or anything, just listening.
The questions: The interview will be a very casual text chat (in whatever you want to use, be it Skype, Gmail, AIM, MSN, etc). If you’re interested, we can schedule a time together. I’ll ask some are fun questions where I want to hear about what you get excited about in pop culture, etc, and then some questions will involve wanting to hear about positive and/or negative experiences with fandom and the media. All questions are optional. You also have the right to end the interview at any time.
Your personal info: I’ll be talking about you in my paper using a fake username/pseudonym for each person. You can create one that you want me to use, or I’ll make one up for you. If you share details with me that would make you too recognizable (i.e. if you’re one of the only QPoC in a very small fandom) I’ll remove or change the fandom name so that people can’t identify you. Basically, you’ll be anonymous.
More info: I’m happy to answer any questions about the project or my identities publicly, except for certain details (school stuff, ethics board approval #, compensation, names of professors supervising me, etc), which I will share during private communication if you let me know you’re interested.
Non-queer people and/or non-PoC, please signal boost!
Anyone interested? Message me or leave a reply here?
BNFs in fandom
I’ve been meaning to ask you this since because your thesis but forgot until Owl’s question: talk at me about bnf’s — how do you consider someone to be a bnf, what are your thoughts, what responsibilities do you think they have, etc, whatever, anything you have on it would probably be interesting - avatarsnowy
I consider a BNF to be someone who: 1) produces fanworks and/or meta, and 2) has a definite impact factor. BNFs are almost entirely people who continually produce fanart, fanfiction, or meta commentary that then receives the community stamp of approval. This is why bloggers like Pugletto, Minuiko, Masterarrowhead, Meggannn and Fangirlingforeverz are BNFs - because of their art (the first three) or their fanfiction and meta (Katrina and Megan). On top of this, they all have an impact factor - the things they produce are passed around; people seek them out for opinions, people largely defer to their authority on different issues, fandom-related or not.
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real true facts academic paper
“In this instance, the Source Blogger is referring to a trend in the fan community to obsessively support and/or sympathize with a character, known as “stanning for” the character (the word is used as a verb, to stan for, and as a descriptor - someone who stans for a character is a character stan.)”
The practice of publishing tags on a post is a really fascinating insight into Tumblr culture
The way we try to balance the desire for intelligent commentary and the soul-crushing amount of banality normally left in comments
And that the ingenious solution is to develop a culture where it’s more socially acceptable to leave comments in a hidden place
Basically you’re not allowed to decide whether your comments are good enough
But other people can
Others can evaluate and decide if they’re worthy and bring them to the forefront if they want to
It’s like a teeny tiny publishing industry right inside this blogging site, eliminating clutter and highlighting quality
It’s just the most incredible thing
#Like sociologically #We’ve built a publishing industry #For our shared website#That’s mind-blowing #Like what a statement about how people work #About how important it is for us to have selective high quality work
» England is not the fucking UK: pulpofiction: fanfiction is actually revolutionary praxis more often...
fanfiction is actually revolutionary praxis more often than not because it’s young women* marginalized by the narratives we love exploring our sexualities and identities in ways that WE like, on OUR terms, in ways that make US comfortable and in spaces that we construct in…
I can’t speak to the marginalization of PoC or trans* folk (other than my theory of a small base of popular characters to begin with due to a lack of decent representation and then the quiet kind of racism and transphobia that don’t seem obvious to the people who aren’t experiencing the microaggressions), but as to the crazy over abundance of men/lack of female sexuality involved (despite it often being the driving force; which is fine and good) I think it has a lot to do with a certain disconnect many women feel between pleasure and their bodies. Women are taught to view sex as performance for male view rather than a path to pleasure. In using exclusively male bodies, women get to step away from the expectations involved in sex. To look a certain way, sound a certain way, react to stimulation a certain way, and be judged by it all anyway. There’s a certain freedom from the politics that comes with that. Written sex with female participants often seems to me like a how-to guide or a method of validation for different actions, reactions, body types, kinks, etc. With bodies that we perceive to be under less scrutiny, it’s much easier to forgo the insecurity and dive in. Sorry if I’ve rambled.
yes yes yes yes
slash is the result of the absence of adequate/developed female characters in many narratives and, to a very subtle but very important extent, this
I mean I agree but I also don't rly think there's anything revolutionary about queer relationships or PoC being fetishised by women instead of men which is what happens a lot. Like I think that fanfic is important but I'm kind of hesitant to be like "wow gr8" if it's just women replicating the same oppressive patterns as men
I’m saying that fanfiction is a way for women*, whose free expression of sexuality is repressed and reviled in mainstream society, to explore that sexuality freely - even the bad aspects. Women’s sexuality isn’t perfect just as much as men’s sexuality isn’t perfect, and of course some women have problematic fetishes, but sometimes there are literally no safe avenues other than fanfiction where someone can feel free to explore their sexuality and identity (and we can do it through re-appropriating a character and a narrative.) There’s the buffer of working through an indirect representation of yourself AND the buffer of writing; both protect and enable a freer and safer mode of self-expression.
and like… I understand your hesitance but we need a space to work in outside of a mainstream that acts against us before we can begin to fix what’s wrong. You can’t really paint the house before you’ve built the walls. (and - to be entirely honest - I’d rather have women’s sexualities policed by other women, calling out what’s wrong and problematic, than policed by men.)
fanfiction is actually revolutionary praxis more often than not because it’s young women* marginalized by the narratives we love exploring our sexualities and identities in ways that WE like, on OUR terms, in ways that make US comfortable and in spaces that we construct in parallel to male-dominated narratives driven by male feelings and male sexuality and male, male, male. no. why do you think so many fanfiction writers are female why do you think there are so many of us
fanfiction is revisionist mythmaking. we are stealing the language and the myths of the oppressor and making them our own for us, for our wants, for our desires, for our needs, because we need to express ourselves and actualize ourselves we have the right to do this safely and freely
we have the right to take the narrative out of the hands of people who hate us and into our own damn hands
when the sword can’t set you free use the pen instead
I’m actually really glad you bring this up. It’s something that pisses me off too. I’ve talked with Francesca about this, and like how there should really be something equivalent to an art show for fanfic, like a live reading of fic.
This is something I’ll definitely bring up to the art show people and next time they do a show (they’re planning to do one for each season of lok) I’d love this to happen, and get like fanfic as another thing going on there at the same level as the art being displayed, because it really isn’t fair.
Honestly, fanfic readings need to become a thing that like happens in fandom. It surprises me that I’ve never heard of this being done before for like any fandom ever? I mean like people record audio fic, but I’m talking about a fan reading gathering. Like, I majored in creative writing and we had readings all the time of our work, same as art students had galleries for their art, and I’m just like, why doesn’t fandom have this too?
Fandom needs this.
stick an ally cookie on a queerbait hook and go fishing, you’ll catch entire fandoms