Category Archives: Fandom

[Guest Post] Why White Supremacy Can No Longer Provide Cover for White Academics by Robin Anne Reid

Note: This is the write-up of Robin Anne Reid’s segment in the roundup on race and racism in fandom that we had at PCA 2019 April 17, 2019. The main point I want to make for this discussion is that … Continue reading

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[Pitch The Stitch] What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Antiblackness in K-Pop Fandom and Industry

In case you’ve missed it, I’m doing a project for my website on anti-Blackness in K-pop fandom spaces and why the industry’s understanding and appropriation of Blackness/Black culture for the aesthetics of it all partially fuel the problem. It’s already … Continue reading

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Finn, Reskinned

Real life monsters wish they had spin-teams as thorough as Kylo’s because they’ve literally made Kylo’s violence towards Rey, his act of patricide, and his eager indulgence in fascism… someone else’s fault. Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: The Problem With Preferences

Outside of the fandoms for Japanese media (anime and manga primarily) or the powerhouse Korean pop music Real Person Fiction (RPF) fandoms, most fandom spaces overwhelmingly focus on the love and sex lives of white people.  Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Keep Calm and Wait Your Turn

At every level of fandom, women of color are told to “be patient” and to “wait your turn” when we talk about the way that it stings to constantly see white female characters – like Wonder Woman, Rey, Black Widow, and Supergirl – held up as universal representation for all women.  Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like – Misogynoir: Black Fans on the Defensive

The goal of rewriting Black fans critical of fandom is to drown them under the weight of misogynoir – the harassment, the shunning, the threats, and the outright unkindness – until all they can do is leave.

But let’s get one thing straight: no one is making me go anywhere before I’m good and ready. Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Silly Ship Wars

At the end of the day, Black women aren’t allowed to partake in the squee-ful space of fandom. We’re not seen as “real fans”. Our desire for Black characters to be treated well and to be loved is a direct threat to what fandom truly loves the most: whiteness. Continue reading

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“A discipline overrun with whiteness”: #FSN2019 and Making a Statement – A Guest Post

As previously noted, these conversations have been around for far longer than us, and to assume that we are the first to voice this discomfort, this anger, this complaint (per Sara Ahmed) is to be complicit in this erasure and our own eventual erasure. Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Woke Points For What?

In and outside of fandom spaces, performative allyship is a thing to be wary of. In a piece for The Wooster Voice, writer Sharah Hutson describes performative allyship as, “when folks pretend to care about a cause but magically forget … Continue reading

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Ships ‘N Shit: Thor/Ororo Marvel

Throroro is the best ship you’re probably not shipping. A non-canon ship courtesy of Marvel fandom’s penchant for shipping everything under the sun, pairing up Thor and Ororo just sort of makes sense when you think about it. Thor’s a … Continue reading

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