In Moderation

I’ve had comments moderated since I started this site because I don’t want the comment sections on my blog to turn into a mess when I talk critically about fandom or nerd culture.

That’s not going to change.

You literally couldn’t pay me money to allow that kind of access to some of the people I’ve seen salivating over the urge to get nasty on critical posts about nerd/fandom culture. My need for safety on the internet and self-care are more important than any stranger’s need to belittle me or insult me for being critical about something they like.

So yeah, when some dude on the internet proceeds to comment on a months’ old post (From October!!) condescending at me and being kind of a jerk on what’s actually a pretty poignant post about why I love romance comics despite everything they represent of the United States’ history with racism and sexism, of course I’m going to let it stay in the spam box. It’s my blog, I get to do that!

When he comments again with the same comment, I’m going to let spam handle it as well.

And when he comments a third time a few minutes after saying that commenting on my  blog is useless (because he can’t belittle me in public, I guess), then I ban his IP address because I have done nothing to earn this person’s attention or his ire and I do not have to deal with it either.

Look, if you hate when people on the internet talk critically about the things they love, just talk up the things you love about that thing on your own website. You’re not entitled to a space at anyone’s table or a comment on anyone’s blog and to expect otherwise is rude.

When the reaction to calling out racism is… More racism?

It’s been two months and I still get the best reactions to my post “Dear Comic Fans: We Get it. You’re racist and racebending scares you.” And by best, I mean that I get some of the most condescending and willfully ignorant responses out there.

Way to prove my point, fellow comic fans. How weird is it that the majority of the people that have sent me nasty tweets or left rude comments on my blog (the majority of which have probably been eaten by my spam filter because it’s super strict) are people who have gotten so angry about racebending and my calling out racism, that they need to react angrily to them?

It’s like they read my post, didn’t register anything, and decided to behave in such a way that validated my comments on fandom’s racist reactions to people wanting or working on more diversity in comic canon or superhero media.

Wild, right?Read More »

No, I haven’t seen [popular piece of nerd media] and I don’t intend to…

Look! This combines two nerdy things I  don't particularly care about!
Look! This combines two nerdy things I don’t particularly care about!

I don’t get the point of many nerd fave franchises.

The first time I watched a Star Wars film, I was fifteen. The first time I cared about Star Trek was maybe when the first new movie came out. I started Buffy on its last season and gave up on Angel well before its last season was even a blip in Whedon’s radar. And despite being named Zina and being homophone twins with everyone’s favorite warrior princess, it took me most of my life to actually sit down and watch more than two episodes. I know Bruce Campbell not from any movies he’s been in, but from his role on Burn Notice.

And of course, I’ve never watched (or cared about) Firefly. Read More »