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Fandom Racism 101: Clocking and Closing The Empathy Gap

How does fandom’s empathy gap come into play when the trauma of POC is on the table? Why does the empathy that fans extend to white characters, fans, and performers, hit a hard wall at POC – especially when it comes to Black characters, fans, and performers in my direct experience? Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Migratory Slash Fandom’s Focus

Note: The section on RPF and whtiewashing deals pretty plainly with real person fan fiction – where a real celebrity is treated like a character in fan works – but from the POV of “stop whitewashing them” rather than a … Continue reading

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What Shipping Says About Fandom Antiblackness

At the end of the day, I want Black characters to be respected in fandom and in their (canon OR fanon) ships and they aren’t. Continue reading

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[Stitch Talks Ish] Episode 2: Stitch Talks About The Rey/Kylo Fandom and Weaponized White Womanhood

Episode Notes: Content Warnings: I talk explicitly about antiblack racism in fandom and white women weaponizing their femininity in service to it. I also briefly mention how part of this involves setting up a fear of John/that John will assault … Continue reading

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Rey/Kylo Shippers: A New Look At An Old Face of Fannish Entitlement

The problem with folks’ acknowledgment of this totally toxic fandom is that… they don’t seem to understand that the concept of toxic fandom isn’t the realm of white dudes alone. Continue reading

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Fic-as-Lit

Most people balk at the idea of people being critical of the fan fiction they read or the content that fandom comes out with. No matter how it’s put together, it’s directly opposite andom’s goals and the experience of fandom to be critical of it in any way.

Meanwhile, people get entire degrees and have whole careers based on literary criticism. Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: The Star Wars Fandom (Part One, Probably)

Few fandoms fill me with the kind of anger that the Star Wars fandom does. In fact, there are times where I’d go so far as to say that I hate it. Times like Wednesday night. When I got home … Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Misogynoir – Black Women in the Way

Don’t forget to check out last month’s post and the introduction! I may later eat my words because I haven’t seen more than season 1 of ToS or any of the movies but I hate that Uhura in the reboot … Continue reading

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#FlashbackFriday – “Dear Budding Sleepy Hollow Fandom”

Originally published on my Tumblr September 17, 2013. Seriously, it’s been five years of me talking about misogynoir in fandom and with shipping and things have gotten way worse instead of better. (Also, lightly edited for clarity.) Dear Budding Sleepy Hollow … Continue reading

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Fandom Racism: Predictable AF

Fandom is nothing if not predictable. I know I’m late, but I just saw the casting announcements for the upcoming Netflix/BBC series Troy: Fall of a City. One thing that immediately stood out to me was the way that the … Continue reading

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Nyota Uhura: One More Black Female Character Fandom Wants To Be Strong and Single Forever

I need White Feminism (which exists to benefit whiteness and white womanhood) to stop telling me that Black female characters are better off when they’re single. I need White Feminists ™ in fandom to stop pretending that they’re protecting or promoting … Continue reading

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Internalized Misogyny and that Damned Slash Shipping Post: A Response

(Wherein I answer the first part of @legendofzeldamajorass‘s question, sort of answer the second, and promise try to do a better job about fleshing out my comments at some point soonish when I’m not swamped with work.) This is in … Continue reading

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Slash Shipping, Pseudo-Progressivism, and Reinforcing Patriarchal Standards in Fandom

Here’s a newsflash for you my fellow slash shippers: Your male/male ships that focus almost exclusively on white men aren’t as progressive or as rebellious as you think they are. Especially when (not ‘if’) they come at the expense of … Continue reading

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