When you erase or gloss over the historical context and content of women of color’s contributions to fandom, you neuter fandom of depth, complexity, and a wealth of activism and resistance. 

This is what Franzeska’s ‘meta’ does. 

Casting all resistance as young sjws who are precious, overly PC, argumentative for the sake of being argumentative, dogpiling, and trying to score points, etc, is so fucking DISMISSIVE of the history of women of colors’ contributions to fandom. 

Snarlfurillo’s post here documents exactly why and how this works. 

But I wanted to add…this erasure of context and history is violent. Because many of the women of color who originally (and still) critique/d and resist/ed fandom’s normalized racism/misogynoir did so to their own detriment and with not insignificant risk to their personal well-being, safety, and privacy. Women of color were ‘outed’ by other fans for speaking out (doxed). They were attacked and silenced from all sides. They lost friends and community. They had to, with great vulnerability, cut themselves open and drag out their own private, internal experiences to air for all the (white) people who disbelieved them. They often found themselves speaking directly to a fucking wall of over-sensitive whiteness that would just as easily topple right on top of them. 

If anything in fandom is precious, it’s white feelings. And it always has been.

So shout out to the women of color who have carried the burden of this discourse for a fucking decade now and more, who have taken steps forward only to have people like Franzeska completely delegitimize and erase their work. 

When Franzeska erases woc from our history, she erases central, essential works of creativity and resistance like deepad’s I Didn’t Dream of Dragons and why they were written to begin with. And like. That should…that should horrify you. She’s literally rewriting history, directing her discourse patronizingly towards younger fans, to suppress this truth.

Author: Zeenah

Zeenah writes about comics, nerd history, and ridiculous romance novels when not working frantically on her first collection of short stories and complaining about stuff. One day, she'll settle down and write that novel.