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If the shoe fits …
we’re doing the whole “this show with literally no gay rep is the best gay rep in the world” thing again, huh
somewhere there’s a marketing meeting going on where someone is proposing that show writers don’t even need to deliberately gaybait in order to get LGBT audiences to watch their show, they just need to have 2 attractive male characters in the same vicinity as each other and the fandom will gaybait for them.
* one of them has to be white/light skin/easy to assume a white identity into
Here’s a list of some of my favorite things about fandom for you:
Jews are “white” until we’re not.
Antisemitism is weird. It’s more about trivializing us and discounting us – until the economy collapses and suddenly we have some kind of secret agenda to control the world. It sneaks under the radar as jokes and yinglish and comedy stereotypes – until suddenly windows are being broken and swastikas are being spray-painted and pigs heads are being thrown at synagogues.
It’s about me meeting someone at summer camp who sidled up to me and whispered, “Can you show me your horns? I promise I won’t tell anyone.”
It’s about the erasure of Mizrahim, Sephardim, Black Jews, South Asian Jews, Jews everywhere in the world who don’t match the stereotype. It’s about, “Funny, you don’t look Jewish.”
It’s about the fiction of “Judeo-Christian” and how we’re all one people under G-d, until suddenly we’re not.
It’s about “get over the Holocaust already” and “there have been lots of genocides in history” and “the Holocaust was a hoax”. It’s about “not all German soldiers were Nazis” and “okay yeah, the pope was a member of the Hitler Youth but he says he’s sorry” and “the swastika has been used by a lot of cultures besides the Nazis.”
It’s about the way we straddle the line between religion and ethnicity (or race), and about my grandmother, who used to remind me, “You can eat bacon on Yom Kippur, but when the Nazis come, to them you’re still a Jew.”
It’s about Godwin’s Law, which uses Jews as metaphor, but renders it almost impossible to speak about the actual Jewish historical experience because the moment you mention Hitler, Nazism or the Holocaust you “lose the argument.”
It’s about an io9.com article called “You Can Get Upset About That Captain America Twist, You Just Shouldn’t”.
It’s about Hail Hydra.
Try talking about the way that characters of color are treated across the board in slash-filled fandom spaces sometime.
Try pointing out that while you like slash and have ID’d as a slasher for well over half of your life, sometimes it’d just be nice if characters that look like you weren’t either ignored or portrayed via racist stereotypes in slash fandom.
Try tagging any commentary that even remotely attempts to be critical of the reasons behind why fandom ships the ships they do.
I dare you.
Watch how quickly a space that keeps being touted as a safe one for women quickly becomes unsafe. Watch how quickly your fellow fans treat you like an outsider and ignore any validity in your words because people like you are taking the fun out of fandom.
I see way too many teenagers on here starting shit and then saying ‘my mental illness absolves me of all responsibility!’ Or like ‘stop responding to drama I started, #myanxiety’ or like ‘you’re not allowed to unfollow/block me/subpost me’ and I just want to say……children….please log out, it was never this serious.
Also, this FIXATION y’all have with doing call out posts for simple misunderstandings is not healthy to do to each other as young, complex beings who haven’t even successfully made it through the social expectations of high school. Y’all are legitimately hounding and harassing and organizing targeted campaigns against each other over ‘Discourse’ and that’s not healthy, don’t let us older folks fool you. I know everything feels dramatic and serious but it is not.
Go do your homework and get good sleep because you’re still growing.
person on tumblr: I hate [female character]!
me: so which white boy ship is she in the way of?
I said this on twitter, but let me say it here too because I’m ANNOYED:
The next person I see say or share shit about how “being kink/fandom critical is TERF logic/rhetoric bcuz ‘gender critical’” is getting blocked. I don’t care who you are. I don’t care if we’re friends or if you’re a stranger. You’re getting blocked because that is bullshit.
Being critical of things you partake in as a kinkster or a member of fandom isn’t the same thing as being all up in other people’s gender and trying to take away what few rights trans people have so…
That claim that “antis” and anyone using [BLANK]-critical in a fandom context are using terf-ish rhetoric is straight up co-opting oppression trans people face in order to claim that people are oppressed IN fandom or kink spaces because of what they ship or get off to.
But I don’t think anyone is actually oppressed because of what gets you off or the kind of fan fiction you like. To act like you are is beyond messed up.
(Like yes, I know that people have lost jobs and whatnot because of their interests in kink or fandom coming to light and things outside the US are different/worse, but that’s not the same as systematic oppression and they’re also accusing other, predominantly marginalized, people IN fandom and kink spaces of oppressing him.)
Mind you: these are people who say that fans of color trivialize racism by talking about it in fandom when there’s “real racism” out in the world and yet the second that someone is critical about something in fandom or in their kink circles, they rush to reply with “you sound like a terf”
There’s trivialization going on here but it’s not from the people talking about how fandom is a generally bigoted space masquerading as a woke feminist arena that’s safe for sexual exploration and blah blah blah (unless you’re someone who has a problem with how your identity is portrayed in fandom…)
If it wasn’t so annoying, it’d almost be funny that so many white women in fandom who think that fandom isn’t/shouldn’t be a safe space demand that it become one FOR THEM the second that people of color question or critique their fanworks or shipping practices.
no offense but like…..reblog the fics you like. there is nothing more discouraging than having people read your fic without leaving kudos or any form of response. comment if you like it! send them a message! use the tags to talk about how you liked it! share the work so that others can read it too!
too often fic writers deal with people hounding them for updates, but never any feedback. end the cycle. reblog the fics you like. talk about them. share them.