I didn’t choose the fandom life. the fandom life came to my dorm room in the middle of the night and said, “dad’s on a hunting trip and hasn’t been home in a few weeks.”
I didn’t choose the fandom life, the fandom life grabbed.my hand and whispered ‘run’
I didn’t choose the fandom life. the fandom life knocked down my door and said “Yer a wizard.”
I didn’t choose the fandom life, the fandom life blackmailed me into joining the Glee club.
I didn’t choose the fandom life the fandom life sent me a text “Come at once if convenient. If inconvenient, come anyway.”
I didn’t choose the fandom life. The fandom life said “this is my design.”
I didn’t choose the fandom life. The fandom life challenged me to a duel.
I didn’t choose the fandom life. The fandom life started playing on my radio and said “Hello Night Vale.”
I didn’t choose the fandom life. The fandom life told me “I find it more comforting to believe that this isn’t simply a test.”
I didn’t choose the fandom life. I just attacked the troll with the nasty knife.
For all the women I have loved who were dragged through the mud
I’ve read a lot of great essays about how fandom is female-majority and creates a female gaze and a safe space for women and etc. But spend five minutes in fandom and you’ll have an unsettling question.
Why does a female-majority, feminist culture hate female characters so much?
It’s not a question of if it happens. You know it does. You can go into any fandom and see it. Some fandoms are worse than others, but it’s always there. Scroll down the Tumblr tag for any show, movie, book, comic, whatever, and you’ll see nothing but love for the men, and a lot of unjustified hate for the women, maybe with a few defenders here and there insisting on their love for the women in the face of all that hate.
To be clear, we’re not talking about female villains. Male villains get just as much hate. It’s fine if you hate Bellatrix Lestrange or Dolores Umbridge, you’re supposed to. (I personally stan for Bella, but I realize that wasn’t the authorial intent.) This is about people hating Hermione, Ginny and Luna, but loving Harry, Ron and Neville. This is about how ambiguous male antiheroes, like Snape, Zuko, or pretty much any male vampire protagonist can get away with walking that fine line between good and evil and not only remain sympathetic, but be even more beloved for how ~tortured~ he is, but when a female character is morally gray that bitch has to die.
So you can’t tell me it’s okay that you hate Sansa because you also hate Joffrey and he’s a dude. They’re not comparable. It isn’t even comparable if you pick a female antihero. Let’s do this apples to apples, here.
We all know that fandom does this. We all know that it’s fucked up and symptomatic of internalized sexism. What’s really fucking weird about it, though, is that the women doing this hating often aren’t ignorant. These are feminists. These are women who can go on meta-analyses of the writing. Some will hide behind pseudo-feminist reasons for their hate—oh, it’s the writing, we just aren’t given strong female characters! (I saw this used for the women of AtLA: Katara, Toph, Azula, et al. This was about when I just backed away slowly because I know a lost cause when I see it.) I’ve seen women who denied being sexist, but couldn’t name a single female character they liked. And it’s always that the female characters aren’t good enough, even when they obviously have a double standard, and they’re measuring women on an impossible scale full of contradictions and no-win binds, while the men are just embraced and loved pretty much for existing.
The reaction nearly every time one of these women is called out is not to say, “Huh, you may have a point, I should examine the way I judge and process women’s actions more closely,” but an insistence of their feminism, followed by a more detailed description of why that particular woman is terrible and she hates her, as if the whole point were not that fandom is already oversaturated with that kind of hate, and as if the person doing the calling out were not already 110% done with that bullshit.
Particularly telling is that male-dominated corners of fandom do not have this problem. They fetishize, they objectify, they ignore. They don’t hate like this.
We know it happens. What I want to know is WHY.
Theories follow below the cut.
That is the thing that is unique about the Chuck fandom. So many people wishing entire seasons had never happened.
Oh, I pretend Gilmore Girls ended after the third season, too, and Buffy’s sixth season is only one episode, which is so weird. I hear there’s a season of Friday Night Lights that doesn’t exist. Trust me, we’re not that special.
For every fandom on tumblr
“…I don’t have to explain myself to you” is the best author’s note ever
introducing friend to your fandom
THIS IS TOO ACCURATE OH MY GOD
The fire in the eyes is also very accurate XD
it’s okay to like characters
it’s okay to dislike characters
it’s okay to like flawed characters
it’s okay to dislike flawed characters
it’s okay to like a character because of their flaws
it’s okay to dislike a character because of their flaws
it’s okay to talk about why you like a character
it’s okay to talk about why you don’t like a character
it’s okay to try to convince people to like a character with fanwork or meta
it’s okay to try to convince people to dislike a character with fanwork or meta
it’s not okay to tell people what they are allowed to like or dislike
this has been a post.