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sorrowsfall:

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gingerjuju:

I just don’t understand where this concept of ‘fake geek girls’ came from. Like, AT ALL.

Cus when I look for fandom related stuff like 90% of the fan art and the fanfiction and the meta, zines, comics, etc. Like 90% of the shit that I’ve seen is created by women & girls.

And all that stuff take’s a lot of work and research and critical analysis and staring at reference photos for hours.

We are literally the most well versed and invested group in the fandom. So, like, What the fuck boys? You mad you can’t keep up?

I saw an argument, and I can’t find it now, but it totally made sense, that there’s a gender split in fandom. Male fandom tends to be a curator fandom; male fandom collects, organizes, and memorizes facts and figures. Male fandom tends to be KEEPERS of the canon; the fandom places great weight on those who have the biggest collection, the deepest knowledge of obscure subjects, the first appearances, creators, character interactions.

Female fandom is creative. Females create fanart, cosplay, fanwritings. Female fandom ALTERS canon, for the simple reason that canon does not serve female fandom. In order for it to fit the ‘outsider’ (female, queer, POC), the canon must be attacked and rebuilt, and that takes creation.

"Male" fandom devalues this contribution to fandom, because it is not the ‘right’ kind of fandom. "Girls only cosplay for attention, they’re not REAL fans!" "Fanfiction is full of stupid Mary Sues, girls only do it so they can make out with the main character!" "I, a male artist, have done this pin-up work and can put it in my portfolio! You, a female artist, have drawn stupid fanart, and it’s not appropriate to use as a professional reference!"

In the mind of people who decry the ‘fake geek girl,’ this fandom is not as worthy. It damages, or in their mind, destroys the canon. What is the point of memorizing every possible romantic entanglement of heterosexual white Danny Rand if someone turns around and creates a fanwork depicting him as a bisexual female of Asian descent (thus subverting Rand’s creepy ‘white savior’ origins)? When Danny Rand becomes Dani Rand, their power is lessened. What is important to them ceases to be the focus of the discussion. Creation and curatorship can work in tandom, but typically, in fandom, they are on opposite poles.

This is not to say that there aren’t brilliant male cosplayers or smashing female trivia experts, this is to say that the need of the individual fan is met with opposing concepts: In order for me to find myself in comics, I need to make that space for myself, and that is a creative force. Het white cis males are more likely to do anything possible to defend and preserve the canon because the canon is built to cater to them.

I’m not sure how much I can agree with it because it’s heavily gender prescriptive and essentialist and people, wonderful complex creatures that we are, don’t divide neatly into groups . But it’s an interesting theory.

I agree, this is over simplifying the problem and also ignoring POC of all genders/orientations who cosplay and/or are involved in the actual canon creation. 

From what I’ve seen as a person involved in the planning and running of an anime convention is that the problem is not with the fandom per se. It’s with the perception of fandom. 

All you have to do is look at how the media treats the concept to see that society’s perception more resembles this:

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Here you see some very dedicated, very passionate fans being held back by the police (Circa 1964. “Beatlemania. October 1965, London, England, UK. Policemen struggle to restrain young Beatles fans outside Buckingham Palace).

Even the name ‘fan’ comes from the root word fanatic. Fanatic itself doesn’t carry a very good connotation as it is often used to describe someone who obsesses over something to the point it can become psychologically damaging.

In reality most fandoms are more like this:

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Everyone has something to contribute and some stand out more than others but everyone has a place. Even the white cis hetero male. The issue is that at times some in the fandom (unfortunately often they are white, cis, hetero males but by no means limited to them) have a sense of entitlement to the content of the the fandom. There are those who feel they must keep the content ‘pure’ and refuse to acknowledge any fan creation that is not strictly canon based. Since so many fandoms feature white male leads it’s no wonder that those who do not identify as such feel the need to see themselves represented by creating transformative works.

This does not create a ‘fake’ fan. If anything those who create transformative works are some of the most knowledgeable and devoted in the fandom.

Beyond that, new or casual fans being labeled as ‘fake’ fans because they haven’t yet had a chance to assimilate everything or are not as invested in creating content is counter-intuitive and not only asinine but actually damaging to the fandom. How else do you expect the fandom to grow if you belittle and mock those who are just discovering it or those who simply like to enjoy the media for what it is?

Instead of being worried about the person being a ‘fake’ fan you should be more worried about those who try to police the fandom. Entertainment is there for us to enjoy, not be told we shouldn’t because we don’t fit the profile of the supposed target audience. 

Suggested reading:

What if Geek Girls Acted Like Geek Guys?

'Fake Geek Girls' Paranoia is About Male Insecurity, Not Female Duplicity

Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth

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whatbethsays:

yes but consider this for your otp:

  • being reunited after surviving the zombie apocalypse unknowing if the other was alive or dead AU
  • rescuing their partner from a recon mission gone wrong AU
  • drama school rivals being cast as romantic opposites because they have “crazy sexual tension” according to their director AU
  • "are we both robbing the same house oh fuck" AU
  • growing up together in a rough neighbourhood AU
  • mutual friends always dragged to the same inane barbecues AU

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kitt-and-yorkey-for-president:

RENT modern college au called TUITION

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commodifiedsouls:

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decodethefallenmoon:

wafflesforstephanie:

geth-metal:

frostbackscat:

Oh my god if you’re going to judge someone’s cosplay you better learn your fucking shit because this is Duela Dent you goddamn assholes.


AHAHAHA
Perpetually laughing over the fact that “real gamer/comic book nerd” males keep insulting women for cosplaying things they’ve never even heard of 
who’s the “fake geek” now, fuckers? 

Make it viral

WOULD YOU LIKE SOME ICE FOR THAT BURN MEME-MAKER

I’ve seen this and reblogged this before but i’ll do it again because “real nerds,” can be such fucking ass holes.

Always reblog nerds being put in their place.

commodifiedsouls:

sauronsoreboobs:

decodethefallenmoon:

wafflesforstephanie:

geth-metal:

frostbackscat:

Oh my god if you’re going to judge someone’s cosplay you better learn your fucking shit because this is Duela Dent you goddamn assholes.

AHAHAHA

Perpetually laughing over the fact that “real gamer/comic book nerd” males keep insulting women for cosplaying things they’ve never even heard of 

who’s the “fake geek” now, fuckers? 

Make it viral

WOULD YOU LIKE SOME ICE FOR THAT BURN MEME-MAKER

I’ve seen this and reblogged this before but i’ll do it again because “real nerds,” can be such fucking ass holes.

Always reblog nerds being put in their place.

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iwriteaboutfeminism:

Police again force protesters to keep moving or face arrest. 

Vine"We have been very lenient." - officer

September 27th

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castielmyspell:

taco-of-the-violets:

castielmyspell:

things people do in fanfic no one does in real life

  • smirk every frickin five seconds
  • gulp
  • stutter to be cute
  • be like “yeah ok” when asked to call someone “daddy”
  • chuckle gently
  • chuckle in general
  • make simple misunderstandings into the biggest bitch fest you will ever experience
  • NO ONE CHUCKLES IT DOESN’T HAPPEN

I chuckled so hard at this

fuck off

*smirks*

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feminismandpugsarelife:

xiribim:

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My female villains are all so different!! But they all wear black clothes, dark lipstick and up-dos. Why waste time in characterization when their looks can tell all you need to know? I mean you don’t want them being more than stereotypes, that would be so confusing to the audience! 

At first I thought those were all the same person

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  • Guy: What do girls do at sleepovers?
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tokillthatmockingbird:

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tokillthatmockingbird:

i was basically told that women should be polite when they call men out for catcalling

ill redefine the motherfucking word polite god damn webster dictionary gonna erase the word polite from everybody’s vocabulary if I ever hear someone tell me…

"It’s as if men do not care what i have to say regardless of the presentation" So why not be super polite, smile pretty, and let them continue to look like the ass instead of losing your temper and giving them the satisfaction of calling you anything else after you walk away. Catcalling is wrong, and yes, men should be called out for it. But I’m a very, very firm believer in the fact that angry confrontations and losing your temper don’t do anybody any long term good. The only way you’re going to change someone’s mind/opinion is by taking the high road. The low road may briefly change a behavior, but positive reinforcement does so much better in performing true change in the world. 

So I wasn’t going to reply to this because it annoyed me too much, but I’m going to because I’m not going to stop thinking about it.

The men who are resorting to catcalling and harassment are not men that are going to rethink their actions when you say with a smile on your face, “I do not like what you did. It was rude.” No matter what I say or how I say it, getting a reaction is what they want. I’m not required to make the interaction civil for them. It’s ludicrous to suggest that I shove down anger, disgust, and fear in order to “take the high road” when it’s pretty clear that cat callers aren’t going to change their behavior regardless of my tone of voice.

Why not be super polite, smile pretty, and let them continue to look like an ass instead of losing my temper and giving them the satisfaction of calling me anything else after I walk away? Because I don’t look like an ass, and if you think that a woman— even one who looses her temper in a public place because of extreme disrespect and harassment— looks like an ass for calling out her harassers, you should very seriously take a look at why you think that.

For another thing, street harassment has been so internalized as something that is, perhaps not acceptable but not something worth preventing/intervening, that people typically don’t even look at catcallers as looking like asses. So they continue to get away with doing what they are doing to women. A few eye rolls in their direction is not going to hurt their egos, nor is it going to change their behavior. Certainly politely asking someone to kindly stop doing what they are doing is not going to change their behavior either. 

Also, you should consider what you are saying a little closer: you have just asked the ones being harassed to be in charge of altering the behavior of their harassers. It’s a form of victim blaming to suggest that I should temper my reaction to these men so that I can lead them towards the high road. I have absolutely zero obligation to treat these people with respect, considering the only interaction I have with them is when they instigate, without provocation or reason, a brief relationship based on disrespect and harassment. I also, personally, have no obligation to attempt to change their behavior. That’s the job of society at large. That’s the job of bystanders who are not in danger of being physically harmed if they step in. 

I was once cornered up against a building and had a man start undressing right in front of me, telling me that I was pretty and to tell him if I thought he was ugly. When I politely said, “I don’t think you’re ugly, but I’d like to go,” would you like to know his reaction? Crowd me closer to the building, get more demanding, and ask me again, “Are you sure you don’t think I’m ugly?” 

In my experience, being polite has never stopped anyone from harassing me. In my experience, getting in their face or yelling at them from a distancing or flipping them the middle finger has been a hell of a lot more effective than “taking the high road.” 

I’m happy that you’re a firm believer in taking the high road to alter the behavior of your aggressors, but do not preach to me how I should treat men who disrespect me. In the moment that someone is harassing me, I’m not thinking about their feelings or the long term effects of my screaming at them. If they stop bothering me— and they typically do when I fight back— that is what I need to feel safe, and that is what I will continue to do.

TL/DR: I completely 100% disagree with your opinion of how I choose to react to street harassment, and I will not be altering my behavior in favor of a supposed moral high road.

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dontbearuiner:

So I went on a bit of a rant on Twitter earlier.

If you’re no longer making money at cons, either stop going or refocus. It’s not other peoples’ fault that your business model no longer caters to them.

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