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This Week in Fandom, Volume 100

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, a huge thank you to everyone for helping this series reach 100 volumes. When TWIF was started, we had no idea whether we’d get this far. It’s been awesome to see the series grow and read all the comments from people who enjoy it. Here’s to many more volumes to come!


The big story in fandom continues to be the Tumblr Purge. Tumblr’s new community guidelines went into effect yesterday, banning all sexually explicit image and video content, including fan art. After all the backlash against these guidelines when they were first announced, Tumblr’s staff account posted an update to clarify some aspects of the changes. Warning: This post contains image examples of what Tumblr now considers acceptable depictions of nudity, which are probably NSFW. In an incredibly ironic turn of events, the post was then apparently flagged as a violation of the new community guidelines. So it would seem that things have a ways to go before they’re running smoothly again. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 99

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening. Today is a bit of a special edition–we’ll be talking exclusively about the continuation of The Tumblr Purge.

Yesterday, Tumblr made an announcement that, as of December 17th, 2018, it would ban “adult content, including explicit sexual content and nudity.” Tumblr’s new community guidelines specify further that “Certain types of artistic, educational, newsworthy, or political content featuring nudity are fine,” but things like “female-presenting nipples” are not, which has inspired some satirical memes. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 98

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you hear that the Doctor Who Christmas Special is becoming a New Year’s Special this year? What do you think? (I suspect my brother is unhappy, but maybe this means he’ll actually be mentally present while we’re opening gifts this year.)


This past week saw the release of the trailer for the upcoming film After, which is based on a novel adapted from a reader-insert One Direction fanfic. Reaction to the trailer has been mixed. While BuzzFeed News reports that fans are mostly excited, they also mention that some fans are cautioning about elements of the film that could be triggering for people sensitive to depictions of abusive relationships. (more…)