This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 55

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start… There are too many things to add here. Fandom is having a moment. Actually, several fandoms are having several moments. In no particular order, here are some of the highlights (and sad stories) that may have recently bombarded your social media feeds:

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 51

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening. Before we start, did you see the OTW’s panel at Whedoncon this past weekend? We’re turning 10 this year, and in celebration OTW personnel Claudia Rebaza (Communications) and Betsy Rosenblatt (Legal) held a discussion about the incredible ride we’ve all been on over the past decade.


Related to last week’s discussion of the Shimadacest fandom, The Mary Sue posted an article about fandom callout culture. The article is a good breakdown of the phenomenon for those who might be unfamiliar with it.

“What I find more insidious and worrisome is when the importance of identifying and pointing out systemic fractures within society becomes a stick with which one can beat on fandom participants, wielded by a few who have appointed themselves the moral voice of fandom at large. There’s the content policing which suggests that certain restrictions should be enforced on fic archiving sites, beyond the warning system and content tags which exist precisely to help people avoid triggering content. Then there’s the bullying which masks itself through the appropriation of social justice movements and a callout culture which affords no scope for learning from past mistakes.”

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This Week in Fandom Volume 12

This Week in Fandom, Volume 45

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, a heads up that it appears that people are still debating sexism in Doctor Who and its fandom. With 30 comments so far on a 300-word article.


The Guardian posted an article written by a furry fan hoping to dispel the stigma surround the practice. The author, Brian Switek, recounts their personal experience accepting the fact that they’re a furry, and that that’s ok.

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