Links Roundup for 17 October 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories on gender in fandom that might be of interest to fans:

  • Newsarama interviewed Geek Girl Con organizer Erica McGillivray about the recent event which “celebrat[es] female involvement in “math, the sciences, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, fiction, gaming and more”” as part of their “Pro-Girls” series. Discussing her particular area of interest, comics, McGillivray did “Some math: women + ethnic and racial minorities + queer people + disabled = the majority of the world’s population and the largest potential audience. Except to continue the status quo of the white heteronormative patriarchy, I don’t understand why any industry continues to only serve the white male market. Of course, comic books aren’t the only industry that does this and [sic] makes me scratch my head.”
  • NPR ran a segment on the new FX television show, The League and “how they explore the bigger theme of middle-aged male friendship through the prism of rabid fandom.” The idea sprang from one of the co-producers who is herself a fantasy football player. “[I]t seemed to me that fantasy sports were really, really growing. There’s so many things about it that make it such a more contemporary book club, if you will, that brings both men and women together in a really organic way.”” (Partial transcript available).

If you play fantasy sports, are in a comics fandom, or if you are a con-goer why not contribute your perspectives to Fanlore? Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent Links Roundup — on transformativeworks.org, LJ, or DW — or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

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Links Roundup for 9 September 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about fan protests that might be of interest to fans:

  • Fans on Tumblr planned a Blackout Day to protest changes on the site on September 3. It’s not clear how effective the protest was in terms gaining the attention of Tumblr management but it may have had an impact on site traffic.
  • During Comic-Con in July, fans protested DC Comics’ decision to reboot many of their series, a change which erased or sidelined a number of female and minority characters and contributed to the reduced number of female creators at DC. DC cited fan concerns in their announcement that they would be preparing “new projects with women creators in the coming months.”
  • Numerous fan clubs for Michael Jackson have been protesting a planned charity concert in Wales to honor him, citing concerns about where the money will go, the invited performers, and the timing of the event while the trial of Jackson’s doctor continues.
  • A fan dubbed Clipper Darrell is planning to stage a sleep-in to protest the NBA lockout which will deprive him of seeing his Clippers basketball team. Although his is a solo protest, a group of Dodgers baseball fans have staged two protests regarding poor management of their team. While the effectiveness of these efforts is in doubt, the article concludes “you have to give fans credit when they are willing to stand up for what they believe in…This group of fans is doing something about it.”

If you’re part of a fandom on Tumblr or DC Comics, why not contribute your experiences to Fanlore? Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent Links Roundup — on transformativeworks.org, LJ, or DW — or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

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Links Roundup for 31 August 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about gender and sexuality in fandom that might be of interest to fans:

  • In a strong counterexample to the women’s invisibility problem demonstrated by the L.A. Times’ entertainment blog Hero Complex (which is subtitled “For your inner fanboy”), a group of female cosplayers at Comic Con created the Gender Bent Justice League where men and women genderswap well known superheroes. The group is making a statement as well as having fun: “We try to keep it pretty scantily clad for [the men] because that’s how women are portrayed,” says Silver. “We weren’t scantily clad for ourselves because that’s not the point. We’re showing that girls can be clothed and be superheroes because, most of the time, they aren’t.”
  • Also helping to keep women visible in fandom, Chicks Dig Time Lords, a book celebrating female Doctor Who fandom, recently won a Hugo award. The volume includes a contribution from OTW Board member Francesca Coppa: Girl Genius: Nyssa of Traken.
  • In the BitchMedia post Ambiguously Gay Wizards, actors in the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fandoms are cited as examples of playing gay to the fans for professional reasons. “But it also highlights how much of the cultural bandwidth Straight Men playing or imitating Gay Men is starting to take up, and how lucrative being ambiguously heteroflexible can be in securing more of the fandom’s attention”.

There are currently no entries on Fanlore for the Justice League. If you’re part of that fandom or have taken part in cosplay the site could use your contributions!

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