This Week in Fandom, Volume 10

To begin: Gillian Anderson is now on Tumblr. And her handle is @chewiesgirlfriend. (Yes, really.) She kicked off her tumbling with a Q & A session.

There may have been a few Fangirl Moments among OTW personnel when this was discovered.

In sadder news about wonderful women on television, Agent Carter has been cancelled. However, with the #SaveAgentCarter hashtag trending on Twitter, and a petition asking Netflix to pick up the series receiving over 110,000 signatures, it’s possible that we haven’t seen the last of Peggy Carter.

Are you a fan artist? Would you like to be part of a group self-portrait? Tumblr user @euclase is leading a project to put together a pan-fandom group picture of artists as they’ve drawn themselves. Details, as well as a previous group self-portrait, can be found on euclase’s Tumblr. Submissions are due June 25, 2016.

Calling all Australians! As we previously mentioned, recommendations have been made for Australia to adopt Fair Use laws, and at the end of June the Productivity Commission will be hosting a series of public hearings across the country on Intellectual Property Arrangements. If you’d like to go and speak in favour of Fair Use, visit the Australian Government’s website for more information and to register to attend.

Lastly, Fusion published an article about the term fandom trash. “People use the term ‘as a preemptive way of acknowledging and dismissing themselves for being so into the thing,’ fandom linguist Gretchen McCulloch explained over Skype. ‘They recognize that they’re into this thing that people might judge them for, so they’re going to judge themselves first.’ McCulloch sees calling yourself ‘fandom trash’ as a self-deprecating move akin to, say, captioning a selfie with “Ugh, I look so gross today.'”

The article then explores the fannish practices that people feel might be judged as “trash,” venturing into fannish history and subversive, divergent readings and transformative fanworks. The article concludes “For many, these internet pockets of insular fandom are still the only places offering up true diversity regarding race, sexuality, gender, and just about every other kind of marginalized representation. The passion generated in those spaces provides a way to fully explore and test identity, desire, and human connection in ways that still aren’t possible or safe to do in the public-facing world. And, well, there’s nothing trash about that.” However, it does point out that there is still use for the term “Hamilton trash,” at least.

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