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.

I had always heard the word “furry” as a pejorative, a term practically synonymous with fetish. […] I was in a knot for days leading up to purchasing a ticket to my first furry convention at the relatively late age of 33. […] Furry is not a fetish. […] It’s about identity, picking a fursona – like a persona, naturally – that’s a projection of who you are or wish you could be.

While there are many opinions about furries (and some of the more negative ones can be found in the comments on the article), there are those who agree that being a furry is a type of self-expression and self-actualization.

A slightly bizarre article called “Welcome to the Fan Parade: A Guide for Fandom Newcomers” was published on The Mary Sue recently. There was some initial disappointment among OTW personnel at the fact that the article was not in fact about a parade, but rather that the title referred to “The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance. As the title suggests, the article is a guide for those unfamiliar with fandom, but the intended audience seems to be people involved in media production, such as actors and writers.

It’s a good basic introduction, and it has some good advice, like “If you’re an actor, tweeting about your garbage fans is probably not a good idea, but confessing that you yourself are ‘Buffy trash’ will endear you.” But as one commenter said, “It kind of reads like you expect Jeremy Renner or Scarlet Johansson to stumble onto [the article]. Which, hey, it’s possible. I’m just not entirely sure it’s probable.”

It does bring up an interesting topic, though–what would you want media producers to know about fandom, if they had no experience with the culture? Let us know in the comments!

Lastly, there’s a new zine about vidding! Videlicet is a visually stunning single issue online zine with lots of embedded media. You can read about the project here and check out the articles here.

We want your suggestions! If you have a story you think we should include, please contact us! Suggestions are welcome in all languages. Submitting a story doesn’t guarantee that it will be included in a TWIF post, and inclusion of a story doesn’t mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

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  1. Jewelfox commented:

    They were “in a knot,” they say.

    (Srsly furry means a lot to a lot of people, but as a fandom it’s kind of toxic and has been co-opted by bad … actors.)