Genrefvckery: The Smelling Fresh, Triumphant Diamonds in the Rough

Back in late 2019, I went through a stint of stumbling across rarer songs on Spotify. I do this every now and again; it's yielded surprisingly awesome results (including otherwise-popular musicians who just aren't listened to through the platform, like Joerg Reiter). But nothing compares to The Smelling Fresh, a university bedroom recording project by … Continue reading Genrefvckery: The Smelling Fresh, Triumphant Diamonds in the Rough

Behind the Curtain: Exclusion Trauma and M/M Spaces

Content note: this article talks about "fujoshi discourse" and both criticisms and supports of m/m ship spaces, as well as getting into homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny and racism, some mentions of pedophilia accusations, and sexual assault/rape. I'm not capable of talking about the original or cultural meaning of 'fujoshi' in the appropriate depth; rather, I'm using … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Exclusion Trauma and M/M Spaces

Behind the Curtain: Anti-Shipping is a Bad Faith Position

TW: This column discusses harassment campaigns, radical feminism, suicide, death threats and indoctrination, as well as pedophilia in the context of false accusations. Anti-shipping in fandom isn't new. For as long as fandom has existed - our earliest sense of an organized fanclub for any book or franchise is the original Sherlock Holmes series -- … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Anti-Shipping is a Bad Faith Position

The Case Against Puritanism: It’s Time To Give It Up And Let Teens Get Off

Please note: If you're not reading this column while sustaining the ability to both retain your sense of humour with your tongue in your cheek, and take it seriously, you won't get much out of it. This column discusses underage sexuality, neo-puritan/anti-sex ideology, (briefly) pedophilia, transphobia and sexual assault. Teens are horny. This is one … Continue reading The Case Against Puritanism: It’s Time To Give It Up And Let Teens Get Off