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

Behind The Curtain: Is It Villains We Want?

Please note: this column discusses spoilers for a number of movies, series and books, including Black Panther, The Incredibles, Umbrella Academy (Seasons 1 and 2), Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) and (2009), the Harry Potter series and Voltron: Legendary Defender. Child abuse, abandonment, transmisogyny, genocide, anti-Blackness and anti-biracial sentiment are discussed below. If fandom's the most famous … Continue reading Behind The Curtain: Is It Villains We Want?

Genrefvckery: Ten (More) Songs On Spotify You’ve Probably Never Heard

Back in 2018, I did a fun little column about five songs you'd probably never heard - including Montreal bluegrass, Canadian indie rock and rock cello. Now I'm circling back with a sequel and some more little-heard gems that you should give a shot. But first, why Spotify? Bandcamp gives more to artists, and Spotify's … Continue reading Genrefvckery: Ten (More) Songs On Spotify You’ve Probably Never Heard

Behind the Curtain: Let’s Talk About Pseudicide

TW: This column discusses suicide, ableist harassment, and stigma against mental illness, suicide and particularly personality disorders like BPD. Fandom's got its issues; we all know this. It's about as obvious a statement as "Star Wars has robots" or "The Reagan administration was bigoted". But there's an unwillingness in fandom to challenge some of its … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Let’s Talk About Pseudicide