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

Behind the Curtain: The Line Between Harassment and Public Pressure

It was perhaps two years ago now, maybe more, when an account on Twitter with a reputation for going after marginalized creators admitted - I paraphrase - that they went after marginalized "problematic" creators on purpose. They wanted them to lose their jobs, their livelihood, to be driven to the streets. They were not welcome … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: The Line Between Harassment and Public Pressure

Behind the Curtain: “Bad” Mental Illness and the Danger of Visibility

Over the last six months or so, as I write this, I've dealt with a number of attempted harassment campaigns. The majority of them, admittedly, didn't go very far. I'm lucky in that respect - I don't make a good target of outrage, I'm hard to get fired since I work for myself, and I'm … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: “Bad” Mental Illness and the Danger of Visibility

Behind The Curtain: Metaphorical Incest, Fanfiction and Cultural Taboos

TW: As you might have gathered from the title, this column discusses incest, fanfiction policing, pedophilia, and abuse (of various kinds; child sexual abuse, relationship abuse and parental abuse all come up.) Ah, the fanfiction wars. They'll probably never end, and trying to determine when exactly they began is a matter of definition more than … Continue reading Behind The Curtain: Metaphorical Incest, Fanfiction and Cultural Taboos