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

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?

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