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( Dec. 2nd, 2013 07:47 pm)
So I know the vast majority of you through fandom of one flavor or another so I feel okay with sharing this... I've very slowly come to realize something interesting.

Men write fanfic somewhat (and obviously) differently than women.  I know the majority of fanfic is written by women, but there are men who do it, too (and are fine writers of it).

I've recently found several authors who self identify as men (whether they are or not, well, who really knows on the Internet, right?).

And every single one of them have had their female characters want to be gently touched in the breast region.  And felt up, or ogled, or played with or whatever - perhaps sooner in the relationship any girl I knew would be comfortable with (and at younger ages, too).  I don't know (and didn't know) any girl at fifteen who absolutely knew how they wanted to be touched and had the confidence to flat out tell - no *instruct* a boy exactly how, where, and how much.  That is a very male fantasy, and something most girls need time and maturity to grow the confidence for (and experience of doing).

I don't mind the focus on the boobies - really - and some of the authors are very "fade to black" when it comes time to actually describe the boobies (I swear most women slash writers are more comfortable describing men's junk than these menfolk are describing the bit (or lot) of skin between a girl's chin and her belly button.  So far most of what I have gotten is "warm").  And most of the female sexual releases are described by how she sounds rather than what she looks like or feels like or anything else.

Most of the boys in these stories are grateful for the instruction, and willing to be led sexually, but perfectly able to also be "gentlemanly" about it.

I haven't found the men writers to be too much into writing the femslash - they're all about the het so far (never mind the slash of the menfolk variety - I am sure it exists but I haven't found much).

Anyone else have other observances between men fanfic writers and women fanfic writers (or people who put themselves out on the interwebz as male as opposed to people who put themselves out as female - or even those who never self identify as any gender)?
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( Oct. 13th, 2008 01:00 pm)
So I've got this friend who is in the Comparative Media Studies graduate program at MIT with Dr. Henry Jenkins. And she is looking for perspectives *from* *fans.* Now I've known [livejournal.com profile] flourish for years (not well, but I can pick her out of a crowded room and carry on a rational conversation with her), and she is a thoughtful, intelligent person. And a fan. I know some folks on my flist are in a lot of different fandoms than her, and thought you all would have some good perspectives!

This is what she writes in her LJ (post can be found here: http://flourish.livejournal.com/250092.html):

What would you say to the people who own the stories you write fanfic for?

Since I came to CMS@MIT, I’ve apparently gotten pretty legit, at least in the eyes of the business community. So, I’m going to have a number of opportunities in the future (some of them in the immediate future) to talk to people who set policies about fanfiction - I have at least one speaking engagement already set. To them, I’m a window into the fan community. I’m an expert. I’m a chance for them to learn more about what we all do. But I don’t want this to just be about what I think. I might forget something that’s important.

So what would you like to say to the corporations? What would you tell them about how they can work with fans? What would you explain to them that they don’t understand? How would you suggest that they balance their interests and yours? I want to know. And if you tell me, I might be able to pass them on.

Please, guys, pass this on to everyone you know in the fan community. I really want to get as many responses to this as I can. I will collate the responses I get and circulate them to people in the corporate world - so your response here might actually get read by the people who control the properties that you're writing fanfic about. I want everyone's perspective.


So go forth and comment on her post! Give her some of your thoughts on fandom, on being a fan, on fanfic, on anything related.
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( Feb. 15th, 2008 12:36 pm)
I'm the first to say I don't know much about vidding, but [livejournal.com profile] heidi8 is doing some really nice work with fandom and schoolhouse rock.

Her Supernatural themed vid: "A Noun Is a Person, Place or Thing (As Explained by Sam Winchester)"

is adorable. Go watch. (bandits! dogs barking! person, place, and thing!)
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( Aug. 4th, 2006 01:10 pm)
So catching up on my bud Eljay...

I am posting a link to slytherincess's veritaserum meme and also jlh's continuation and additions to slytherincess's meme, because I think it says a lot of what I am thinking about being in/around/out of fandom.

I linger on the edges of things simply because I can't stand some of the inter-fan politics. Don't get me wrong, I love being part of stuff - being on senior staff at Lumos was totally worth it - and the senior staff were some of the best folks at the event. But even there I was only responsible for decorations - on the edges, on the fringe, not out in front of everyone. But a lot of the inner circle stuff went zoom over my head, simply because I was a stand-in, not there from the beginning.

Yeah, Slytherincess's number one - BNF=WTF. This, I get. I don't really pay much attention to BNFs. Some of them I can't stand in person (see fairly mild rant on live podcast at Lumos in previous post). Some I am just simply not aware of, 'cause personally, life's too short. I am too busy to pay much attention.

I have been fangirled, and it made me slightly uncomfortable. Except in the case where I could fangirl right back *cough*ailei*cough*khirsah*cough*. But that was also three years ago, and I was half fried at the time, so I'm not sure they didn't come away with the thought I was an incoherent boob.

Ah, well. Perhaps it is time to retire the Lumos icon. Sad.
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