January 29th, 2014

sherlock

gender and fanfic

My last post has me thinking a little about gender and fanfic. At least in the Tolkien fandom, it seemed like conventional wisdom that most fanfic writers are women. Not all of them; I can think of three offhand who I'm fairly share are male, though I'm hesitant to name names since their pennames don't make this obvious. But it does seem there's a higher proportion of women in fandom than in society at large or even among professional writers, at least in my experience.

I'm less sure about the why. So here are some questions floating around I'd like to see answered:

1. Why do you write fanfic?
2. Are you male or female? Want to describe that further? (i.e. I'm a girl but something of a tomboy)
3. What effect, if any, do you think your gender has on your decision to write fanfic? Are there other more important factors? Less important ones?
4. If it were possible to write fiction and have it published professionally (Sherlock Holmes pastiches, Star Wars tie-in novels, etc.), would you? Why or why not?
5. Do you think your gender has anything to do with <i>this</i> decision? Explain.

But those are just suggestions. If you have thoughts on this topic, feel free to share it however you like. And do feel free to spread the link to this to anyone you know.

I may do a post on this at some point, in which case I may quote comments made here. Or I may not; this may be just for my interest. So if you'd rather me not do that, just mention you don't want to be quoted and I'll respect that.   

Mr. Moffat, your privilege is showing

I’m not going to use the word “misogyny” after this line right here. Other people have called him stronger things: sexist, homophobic, even racist. For a lot of people those terms have a tinge of intention to them (you can’t be, say, a sexist, without intentionally trying to push women down), and I’m honestly not sure that’s what’s going on here. But here’s the thing: you don’t have to go nearly that far to cross into what John Watson would call a bit not good.

In fact, I’ll go better: privilege is bad. And in my humble assessment, it’s at least one of Mr. Moffat’s biggest problems.

Let’s start with the obvious: Steven Moffat is a fanboy. If there’s any question on this point, consider his recent statement in a TOR piece on “The Sign of Three”:

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Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.