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Take a look at this week’s Reads of the Week: Great articles about the LGBTQ community, feminism, women and anything else worth reading.
- “In 2014, mainstream publishers published 47 LGBT YA books. This is a 59% increase from 2013, when only 29 LGBT YA books were published by mainstream publishers.” – Malinda Lo, “2014 LGBT YA By the Numbers“
- “[…W]e resolved to keep track of what people got outraged about every day of 2014. Since January, a phalanx of editors, writers, and interns has been scanning the horizons for funnels of fury[…]The rage-a-day calendar above contains the fruits of their labor: a comprehensive listing of what was outrageous and whom it outraged, for every single day of the year.” – Slate, “The Year of Outrage”
- “Rape culture, particularly as it manifests in black America, demands that justice for sexual assault victims be positioned secondary to the reputations of “good” black men. And in a white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy that cares little for black men, and even less for black women, “good” black men are too often the only victims we collectively exert the energy to save.” – Kirsten West Savali, “Bye, Phylicia Rashad. Your Romanticizing of Cosby—and Cosby—Is Wrong”
Pretty sure that sums it up.
Literary professor and fanfiction aficionado, Anne Jamison has taken on the wide world of fanfiction in her comprehensive volume, fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World. Covering topics such as its history, publishing and the current (2013) scope of fanficition, this collection is fairly accessible and easy to read–largely absent of pretentious academic jargon. In other words, at the end, fanfiction still sounds like community-based pleasurable reading and writing activity it is, thanks to Jamison’s obvious appreciation for and participation in fan culture.
The largest strength of this volume, aside from the positive and intelligent light Jamison sheds on the fanficition community, is the inclusion of essays from fanfic writers themselves across multiple fandoms. This includes Big Name Fans and Authors and others from Harry Potter, Twilight, Sherlock, Supernatural, Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more. The voices of women–the large majority of fanficition writers–are well represented and respected. These are people in the fandom trenches telling it like it is.
I received an anonymous ask on Tumblr that goes: “You said giving a voice to the LGBTQ community but from looking at your blog you seem more like someone who cares more for the L than the rest.” This is a correct observation–there is more L on my blogs than anything else–but it is not for lack of caring about the GBTQs. Perhaps some transparency in my thought process is helpful.
While Klaine shippers make some of the strongest misguided claims, they are certainly not alone. Brittana shippers have been known to employ this same logic—that Brittana can save the ratings! Sure, Brittana has a lot more going for it (this is not an unbiased site), but it’s just not true. Glee’s 100th episode showed a bump in ratings. Yes, Brittana was back, but so were many originals. Mainstream critical response, which is probably the most accurate window into what general audiences think, was not overwhelmingly positive for this episode. Glee’s 101st episode, as a continuation, showed a rating drop from the week before. The Brittana resolution was not enough to even maintain ratings from the week before. Even an attempt at boycott by Brittana fans during Swan song in season 4, when the Brittana fandom was at its height, didn’t affect the ratings that much.
The news broke earlier today that Naya Rivera has been written out of Glee’s season 5 finale. Things don’t look great for Santana’s return in season 6, sort of how Glee’s ratings don’t look so good. As a result, ‘No Naya No Glee’ trended for about 3 hours today, one of the longest Glee trends, especially in recent months.
I was frantically running around my bedroom, angling my computer just right to capture the action on the TV screen and making sure my computer wouldn’t go to sleep in the middle of recording. (This is what I call poor woman’s DVR.) I chewed all my fingernails off with anxiety before I even left the house in fear my sad attempt at recording a live television show wouldn’t capture what I needed it to. I barely made it out the door on time. What was wrong with me?
On that night, Glee was airing its season three Valentine’s Day episode. At the time, I was still trying to convince myself I wanted to be a professional saxophone player (along with denying other parts of my identity). So, I was out the door to rehearse a big saxophone solo I was performing with a local orchestra. Unfortunately, the rehearsal time was scheduled so that I might miss all or part of the Valentine’s Day episode of Glee. Sure, I could watch it later, but there was no way that was going to cut it. Not at all. Rumor had it, and oh, I don’t know, maybe twenty episodes overdue, that a beautiful moment like this was happening:
Expressing appreciation to favorite actors/performers, interacting with other fans, creating fan art, videos, writing fan fiction… All of these are regular fandom activities that seem impossible without at the very least a computer, especially in a world where it’s hard to function without technology for even five minutes.
The internet and social media has certainly become core vehicles of fandom, allowing fans around the globe to easily connect, interface and share their fandom creations. Really, how did a fandom ever do anything before the internet and social media? Turns out, they did the same thing fans do now, just with the technology (or lack thereof) that was available at the time.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, reflecting, reading, listening and talking recently about Brittana, Glee and the ongoing battle of the fans. And you know what? It might be time for testing a new approach.
The traditional model of fighting for equality involves just that; a lot of fighting. Everything from advocating for government change through rallies and protests, all the way to TV and boycotting advertisers, or letter writing campaigns. That’s what the model looks like; something isn’t right, we take up our pitch forks and picket signs and fight like hell.
But equality is most likely not won by fighting alone. That’s part of the reason culture changes more from TV than anything else. People develop an attachment to or understanding of their favorite characters. Sometimes those characters are lesbian, gay, or otherwise different from ourselves, and we extend our new found love of those characters to a new found acceptance of real life people similar to those characters.