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People cycle in and out of fandoms, and we lose a lot of institutional memory -— like people today not having any idea why older fans or older fics use disclaimers. Having the OTW as that institution that supports things like Fanlore, and that brings different fandoms into a space where they might interact, helps with that sort of thing...Just generally, fandom needs institutions -— we need a fanworks repository that’s not beholden to advertisers or individuals’ finances; we need an academic journal that is not beholden to the academic publishing industry; etc.

Mel Stanfill wrote about fan labor in 2014 and about femslash in 2017. Mel takes a look at fandom then & now https://goo.gl/qiUhYL
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“The coalescence of femslash as a metafandom unto itself may have paradoxically contributed to a bird's-eye view of its marginality. As we might glean from the primacy of slash as the unmarked term (denoting same-sex couples in general and male-male couples in particular), F/F remains underrepresented not only in scholarly research but also arguably in fandom overall (compared to M/M and also to het [heterosexual] and gen [nonsexual] fiction and art).

Femslash fans often frame their experience in this way, as was the case at the "Where's the F/F?" panel at the May 2015 WisCon feminist science fiction convention in Madison, Wisconsin. The conversation took as a jumping-off point detailed statistics, compiled by destinationtoast, on fan fiction posted at Archive of Our Own.”

TWC issue No 24 on femslash fandom is out! Read about Grey's Anatomy Wynonna Earp, The 100, Orphan Black, Once Upon a Time, Kpop, Jpop & more! https://goo.gl/n59EMJ
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This week in fandom, we explore pop culture's role in a dangerous and unjust world: http://goo.gl/jswp5v
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This week in fandom, we explore pop culture's role in a dangerous and unjust world, and we want your insight in the comments: http://goo.gl/jswp5v
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Fandom has many voices, and they weighed in last week on how it's supposed to work, what's changed and for whom http://goo.gl/qmM7DG
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Fandom has many voices, and they weighed in last week on how it's supposed to work, what's changed and for whom http://goo.gl/qmM7DG
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Not everything that fandom does is a cause for celebration, but it is a cause for thoughtfulness & response. http://bit.ly/1RNohUm
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downsides

Not everything that fandom does is a cause for celebration, but it is a cause for thoughtfulness & response. http://bit.ly/1RNohUm
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Text: Fannews and Windows, mirrored
What are mirrors and windows? The discovery of self & others through fiction -- and fanfic has an important role. http://bit.ly/1QPN2C3
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Text: Fannews and Windows, mirrored
What are mirrors and windows? The discovery of self & others through fiction -- and fanfic has an important role. http://bit.ly/1QPN2C3

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