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the artist formerly known as oneangrykate ([personal profile] riseupwithfists) wrote2010-05-30 05:17 pm
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Intersectionality: you can has it.

Ugh, I've stopped and restarted this several times, and inside me there's a much longer version of this post in which I explore in depth the problems with navigating in the world that we live in and what that says about how we navigate fannish space, and also the problems I've been having lately with the concept of fannish policing, but I will say this:

Can we stop conflating not writing/shipping het pairings (or not writing/shipping an equal ratio of male/male and female/female pairings) with misogyny? Please? It's a lot more complicated than that, and I've been seeing a lot of very dense, difficult issues compressed into a dismissive simplicity that isn't necessarily accurate.

Not to mention the fact that I personally don't write or ship het (with a few queered exceptions) because I am queer and am in fandom partly in order to escape all that het stuff.

(Also, if you don't think this is about you, then it probably isn't. I just felt like I had to be cranky in my own space rather than wank it up in the spaces of others.)

ETA: To be clear, I thoroughly enjoy reading and sometimes writing what I call "queered-up het", and my scorn is most certainly not including this realm of fandom.

ETAx2: Jube, as usual, hits the nail right on the fucking head.

[personal profile] jubilancy 2010-05-30 11:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah. While I think there are a gazillion really important things to be said about the masculinized template usually handed writers and readers and its negative effects on everyone, I am uncomfortable with the fact that moments of genderqueer/trans identification by the presumed-female writer writing about men are being submerged in a narrative about women's misogyny. I don't think our goal as gender warriors should be to force people to explicitly identify as trans before we give them the okay to one way they might be working out their thoughts about gender identity.