Too Enthusiastic About the Miracle of Human Consciousness

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What is significant about fan fiction is that it often spins the kind of stories that showrunners wouldn’t think to tell, because fanficcers often come from a different demographic. The discomfort seems to be not that the shows are being reinterpreted by fans, but that they are being reinterpreted by the wrong sorts of fans - women, people of colour, queer kids, horny teenagers, people who are not professional writers, people who actually care about continuity (sorry). The proper way for cultural mythmaking to progress, it is implied, is for privileged men to recreate the works of privileged men from previous generations whilst everyone else listens quietly.
Sherlock and the Adventure of the Overzealous Fanbase by Laurie Penny  (via basilandtheblues)

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angrylolrus asked: About femme invisibility: I had a hard time understanding exactly what it is. But, do you think there's a similar thing that happens to gay men?


Sorry for any confusion! We might make a part two. I am obviously not as familiar with gay men’s circles, but if there is something similar happening to gay men, I imagine it would be the opposite — like bear invisibility or invisibility of other “straight-presenting” guys (again, acknowledging that there’s no such thing as looking straight or looking gay). Stereotypes about queer women are that they’re butch; stereotypes about queer men are that they’re feminine. Therefore, it messes with people’s brains when queer women are feminine or when queer men are masculine. So if there is a similar effect for gay men, my inkling is that it would apply primarily to non-feminine gay guys. But I could be very wrong!