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October 1st, 2007
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Minor (but fun) News
I just heard from Off Our Backs, the feminist magazine, that they have accepted a piece of mine for their special issue on "feminisms and cultures." I'm not sure what's up with the plurals, but that's what the call for manuscripts said some months ago. I sent them an essay on slash fanfic as a feminist endeavor and promptly forgot about it.

Anyway, when I got the note saying they want to publish it I dragged it out and read it. I've certainly written better essays, but this one isn't embarrassingly bad, and it does make points I think are valid and I'll be fine with having my name attached to it. I hope it leads a few non-fanfic-aware feminists to consider reading slash fiction in general, and my fiction in particular :-). And it's very exciting to me to be published in the first feminist periodical I had ever read, back when I was a baby dyke.

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From:executrix
Date:October 1st, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! And even if it isn't your best work, I'm sure your fair-to-middlin' work is thoughtful, powerful, and well-expressed. (PS--if you have a chance, plz. mail back the Hellekson & Busse, thx.)
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From:mofic
Date:October 1st, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry. I have it here on my desk and I'm truly getting my act together and will go out and buy an envelope for it shortly (had one but lost it). But I can't find your snail mail address. I'm so pathetic - please resend.

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From:mofic
Date:October 1st, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Okay, it's in the mail. Now I don't have to hate myself whenever I see your name anywhere. And I can invite you for dinner again! Want to have another slash get together?
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From:jane_sehrn_ta
Date:October 1st, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations, hon. You deserve some good news! (((gentle huggs)))

*giggles* at the term "baby dyke"
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From:mofic
Date:October 1st, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
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I think I may have been more of a proto-dyke :-) since I started reading OOB in high school.
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From:jane_sehrn_ta
Date:October 2nd, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
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Okay, what's OOB? *looks dumb* (not hard these days!)
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From:jane_sehrn_ta
Date:October 2nd, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
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Ohhh duhh, I should always refer back to the post I'm responding to... Ignore me... :)
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From:realpestilence
Date:October 1st, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
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I always find your essays thoughtful and well-written, so I'm not surprised at this. Congratulations!


Pesti
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From:mofic
Date:October 1st, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! The thing about this one is it's hard to explain what slash is and at the same time explain why I think it can be a feminist activity and do it all in a short essay. It's a good topic, and one we discuss a lot in fandom, but when we do we assume a certain base level of knowledge of fandom, fanfic and slash that I couldn't for this purpose. So I fear it came off sounding like a bit of a hodgepodge - half Slash 101 and half Thisisyourfeministbrainonslash.
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From:realpestilence
Date:October 1st, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)

rambling reply

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I find fandom to be an amazingly feminist-oriented hobby. In spite of the waves of wank that we get deluged by now and then, it's generally supportive and friendly, both on a personal & creative level. I've learned more about computers here than in my life previously...though that's not saying much...and it's usually because a female friend (or even a stranger) took the time to give me pointers. I'm free be outspoken and outrageous in ways that RL doesn't always permit (and be thought smart and amusing, not just bitchy).

I think that fandom *does* have a lot to offer the budding artist or writer, particularly; it gets them practising and if they're lucky (and honest with themselves), they'll fall into a circle of fellow creators who offer good concrit to help them improve. Even a good reader-commentor can help with that (ME, hah! *preens*)

It *does* have real life applications. ANYTHING we can do to improve our collective grammar, spelling, and punctuation is, please yes lordamighty, well worth encouraging. The topics we share *can* be thought-provoking and spur debate, which is good if it doesn't turn nasty.

Fandom gets people working in concert to achieve things, even if it's just establishing a new archive, or organizing a challenge. We communicate constantly amongst ourselves; and, despite people not liking what various cultures or governments do, I've found fandom to be a very accepting place regarding nationality/race/gender/religion, etc. There's no taste or kink that isn't shared by *somebody* out there.


I love how if you ask a question, no matter how obscure, there's generally another one of those *somebodies* who knows the answer, and it gets passed along like a beneficent virus from journal to journal.

When I went to Wiscon, there was a panel on slash-explaining what it is and why the attraction, etc. I almost went to that, because it's something I would have been able to contribute to (I felt like I had a super sekrit identity! *laughs at self*)...I decided to go to a panel on something or other else that I *didn't* know about, since it would be time better spent. But I kind of wish I'd gone. It would be interesting to see what "nonfans" think when introduced to our little world; I've been in fandom about 3 1/2 years now, long enough to be acclimated and I sometimes forget how startled I was when I was a newbie.

I don't have easy access to that magazine-have you posted that article anywhere else that you'd be willing to share it? Sounds interesting.


Pesti
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From:mofic
Date:October 1st, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)

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Hey, you should make a post out of this, a kind of "Why I Like Fandom" one.

I'll post the OOB piece here after it comes out in print.
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From:niennah
Date:October 1st, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
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That's great! Congratulations. Do you have it linked anywhere, or is it paper published only?
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From:mofic
Date:October 1st, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
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I just wrote it for them, in response to the call for manuscripts I saw. So, it's not published anywhere yet. After the issue is out, I'll likely put it in my journal, but I don't think I should do that before.
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From:mofic
Date:October 1st, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

I was thinking of you yesterday. How are you holding up?
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From:ringthebells
Date:October 1st, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
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Awesome!
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From:mofic
Date:October 4th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! How's that growing fetus?
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From:ringthebells
Date:October 4th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Still growing!

(Now I'm dreaming about labour every night.)
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From:melty_girl
Date:October 2nd, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
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Mazel tov!
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From:mofic
Date:October 4th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! Who's in the icon?
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From:melty_girl
Date:October 4th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
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The first trans character on daytime television, Zoe from All My Children! :)
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From:hitchhiker
Date:October 4th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
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congratulations :)
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From:mofic
Date:October 4th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. Funny how easy it is to get excited by little things.
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