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July 25th, 2008
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Some Thoughts on Fandom, Privacy, Money, and Other Stuff

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From:thelastgoodname
Date:July 25th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
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One of the biggest parts of coming out as LGBT is that one no longer has to lie, and a lot of stress and emotional trauma disappears from life. That is one benefit about being open about any part of your life: it's stressful to lie.

Another advantage (continuing with the comparison between being gay and being fannish) would be to prove to the world that there's nothing wrong with either activity: it's entirely normal, and your Aunt Edith does it, too.
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From:wneleh
Date:July 26th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
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RE: The stress of secrecy and lying - I've never been that private about anything, so it doesn't really resonate with me. There are times I don't mention fanfic when it might be natural to mention another hobby, but that's almost always because I don't want to have to get into what fanfic is because I don't think, in the particular circumstance I'm in, I'll be able to explain it well.

RE: the normalization of fanfic writing - this is something I feel pretty strongly about. (And I wouldn't be very surprised if my Aunt Edith *did* write fanfic; bet she'd be good at it, too!)
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