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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:rachel_martin64
Date:July 26th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
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I do think that a lot of people overestimate the damage to their careers and to their personal lives that exposure of their fannish activities could cause.

I read a similar comment, and replied to it. If I may, I would like to post my reply in your journal as well. Obviously it is your journal and you are free to delete this.

I'd like to share with you the story of what happened to a media fan at my workplace. This fan happened to be an very competent and experienced professional in the field.

At lunch, she would read SF&F novels or comic books in plain view of everyone. When people were standing around the water cooler talking about 24 or Grey's Anatomy, she'd talk about Battlestar Galactica and Stargate. When people talked about their family vacations, she would talk about attending a convention. She'd talk about the HP book.

When this person's name was mentioned in meetings, there would be a moment of silence, raised eyebrows, knowing grins, and sometimes, outright laughter. She was passed over for heading up several important projects. She was passed over for an appointment to a supervisory position. People openly wondered about her fitness to be a parent. Junior staffers openly mocked her.

All this, and she never wrote a word of fanfic.

Now imagine if she had been a slash writer.

I particularly hate it when it is sooooo clear from the outside that they have little or nothing to lose and so much to gain.

A person knows his/her own situation better than any outsider looking in.
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From:mofic
Date:July 26th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
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A person knows his/her own situation better than any outsider looking in.

I don't think that's always true. But we can certainly agree to disagree.

I'm not saying there are never negative consequences of exposure of fannish involvement. I'm just saying that a lot of people overestimate them, and that a lot - over time - come to realize that they've done so, when it was obvious to outsiders before. I'm not commenting on anyone's specific situation. Well, except to say that if Barack Obama writes slash, I'd rather he wait until after the election to reveal that fact.
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From:wneleh
Date:July 26th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
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I read this, and think this is all the more reason for those of us who don't live in this sort of world to try to normalize fannishness and fanfic writing, with the hope of some bleed-through into more mundane locales.

(I got my first post-PhD job based on the rec of someone I met on a Patrick O'Brian fan list, and that's how she presented me to her boss; most of the conference rooms in my building are named for ST:TNG references.)

- Helen, happy to live the geek life in Eastern MA!
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