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

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Date:July 26th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
I agree w/ Mofic; I've found that talking about my fanfic often leads to requests for examples. Going further - for someone important to me to really understand how large a part fanfic plays in my life, it helps if they've read at least a little. So, for example, after years of casually mentioning it to my parents, I handed my dad my laptop last year open to a story of mine and said, okay, HERE'S what I'm talking about, please read!!

The sex analogies don't really work with me; I'm pretty open about my sex life IRL, in generalities at least. For instance, birth control, how to deal with co-sleeping children, and cyclic changes in desire, are all common playground conversation topics. OTOH, my fanfic has about five kisses in it total.

I think that's the core issue here: not so much saying "X person is into fanfic/fandom," but saying "X legal name is attached to Y specific identity & activities in fandom."

Just FTR, I totally support people establishing their borders, and community enforcement of respecting those borders. I'm just wondering where those borders should be for me personally. This is partly because I've started leaving comments on articles in the print media that completely screw up their representation of fanfic, and when I do this I use my legal name. This in itself feels like a break of fannish protocol; but, if I (who really don't care about exposure) don't do it, who will? And I do this knowing that many, many people would be much more articulate; but they're, yk, teachers or live in more repressive societies or whatever.
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