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Rant time!

Okay, it happened again. A fanfiction writer got publicly humiliated (which was recorded by the BBC, though it hasn't been aired - yet). In front of the very actors she admires. It has happened to fanartists before - talk show hosts or interviewers pulling up sexually explicit fanworks to embarrass actors and humiliate the fandom. And apparently it keeps happening. I'm wondering why. Why do journalists feel the need to shame (mostly) women for using a fandom as canvas to artistically express their sexual fantasies and desires?

Because it's always male actors and their characters. And it's usually slash art or fanfiction.

Sexually explicit fanfic is a predominantly female avenue, fanart to a lesser degree, but usually only women draw and paint what other women like. Why is that? Why do women of all ages gather in communities on the internet to create and share erotica featuring their favourite characters? Because it's the only safe haven we've got, that's why. We've created this niche for ourselves, because society still teaches us that having and expressing sexual desire isn't something women should do. It's shameful. And that is suffocating and restrictive.

In fandoms we are free. Free to experiment, free to express ourselves, free to share and exchange thoughts and fantasies, something that we aren't in the real world. Young women who are still trying to figure stuff out have the guidance and support of older and more experienced women - who in turn gain fresh perspectives and new ideas from their younger counterparts. And, even more importantly, we are safe. Safe from judgement, safe from predators, safe from shame.

Exposing us like that, publicly shaming and humiliating us, destroys that safety. It destroys the one place, the one thing where we can be ourselves, where we can let our imaginations run wild collectively. That is why it's such a horrible thing to do.

So why, why do that? There is a reason the fourth wall exists. Don't break it. It keeps us safe - us and the creators of the source material.

owlet out

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Favourite genre of music: anything medieval (bagpipes and e-guitars - yeah!)
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silverbullet72 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! Party 
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sleepyowlet Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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toska9 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
Hi!  I see you are online (not stalking, I promise... just happened to check the list...=D).
Long time no hear...hope you are well and happy and all that! :hug:
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sleepyowlet Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Tight Hug 
Yes, I've been away from devart for a while. Might return, but I don't know yet. I'm okay (and I'm going to be a gardener now, if you can believe it), picked up the threads on my Wraith-fic...

How are you?
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toska9 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
Oh, I am quite well thanks!  Myself, I have not had the time to be busy on dA but I still check in when I can.
I would :heart: to read some more Wraithy fics.....hint, hint...
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oh, and gardeners are really cool....
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silverbullet72 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello friend. You're beautiful. someone loves you. you are perfect as you are and good enough. I wrote this to you to help spread some love and kindness. I hope you can help inspire people by loving them and treating them with kindness too. Keep being awesome🌼♥✌
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tatyankaWraith Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
Happy birthday! Party 
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silverbullet72 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! birthday cake 
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Happy birthday :3
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