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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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sleepyowlet Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm? Confused 
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avacadoramabot Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hi Owlet, happy birthday and hope you enjoy it :D

Miss chatting to you D:
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sleepyowlet Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Thank you!

I miss you too - MSN won't work for me any more, do you have skype?
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avacadoramabot Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yup. I do. Send me you skype via a note :3
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rahul719 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
hi u got this??
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sleepyowlet Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh, obviously? :D
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DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations, You're one of ten lucky people to be tagged here! [link] :thumbsup::)
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Hawkieface Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
In response to your comment on =DamaiMikaz's deviation, as she has disabled comments...

Look.
Firstly, it was a joke. Hence the " =p " at the end of the statement.

And you don't need to be going around, saying that "her points are actually just hate driven by jealousy and bitterness. Oh and the public shaming of other artists", to quote you.

All people have their own beliefs and we should respect them.
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sleepyowlet Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Tolerance only works if it goes both ways.
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