I just don’t understand where this concept of ‘fake geek girls’ came from. Like, AT ALL.
Cus when I look for fandom related stuff like 90% of the fan art and the fanfiction and the meta, zines, comics, etc. Like 90% of the shit that I’ve seen is created by women & girls.
And all that stuff take’s a lot of work and research and critical analysis and staring at reference photos for hours.
We are literally the most well versed and invested group in the fandom. So, like, What the fuck boys? You mad you can’t keep up?
I saw an argument, and I can’t find it now, but it totally made sense, that there’s a gender split in fandom. Male fandom tends to be a curator fandom; male fandom collects, organizes, and memorizes facts and figures. Male fandom tends to be KEEPERS of the canon; the fandom places great weight on those who have the biggest collection, the deepest knowledge of obscure subjects, the first appearances, creators, character interactions.
Female fandom is creative. Females create fanart, cosplay, fanwritings. Female fandom ALTERS canon, for the simple reason that canon does not serve female fandom. In order for it to fit the ‘outsider’ (female, queer, POC), the canon must be attacked and rebuilt, and that takes creation.
"Male" fandom devalues this contribution to fandom, because it is not the ‘right’ kind of fandom. "Girls only cosplay for attention, they’re not REAL fans!" "Fanfiction is full of stupid Mary Sues, girls only do it so they can make out with the main character!" "I, a male artist, have done this pin-up work and can put it in my portfolio! You, a female artist, have drawn stupid fanart, and it’s not appropriate to use as a professional reference!"
In the mind of people who decry the ‘fake geek girl,’ this fandom is not as worthy. It damages, or in their mind, destroys the canon. What is the point of memorizing every possible romantic entanglement of heterosexual white Danny Rand if someone turns around and creates a fanwork depicting him as a bisexual female of Asian descent (thus subverting Rand’s creepy ‘white savior’ origins)? When Danny Rand becomes Dani Rand, their power is lessened. What is important to them ceases to be the focus of the discussion. Creation and curatorship can work in tandom, but typically, in fandom, they are on opposite poles.
This is not to say that there aren’t brilliant male cosplayers or smashing female trivia experts, this is to say that the need of the individual fan is met with opposing concepts: In order for me to find myself in comics, I need to make that space for myself, and that is a creative force. Het white cis males are more likely to do anything possible to defend and preserve the canon because the canon is built to cater to them.
I’m not sure how much I can agree with it because it’s heavily gender prescriptive and essentialist and people, wonderful complex creatures that we are, don’t divide neatly into groups . But it’s an interesting theory.
I agree, this is over simplifying the problem and also ignoring POC of all genders/orientations who cosplay and/or are involved in the actual canon creation.
From what I’ve seen as a person involved in the planning and running of an anime convention is that the problem is not with the fandom per se. It’s with the perception of fandom.
All you have to do is look at how the media treats the concept to see that society’s perception more resembles this:
Here you see some very dedicated, very passionate fans being held back by the police (Circa 1964. “Beatlemania. October 1965, London, England, UK. Policemen struggle to restrain young Beatles fans outside Buckingham Palace).
Even the name ‘fan’ comes from the root word fanatic. Fanatic itself doesn’t carry a very good connotation as it is often used to describe someone who obsesses over something to the point it can become psychologically damaging.
In reality most fandoms are more like this:
Everyone has something to contribute and some stand out more than others but everyone has a place. Even the white cis hetero male. The issue is that at times some in the fandom (unfortunately often they are white, cis, hetero males but by no means limited to them) have a sense of entitlement to the content of the the fandom. There are those who feel they must keep the content ‘pure’ and refuse to acknowledge any fan creation that is not strictly canon based. Since so many fandoms feature white male leads it’s no wonder that those who do not identify as such feel the need to see themselves represented by creating transformative works.
This does not create a ‘fake’ fan. If anything those who create transformative works are some of the most knowledgeable and devoted in the fandom.
Beyond that, new or casual fans being labeled as ‘fake’ fans because they haven’t yet had a chance to assimilate everything or are not as invested in creating content is counter-intuitive and not only asinine but actually damaging to the fandom. How else do you expect the fandom to grow if you belittle and mock those who are just discovering it or those who simply like to enjoy the media for what it is?
Instead of being worried about the person being a ‘fake’ fan you should be more worried about those who try to police the fandom. Entertainment is there for us to enjoy, not be told we shouldn’t because we don’t fit the profile of the supposed target audience.
ok but hear me out- what about a lightning bolt scar that looked like real lightning?
#before the films came out this is what i thought it looked like #like his scar doesnt even look like a scar in the films or offish illustrations it looks like a scratch #i think its cool to imagine his scar being very conspicuous and deep idk (via parmachkai)
I love this, the way it looks like his head was split open and then healed back jagged and wrong. Reminds me of how there’s a little bit of Voldemort’s soul hiding within that scar.
Also yeah, the movie scar just looks like a weird little ‘N’ scratched over his eyebrow. IT BUGGED ME SO MUCH
Head cannon accepted.
Umm…. I REALLY hate to burst your all’s bubble (I really do, I love this idea) but I’m pretty sure there is a picture in the book of Harry (as one of the chapter pictures, plus the original American cover pictures) and his scar looks like the one in the movie…