AN: this was first posted to LiveJournal in November of 2006. Post lus comment threads were imported to DW from there.
While I support promoting fandom as a feminist space (which, imho, in its purest form, is inclusive of and benefits people of all genders), I strongly disagree with fandom being a women ONLY space. That perpetuates the same heteronormtive binaries and negative stereotypes which fuel cultural sexual and gendered discrimination, internalised *-phobias and a host of other unnecissary harm tht we should instead be standing up against together.
Someone asked a while bck if I thought that the female space of fandom was enforced, rather than female space that was welcoming to anyone who wanted to dabble in something alot of people recognised as a feminine interest.
Yeah, well there's a current example, emphasis is mine:
"I'm all about the women! It's why I'm here--when I write slash, hello, I'm a woman; when I read your slash escapism, hello, you're a women! Slash is all women!"
"I've gotten interested in podcasting, and I HATE the idea of a male voice on the podcast
! Slash to me comes from a woman's voice, even if it's about male bodies..."
Every so often someone says something about how there are NO men in fandom at all- and then on the sidebar of their LJ, they have links to favourite fics and there's at least one if not a few on it that are written by guys, or people who don't identify within the binary. I don't "hear" what I read in a voice (I see images only), but I know many people read that way- and as long as they don't know the author's gender, they can read the fic in a voice that supports their belief/desire that their fandom is 100% women. A podcast or video though would prevent a reader forcing gender on a writer to support their desire/belief about fandom being 100% women.
It makes me want to see all the guys on my flist make recordings of drabbles or short fics, and host them together. Not people's husbands or friends, but to have the actual writers read their work (or readers reading something by a favourite author).
The unfortuante thing is, alot of people would get all angry about assumed "male privledge" and their space being invaded. I've tried and just can't get my head around that POV. If the ideal is for equality between the sexes, it makes more sense to me to celebrate when there's overlap in either
direction, and encourage that overlap to grow into other areas of life, rather than to draw lines to define whose allowed in which space and in which direction overlap is 'allowed' to go.