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Your own standards.

When you perpetuate the idea, across various art-based mediums, that women in drawn art, comics, and animation must and should look and move with flowy, exaggerated gestures, graceful movements, and hips, chest, and ass thrust forward in order to pander to the male gaze at all times, then you make it easier, later on, to use your own sexist animation and art standards as an excuse for why you don’t have more women.

–Aja Romano on the vicious circle.

2017-07-17T11:40:50+10:005th August, 2014|Tags: aja romano, culture, gaming, pop culture|

Fandom vs. romance, redux edition.

Hey, so you remember the post from the other day, “Fandom, we need to talk about romance”. Well:

The section in question now reads: (more…)

2018-05-22T08:56:09+10:0020th June, 2014|Tags: aja romano, books, culture, fandom, fanfic, pop culture, xp|

Fandom, we need to talk about romance.

Update: The text of the linked article has now changed, apparently in response to this post. Thoughts here.


The genre, not the trope, that is. Because I’ve seen the article “A guide to fanfiction for people who can’t stop getting it wrong“, written by Aja Romano and Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, floating around recently. It’s long and breaks down a lot of the myths that pop up in mainstream media articles about fandom and fanfiction. Reading it, I spent most of the time nodding my head vigorously and agreeing with like 94% of what was being said, but

But. Let’s just talk about that 6% for a moment. Because it’s something I’ve seen before and, sadly, I’m sure I’ll see again. Romano and Baker-Whitelaw are guilty of one thing in their detailed, otherwise-good, five-thousand word breakdown and that one thing is, ironically, the same thing they’re accusing other media outlets of being guilty of. And that’s ignorance of a particular “specialist” subject matter, in this case books. (more…)

2019-04-29T11:15:14+10:0018th June, 2014|Tags: aja romano, books, culture, fandom, fanfic, m/m, pop culture, xp|

Shut up, white people.

White people are used to getting to raise our voices. We’re so used to being heard that the possibility that maybe our opinions don’t need to be heard, that maybe we shouldn’t even be talking, much less raising our voices, doesn’t even occur to us.

–Aja Romano, aware of the irony.

Straight white cis men get so angry when you tell them their Thoughts on Being [insert marginalised group here] don’t matter. They are like the apex of the Big Pyramid of Shut The Fuck Up, followed closely by white women and going down from there.

You’re literally dealing with people who have quite possibly never been told before in their entire lives that their opinions on a subject–any subject–are only a hair above completely worthless. Of course exposure to this New and Frightening concept is going to unnerve them.

Truth hurts, and all that.

2017-07-17T11:40:50+10:0010th June, 2014|Tags: aja romano, culture, pop culture|