I bring this up because I think I've been going about this whole thing wrong. "You mean there's a right way of going about this skylarking?" Nope. There is no right answer. But there's things I could be doing better.
I feel like, whether I express it or not in my writing, I spend a lot of time thinking about how fangirls are harming themselves or causing problems and I'm hung up really on making fangirls look bad. This is not my actual intent. I am a fangirl myself and, while I don't believe I've done this (but plenty of others have) simply calling them crazy and weird is not helping. Likely, they've been called crazy and weird their whole lives (I know I have). And I while I do want to critique and point out their trends and flaws and show that some of the stuff they do is dangerous, I also want to keep in mind that I am not fighting against fangirls; we're all in this together - we just see things differently. And most importantly, fangirls out there - YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
And shit like this is popping up everywhere:
Oh, and also because this exists. Seriously, the existence of this is more terrifying than Mordor (okay, maybe not. Mordor is pretty goddamn scary; maybe equal for scariness):
And also because gender and politics play a hugely important role in all of this discourse. Trust me.
So, ladies and gentlemen, feminism is going to be coming up a lot. If this makes you uncomfortable, TS. I'm not sorry; it needs to be talked about. If you have a problem with it, take it up with my inbox - I'd be happy to debate why a woman making 76 cents for every man's dollar is not okay with me. The rest of you, hang tight and I'm going to be throwing you some feminist text and starting to tie up a few loose ends (while simultaneously creating a thousand others).
And for enduring all of this (and because I need to get that "feminism is evil" off my retinas), I reward you; running with the week's theme of "Benedict Cumberbatch is not an otter":
You know what, Tumblr? I'm still so upset about all the anti-feminist stuff I found in the last half hour, I can't even make a scathing comment, nor do I want to. You may be showing your appreciation for famous actors in unusual ways that I may not always agree with, but you know what? You make me happy. You don't make me want to cry, or beat someone up, or feel concerned that the human race is totally doomed ("This is supposed to be the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire!"). No, in fact, you help me see some good in the world after a long day of dwelling upon misogyny, racism, and so on. There's a reason I have a Tumblr; there's a reason why I look forward to logging on and seeing others expressing their love and joy at the most recent developments involving their favorite show/movie/celebrity. Fangirls may be problematic but there are much, much worse things.