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Mar. 4th, 2009 | 02:29 pm
mood: boggled

Sometimes what people do just boggles me.

There are, two loud and obnoxious people who post endlessly that the discussion of cultural appropriation and skeevy racial issues is really All About Them. They claim it must have been just a few sockpuppets who were upset, because if real people of color were upset, they'd use their real names. Reasons not to use one's real name in fandom are legion, the first ones that come to mind for me are: fear and/or experience of stalking; child custody issues; employer disapproval; family disapproval; religious disapproval; separation of fan fiction/fandom from professional publishing... it goes on and on. I personally would prefer to keep my professional and personal user names separate from my fandom name, would rather not expose potential clients to my fangirl squee and smutty fics.

So these people decided to expose the real name of a fan who had disagreed with them. OMGWTFBBQ??? The discussion of racism and cultural appropriation was actually kinda getting somewhere, but now it's all about the pseudonym wank. Epic Fail

spiralsheep suggests communal shunning as a response, which makes sense to me. More good posts: coffeeandink is the victim: her post about it, darkrosetiger explains some of the issues, ciderpress has written a helpful post. Even the non-fandom wank community is boggled

The kicker is that one of the pseudonym wankers, who has actually exposed a fan's name, has re-directed some of the links to her exposure post to sites with viruses and malware. That's right. She has so little respect for disagreement that she wants to infect your computer. BOGGLING.

But, there are good things too! coffeeandink has asked for suggestions of books written by POCs and is getting great responses. She is supporting the people of color-owned and -focused press verb_noire, which should soon be starting up and taking submissions.

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from: sheldrake
date: Mar. 4th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)

I mean, leaving aside for one minute the absolute awfulness of where this whole thing has gone now -- I do not get this pseudonym debate. Where I come from on the internet, it was just the done thing. And as well as all the great reasons you've listed... it's just fun. A fun new name for yourself on LJ. Where you go to have fun and, like, do your fun hobbies without worrying about all that wearisome real life stuff for an hour or two. Maybe that's what some of these people don't get about it, because they're obviously here for different reasons. But it still seems pretty stupid of them.

And now I'm just perpetuating this whole nonsense argument of derailment, aren't I? Sigh. Must be bedtime...

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 4th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)

Hey, I had an SCA name back in AS 9! I'm all for happy pseudonyms.

And yeah, trying to go back to the first topic, should not have to even explain the pseudonym thing.

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