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thedeadparrot ([personal profile] thedeadparrot) wrote 2010-04-15 02:56 pm (UTC)

Maybe they aren't arguing that Mary Sues aren't problematic, per se, but they are arguing: What the hell harm does it do for someone to write their ridiculous self-avatar?

That's hardly the only instance where people express something similar in this debate, and I wanted to counter that POV with my own that yes, Mary Sues can do harm, and maybe we should acknowledge that.

Fandom as a whole has issues with internalized misogyny. I am hardly arguing that Mary Sues are the only time where fandom hurts WOC, but it is one time, and saying that this one time doesn't count because it happens elsewhere doesn't make much sense to me.

Having power fantasies and sharing power fantasies are not the same thing. I'm not trying to say that having power fantasies are bad. I'm trying to say that we have to be aware of the ways in which our fantasies can be deeply problematic and why it's important to be aware of it when we choose to share them with the world.

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