twitter and tumblr both had this awful dynamic where the platform owners were looking out for engagement and edification of the status quo, and not the safety or comfort of its users. this gave us a lot of bad habits, like dogpiling or going through contorted logic to screw over marginalized people by painting them as abusers and getting them blacklisted for making a lukewarm take you disagreed with.
in general they're both a contest to make the most woke take or make the best performance in outrage. we need to not do that here.
@ojicon Of fucking course I am capable of behaving myself and drawing "wholesome" family art just like I used to for months and months. It's easy to put that mask back on. But I was tired of living like that and even if I put up the public safe for work veneer, it's intensely frustrating to exist in spaces where people think that content I create and post elsewhere simply doesn't have the right to exist at all.
sometimes I feel like the recent division in fandom--while nothing new technically--is essentially putting us back at the start. Like fandom used to be an underground niche thing you weren't supposed to talk about, now it's mainstream and everywhere and even being published for the masses, and imo it's getting to the point where people who like things "wrong" (aka what fandom originally was) are being pushed back into the underground
I really hate how the art I make is considered something to be shoved into a containment zone even by the supposedly anti-anti pockets of fandom. Are the years that I put into my craft pointless? Is my art so without merit that it has no right to exist even under a content warning, tagged for so extensively that nobody could ever come across it by accident?
Oh, and since I keep referencing what a bugbear of an argument "all female characters are badly written" is for me, here's a thing I wrote about it: https://anneapocalypse.dreamwidth.org/29774.html
Ron / 21 / the bane of pillowfort
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