Fujoshi les: Hoe word ik een respectvolle fangirl?

Een fujoshi (letterlijk: rot meisje) is een fan van yaoi met een vrouwelijke identiteit. Zo’n 80% van het yaoi fandom bestaat uit deze fujoshi. Al jaren wordt er geloofd dat alle fujoshi heteroseksuele meisjes zijn die geanimeerde homoporno kijken voor hun eigen genot, maar niets is minder waar. Slechts 50-60% van fujoshi heeft een heteroseksuele identiteit; veel minder dan in de gemiddelde samenleving.

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Sometimes, the meaning of life is gay pop culture blogging.

For the final post I would have to make for my college mandated blogging assignment, I planned a big post about the discovery of my own identity. I mentioned in my about text that I would like to finally put to easy, clear words who I am. That post is now a disjointed draft that’s trying to make 6 different points at the same time while also not really going anywhere. That post will have to remain in my drafts for a while longer.

I’m not leaving, though! I haven’t run out of ideas for this blog yet, and without the limitations my college imposes on me I might even be able to go all-out even further once summer vacation starts. For this “final” post, I’d just like to talk about what running this blog has meant for me so far.

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Video review: Love is Love

Last year, there was a shooting incident at LGBT+ bar Pulse in Orlando, Florida. The bar belongs to a woman whose brother has died from AIDS and intended for it to be a safe space for all people like his brother. Comic publishers DC Comics and IDW reacted to this horrible act of violence with Love is Love; an anthology comic featuring the famous characters of DC.

The comic industry comes together in honor of those killed in Orlando. Co-published by two of the premiere publishers in comics—DC and IDW, this oversize comic contains moving and heartfelt material from some of the greatest talent in comics, mourning the victims, supporting the survivors, celebrating the LGBTQ community, and examining love in today’s world. All material has been kindly donated by the writers, artists, and editors with all proceeds going to victims, survivors, and their families. Be a part of an historic comics event! It doesn’t matter who you love. All that matters is you love.

-IDW Publishing, 2016


Yuri, femslash and how they’re different from their male counterparts

I learned about the existence of yuri at about the same time I got into yaoi. However, I didnt get into it until fairly recently. Of course I’d given reading the odd Harley/Ivy femslash fan fic a shot, but the writing never really grabbed me in the same way the writing for most m/m relationships in fan fiction did. Then, years later, a friend of mine recommended Saburouta’s Citrus to me, and it changed the way I looked at lesbians in pop culture and fandom.

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What is Pink Kryptonite?!

We probably all know this by now. Superman is absolutely overpowered and there’s nothing he can’t do. However, he has one weakness. Something that could generally be considered his Kryptonite. You know, Kryptonite.

Kryptonite is usually a green, glowing piece of rock that keeps Superman from doing anything that makes him special. No flight, no super strength, no heat vision; just regular ol’ Clark Kent. What you maybe didn’t know is that Kryptonite comes in many different kinds and colors that have different effects him. Put simply, Green Kryptonite makes Superman weak, Red Kryptonite makes Superman angry and Pink Kryptonite makes Superman gay.

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What is it like to be an LGBT+ fan artist?

Fan art has become an integral part of fan and pop culture in the last 10 years. Drawings, comics, fiction, entire alternative universes are being created more than ever.

Derivative fan works are especially popular with LGBT+ fans, who use their creativity to bend the existing property into something they can relate to. Today I’ll be talking to one of those artists.

Joris Habraken is a gay, multi-disciplinary artist who has been active in fandom for years. His art is vibrant, poppy, cute, and, most important for this interview: derived from pieces of modern popular culture.

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Ace representation and Riverdale: Why Jughead should NEVER have kissed Betty

A few months ago, I first heard my classmates talk about Riverdale.  When I asked, most of the girls didn’t even know that Riverdale was based on the long running series of Archie comics. Not entirely surprising, since the Archie comics never really were a thing in the Netherlands. I do think that’s a shame, because the comics and the characters have so much fascinating history and now that extra layer is gone.

I’ll be honest here and say I’ve never read a complete issue of Archie comics in my life, but I’ve been watching from afar, keeping up with how the comics were changing for the better and developing its characters; including the asexuality of Jughead Jones.

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History 101: Gay code of the 1970’s

Over the last few years, we’ve seen fashion from the 70’s and 80’s slowly becoming hip again. Large fashion labels are now reviving relics from the past like long sundresses and mom jeans.

Last Wednesday, Levi’s released a tweet upon the world in which they showed a handkerchief, inspired by the AIDS memorial quilt, to promote their upcoming Pride Collection.

100% of the proceeds from the Levi’s Pride Collection go to LGBT+ charities, which is something to be optimistic about in my opinion, but something else may be completely going wrong here.

In the photo, you can see a navy handkerchief hanging  from the model’s left back pocket. I’m not sure Levi’s knows what that means, but I do.

Just a quick heads up that this post is going to be a lot more explicit than my previous ones. Links to additional information are provided, but clicking them in public is not advised.

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