I’ve read the accusatory post in question as well as the rebuttals from people who say that the AO3 tags don’t actually do justice to the fic, that the fics were actually victim-focused and not actually erotic.
Personally, I think it’s absolutely despicable to police someone’s ID this way when all you have for a justification is literally “won’t someone think of the children!”, and I think that it’s especially despicable in fandom where we might have 10000 reasons for writing specific tropes or kinks that people outside of fandom might view as harmful. You don’t know if she’s a victim. You don’t know how she’s treating the topic. You don’t know if she wrote those fics when she was 12 years old herself and trying to explore sexuality in ways that were comfortable and safe for her. You just don’t fucking know, and more importantly unless she signed up with the AO3 name “[Real Name Redacted]” or linked to her AO3 account from LinkedIn, you weren’t supposed to know. It seems like someone deliberately tied her real life professional identity to her fanfic identity, which is bullshit, absolute BULLSHIT. you do NOT out fanfic writers. What the fuck. That’s what got me fired from my job 11 years ago, that is the #1 first fucking rule of fandom, that is why we would rather pull an article than endanger people in the fandom who feel less safe because of it. You do not out fans. You do not out fans.
It’s possible that someone might one day go through my Prince of Tennis fics and try to blacklist my work because I’ve written numerous fics about various characters, aged up significantly, who started out as 11 and 12 years old in their respective canons. Or criticize me because I wrote fics where two teens had sex at age 15, or decide that I’m unfit to do my job or represent fandom in public because I wrote a fic where a gay serial killer and a sociopath practices dubious consent with bloodplay and then gets a happy ending, or because probably somewhere in my recs I’ve bookmarked fics that feature non-con or abusive relationships or incest or who the fuck knows. If someone wanted to go on a witch hunt, they’d have plenty of material.
And the same thing applies to every single person reading this. If someone wanted to connect your fanfic handle to your real life and then take a stroll through your kinks and tags looking for dirty little secrets, then use it to create controversy and try to ruin your professional career, are you sure they wouldn’t be able to? I wouldn’t take that bet. And I’m way more horrified by the fact that someone thought this was an acceptable way of creating dialogue than by the content of her fics.
I think there absolutely is a time and a place and a context for discussing whether someone’s fictional work should factor into their professional reputation, but the way to have that discussion is not to fucking stalk them on AO3 and then screencap the content of their fics in order to out them on Tumblr. Absolutely disgusting, and the quickest fucking way to ruin fandom as a safe space.
This is a really good article, Except that I am so sick of being treated like Destiel shippers are an aberration, Like we’re just this weird cluster of fans that are actively being mocked and we should just sit under our bridge like trolls, I am really not happy about that tone in the article, But all of the legit criticisms of the show I completely agree with, SPN,supernatural, negativity for ts.
Obviously the author is dead and I can’t take back any of my words once they’re out there and open to reader interpretation, but FWIW, I emphatically absolutely did not intend to treat Destiel or Wincest shippers as though they were an aberration, and I am basically the absolute last fan to ever advocate for fans to sit under their bridge like trolls. I think that there’s a lot of deference that needs to be shown to fans who want to remain under that bridge—and by under the bridge I mean the fourth wall. SPN is a loud and vocal fandom, and that’s amazing, but not everyone wants to be loud and vocal, and that’s fine, too. The distance between fandom and TPTB creates tension in SPN fandom, but I didn’t intend to advocate for or against that separateness—just to observe that it exists.
The mockery the show indulges in is not a mockery that is or ever has been warranted, and I tried to make that clear in my article. The quote from the article that I chose to post here points out that the popularity of these ships arise from the canon’s denial of the diverse identities and emotional richness of its fans. And my friend Catherine Tosenbeger goes a step further and argues that the shipping arises in part from the need of fans to break the cycle of misery/death/loss/miscommunication and see Sam and Dean get a happy ending for once.
So, no, absolutely at no point at all did I intend to paint SPN fans or Destiel shippers as a “weird cluster of fans.” If I did then my own Tumblr would look pretty hypocritical right now.
But the more SPN mocks and represses, the more it has to contend with its own fandom—female, queer, genderqueer, nerdy, and unashamed. The fandom’s culling of queer and genderqueer readings from SPN deliberately repudiates its textual scouring of their own identities and emotional landscapes. SPN’s fandom is diametrically opposed to the straightlaced mainstream audience SPN wishes it had. So SPN’s creative team routinely breaks the fourth wall in the most passive-aggressive way: to remind fans that they see you and they disapprove."
In the original series, the worst punishment the crew of the Enterprise could devise for their enemies, the Klingons, was inflicting them with a ship full of tribbles. In the new franchise, the Federation government is so corrupt and evil that it’s willing to sabotage its own ships in order to fabricate a reason for war against the Klingons. This is not your parents’ Star Trek.
Engaging with fans this way is never a good idea, but Star Trek fans in particular have been their franchise’s lifeline at numerous points over the years. Comparing a man who’s written two scripts to a die-hard fan of a 50-year-old show doesn’t exactly yield a parent-child relationship—or if it does, it’s not structured the way Orci seems to think it is.
Fans might also question whether a man who’s writing for one of the most temporally progressive science-fiction franchises in this or any galaxy is qualified to do so when he purports not to understand feminism, one of humanity’s most progressive political philosophies and one that affects over half the planet. After all, if Orci can demand that audiences swallow two hours of character assassination upon Khan Noonien Singh, the least he can do in return is a cursory Google search for "third-wave feminism.""