EwanTypeWriter

Reverse Sexism on the Fan Fiction Boards

It just pisses me off!

I just spotted a story in The Saga section of tf.n's fan fiction boards about Obi-Wan financing his exile by stripping at a "Ladies" Club in Mos Esley (a story that has been going on and off for a couple of years now, apparently) and it just pisses me off how far it pushes the bounds of not only the Terms of Service, but of good taste as well. And the primarily female reader/writer-ship of the boards is just eating it up! Look, I understand the viewpoint of calling it a "Parody" but if I was a Mod (and every single one of the Mods in the FF boards are female right now) the story would have been locked for taking liberties with the TOS.

This sort of thing happens all the time when the "bare-chested Anakin" boarder is pasted up on the Resource page with the line "Ladies, I'm over here." Look, I like to admire a beautiful member of the opposite sex as much as the next person, but I don't go off and start a thread entitled "Woo-Hoo! Look at Hayden's hairless chest! Yummy!" (something that actually happened a year or so ago.) Sheesh! If Liam or Ewan took off their shirts in any of the episodes, the place would be a flippin' mad house!
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Then do something about it. Write to the mods. Seriously, if it upsets you so much and it seems to upset only you, then you're the one that's going to have to do something about it.


I did something very similar last year to a story that I felt glamourized date rape. To make matters worse, it was a mod and a formerly good friend of mine. But I was so disturbed about it that I had to say something. At the end of the day, the story was heavily edited to make it passably inoffensive but not without the mod in question ranting about how she knew the difference between date rape and seduction and her story was not about the former. I haven't been very popular with any of the mods since then.


In summary: follow your conscience and take a stand. It may not earn you points with the powers-that-be but they'll have to do something about it.


And you will sleep better at night.
How did you know I had trouble getting to sleep the night I posted this???

In all fairness, now that I've cooled down some, the story in question hasn't been updated in over a year (although word seems to get around about it because in gets comments every few of months), and I did harp about the bare-chested Anakin banner and I think the "over here" line has been removed, and it isn't up very long whenever it is used.

I did find it rather odd that the Padmé banner was up for an unusally long time recently. I'll excuse that as someone just being lazy and not rotating in a new banner when they were suppose to.
(you probably don't remember me, but I'm CodeName_Targeter; used to be around the fanfic and RHS a fair bit)

I'd say PM one of the mods about it as well. Just be very careful which one you choose. It's a shame rhonderoo isn't still isn't modding the FanFic boards. I found in the past that she was fairly helpful in dealing with these sorts of things. I think I PMed her about that banner you mentioned actually.
I remember you! :waves:

I'll repeat what I said to leia_naberrie:

In all fairness, now that I've cooled down some, the story in question hasn't been updated in over a year (although word seems to get around about it because in gets comments every few of months), and I did harp about the bare-chested Anakin banner and I think the "over here" line has been removed, and it isn't up very long whenever it is used.

I did find it rather odd that the Padmé banner was up for an unusally long time recently. I'll excuse that as someone just being lazy and not rotating in a new banner when they were suppose to.

On a somewhat different note, I love your icon but despise the book it comes from! I'll admit that I haven't been reading the post-NJO stories, but killing off Mara (and not even letting Timothy Zahn do it!) is a mistake of galactic proportions!

But that's just me. :)
I actually didn't except you to remember me. :P

To be honest, I haven't really been on the JC forums in awhile so I'm in the dark about the Padme banner. But from what I've seen/remember, the forums are a more than a wee bit sexist, at least for FanFiction. The Mods want to make sure they keep the users happy and, as much as it pains me to say this, many a FanFic writer is female and fangirls over Anakin/Obi-Wan/Qui Gon. So I guess it's a never ending cycle? (I have no idea where I was going with that.)

Hehe, thanks. :) I think I'm one of the few people who actually enjoyed the book. I'm just glad that if Mara had to die, at least she went out fighting.
Well it looked like they were ignoring you for a little bit there, but the compliments and complaints have started rolling in, and I'm very happy by the strength of the complaints.
Okay, maybe it is not quite as strong as I initially thought, but at least there is some dialog going.