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Title: The Broads Who Blog: Gender and Fannish Expression in the Buffyverse fandom
Author(s): Rebaza, Claudia M.
Subject(s): Fan fiction digital practices digital reading Digital media - Community informatics women and literature women's speech Digital storytelling digital publishing Writing process Online communities online discourse online reading Fan studies Demography Gender & Technology Gender differences
Abstract: Not all online fan spaces are segregated by sex. Numerous online sites exist that combine discussion, news, and creative works, and the balance of male and female users may vary by site and topic. If the site focuses on fanfic production and archiving though, the readership tends to be overwhelmingly female, even though recent studies have shown that the balance of men and women online is now nearly equal The Buffverse fandom, composed of fans of the television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel", is a particularly interesting case study for this sort of segregation. By the nature of the series’ texts and their feminist philosophy and depictions, one might expect the shows to attract viewers and fans who respond positively to women’s contributions and participation in its fandom. This essay explores three issues. Who it is that calls themselves a fan of the Buffyverse? Who becomes a fanfic writer? Lastly, what activities do they engage in and what experiences do they have within the fandom? The following sections will discuss the results of a fandom survey conducted in November 2006 to discover the answers to these three questions.
Issue Date: 2007-06
Citation Info: A condensed and altered version of this essay was published as "'The Problematic Definition of Fan': A Survey of Fannish Involvement in the Buffyverse" in Buffy and Angel Conquer the Internet: Essays on Online Fandom, ed. by Mary Kirby-Diaz, McFarland Publishing 2009.
Genre: Essay
Type: Text
Language: English
Rights Information: Copyright 2007 Claudia M. Rebaza
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-04-01

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