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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Do you ever think you'll stop drawing fanart? No offense it just seems like the kind of thing you're supposed to grow out of. I'm just curious what your plans/goals are since it isn't exactly an art form that people take seriously.
miniyum miniyum Said:

thescienceofjohnlock:

linzeestyle:

euclase:

Ah, fanart. Also known as the art that girls make.

Sad, immature girls no one takes seriously. Girls who are taught that it’s shameful to be excited or passionate about anything, that it’s pathetic to gush about what attracts them, that it’s wrong to be a geek, that they should feel embarrassed about having a crush, that they’re not allowed to gaze or stare or wish or desire. Girls who need to grow out of it.

That’s the art you mean, right?

Because in my experience, when grown men make it, nobody calls it fanart. They just call it art. And everyone takes it very seriously.

It’s interesting though — the culture of shame surrounding adult women and fandom. Even within fandom it’s heavily internalized: unsurprisingly, mind, given that fandom is largely comprised by young girls and, unfortunately, our culture runs on ensuring young girls internalize *all* messages no matter how toxic. But here’s another way of thinking about it.

Sports is a fandom. It requires zealous attention to “seasons,” knowledge of details considered obscure to those not involved in that fandom, unbelievable amounts of merchandise, and even “fanfic” in the form of fantasy teams. But this is a masculine-coded fandom. And as such, it’s encouraged - built into our economy! Have you *seen* Dish network’s “ultimate fan” advertisements, which literally base selling of a product around the normalization of all consuming (male) obsession? Or the very existence of sports bars, built around the link between fans and community enjoyment and analysis. Sport fandom is so ingrained in our culture that major events are treated like holidays (my gym closes for the Super Bowl) — and can you imagine being laughed at for admitting you didn’t know the difference between Supernatural and The X Files the way you might if you admit you don’t know the rules of football vs baseball, or basketball?

"Fandom" is not childish but we live in a culture that commodified women’s time in such away that their hobbies have to be "frivolous," because "mature" women’s interests are supposed to be caretaking, via marriage, children, and the lives of those within an imagined (generally nuclear) family unit: things that allow others to continue their own special interests, while leaving women without a space of their own.

So think about what you’re actually saying when you call someone “too old” for fandom. Because you’re suggesting they are “too old” for a consuming hobby, and I challenge you to answer — what do you think they should be doing instead?

I would like every anon and non-anon who have sent me messages along the the lines of 'you're too old for tumblr, it's creepy' and 'when will you grow out of fandom?' to read this and remember it when they are in their 40s.

aplacetolovedogs:

German Shepherd Bella does not want to stop swimming and go home like her human’s are repeatedly asking her to do, so she throws a tantrum and says ‘nooooooo’ to going home.

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onlylolgifs:

We love heels but will do anything to NOT have to walk in them

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tyronniesaur:

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valiantparadox:

My roommate and I have had far too much coffee and I think our neighbors hate us

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ladylike-maniac:

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60ibs-to-go:

My kind of marathon 

there’s another kind?

This is our life.

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guildwars2:

"Plaza of Melandru" cake by Karien’s Kitchen

This Plaza of Melandru cake was made primarily of white modelling chocolate. The cake itself was a chocolate/caramel marble, filled with dark choc ganache and dulce du leche. The cake was a 2 tier gravity defying design supported by a white chocolate column with tiny vines and leaves handpainted on it. 

I make cakes in my local area in Australia, and my husband and I are big Guild Wars 2 players. We have many local friends who also play, and I made this cake for the birthday of 2 guild members.

[Submitted by karienskitchen]

arsenicinshell:

Steel mermaid corset by Fiori Couture

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