I want to see some meta on how weird the permission culture of fanworks fandom* is compared to the rest of the Internet. I'm always discovering new things that somebody thought they needed permission for, like linking to a public website or repodding
a fanfic or podficcing a fanfic posted anonymously on a kink meme
. (Oh my god, just do it already, and stop asking before everyone else starts thinking they need to ask, too.) It's not just because of Disney and the larger corporate-sponsored copyright culture. It's because fanworks fandom has a female majority, and women still feel the need to ask permission to breathe. I speak from experience. In slash fandom especially, there's an idea that fandom or fanworks are feminist somehow, by resisting the dominant hegemonic paradigm thingy and repurposing male narratives to express female sexuality (except then I don't know what all the men slashers are expressing--enjoyment of slash, maybe?), and I'm sure there's some truth in that, but fandom is also composed of people -- people who brought their own cultural baggage with them. Sexism followed us right in. We're busy policing each other whenever there are no male authorities around to do it for us. (This reminds me of an essay I read somewhere about the self-defeating power dynamics of feminist organizations. Joanna Russ?) You don't see anons on 4chan asking permission to reuse someone's idea for a macro. Why? Because it's not a female space. (Also it's an anonymous space, so maybe kink meme podficcers could learn something from that.)
Not that I want to lead the charge for the as-yet non-existent anti-permission rebel forces. I need to lead the charge of aethel to her bed.
*Except for how it's not a monolithic thing (I hope). The parts I've seen on LiveJournal/Dreamwidth vary, and Tumblr is a whole other ball game. Maybe that's why I love Tumblr so much.