Scodari, “Yoko in Cyberspace with Beatles Fans: Gender & the Re-creation of Popular Mythology”

August 17, 2008

Interesting article.  I’d never heard of slash fiction before.  Learn something new, huh?  The apparent gender conflict surfacing in fandom is worth further consideration, especially as (Scodari asserts) it tends toward “hegemonic patriarchal power relations” (58).  I’m particularly intrigued by the suggestion that slash fiction may be driven by the desire to “preclude and devalue female ‘rivals'” (59).  It is certainly offensive to my “female sensibilities” to consider the implications of the “Yoko factor” for women who assert themselves into the wider world in any capacity, but especially as fellow artists with as much if not more creativity to offer and certainly an uphill battle to fight.

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