Gender and Fan Studies: Join the Party

I am sorry that there have been so many technical difficulties posting comments on the blog this week. People have been working behind the scenes trying to locate the source of the problems which have sent anti-spam messages to many of you who have tried to post. I can’t tell you how frustrated I am by the situation which comes just as I am traveling in Europe with less than ideal internet access and just as we are trying to jump start this conversation about gender and fan culture.

In the short run, Kristina Busse has helped to set up an alternative location for us to have the more interactive aspects of this conversation. I will continue to post the main entires here and cross post them at the new space and periodically I will collect comments from the other site and run them in a digest form through the blog. It is a kludge, at best, a cobbled together solution, but it should allow anyone who wants to post to be heard. So, if you are enjoying the Gender and Fan Studies series here, check it out.

Whatever my automated technology may be telling you, I really want to hear what you are thinking about the issues raised by the Gender and Fan Studies series.


  1. I’m a former teacher – grandmother – gamer (not avid), creative/inventor/thinker and linker who met you at SGS in DC last October. I have created projects for RedOctane, and through that I have gotten more than 200 schools to put DDR and/or Guitar Hero in math and reading classrooms in grades 3-10. ( ) If there ever was a more UNLIKELY game for the classroom � it�s DDR and Guitar Hero!!!

    The results went beyond expectation.

    From that- a concept for digi Force G,

    became a reality – your books were powerful inspiration. A conversation would be welcome.

  2. I’ll be exceptionally interested in seeing whether the conversation on an LJ community attracts the same people as a conversation on “Henry Jekins’ Blog”. It seems to me that people used to posting to blogs would get a spam message and try to work around it without much concern for the delay. But people used to journal threads are also used to multi-post and multi-layer conversations that often happen in real time, and so the delay seems far more frustrating to them. But is a much-harder-to-google journal thread of interest to academic fans of Henry Jenkins?

  3. So far the discussion on LJ in Round Two:

    a) is *much* more active than in previous discussions on this blog — 84 comments as I write. This is not an outrageous number for LJ, but it’s certainly an active discussion.

    b) has more of a conversational back-and-forth than has been usual here, or than is usual on all but a few blogs.

    c) has had contributions from 11 people so far: 8 females, 1 male, 2 posters whose gender is not clear from their journals.

    d) has not had any contributions or replies from the original posters, which gives a kind of odd, echoey flavor compared to the usual on LJ.