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For those of you who don't know me, I've been active in fandom since 2002, though not so much lately, because I'm working toward a master's degree in written communication. I'm currently taking a class called "Community Communication," and for the most recent assignment, we were asked to identify a communication issue in community with which we are very familiar. I chose to look at racism within fandom, based on RaceFail '09 and, more recently, Big Bang RaceFail of '10.

The follow-up paper (which is due a week from tomorrow) is to develop an action plan on how to use communication tools to address the given issue. Below the cut is a list of questions about perceptions of racism in fandom as well as questions about how we respond to such incidents. Anonymous commenting is permitted (though I'll be logging IP addresses), but if you would prefer to respond privately and receive an answer, please feel free to PM me.

I want to thank [livejournal.com profile] amazonziti, who was extremely helpful in both reviewing and answering the questions below, and [personal profile] bossymarmalade, who also provided assistance. Finally, if you think this is a worthwhile survey to complete and conversation to have, please give it signal boost at your own journal.

Poll #3998 Racism in Fandom
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 5

Do you self-identify as a person of color?

Yes
0 (0.0%)

No
5 (100.0%)

Do you see evidence of ongoing racism – conscious or unconscious – within fandom?

Yes
5 (100.0%)

No
0 (0.0%)

Rate fandom’s awareness of racism within its own ranks, with 1 being dismal awareness and 10 being fully aware.

Mean: 7.80 Median: 8 Std. Dev 0.98
10 (0.0%)
20 (0.0%)
30 (0.0%)
40 (0.0%)
50 (0.0%)
61 (20.0%)
70 (0.0%)
83 (60.0%)
91 (20.0%)
100 (0.0%)

In your experience, how does racism tend to reveal itself within fan fiction (for example, unrealistic portrayals of characters of color, lack of characters of color, stereotypes, etc.)? Please respond to this question within the comments below or send me a private message.

Fandom tends to be reactive when it comes to racism – when an event happens, members of the community react by responding directly to the person or group involved or by posting to their journal. Do you think this approach is productive? If you have more to say, please add a comment below or send me a private message.

Yes
4 (80.0%)

No
1 (20.0%)

Do you think a proactive (instead of reactive) approach may be productive? If you have more to say, please add a comment below or send me a private message.

Yes
3 (75.0%)

No
1 (25.0%)

If you think a proactive approach may be productive, have you thought about activities that might help reduce incidents of racism? If you have more to say, please add a comment below or send me a private message.

Yes
0 (0.0%)

No
4 (100.0%)

Do you think ongoing dialogues throughout fandom might help writers reduce the incidents of racism within their own stories? If you have more to say, please add a comment below or send me a private message.

Yes
5 (100.0%)

No
0 (0.0%)

Would you be interested in participating in such dialogues? If you have more to say, please add a comment below or send me a private message.

Yes
2 (50.0%)

No
2 (50.0%)



If you have anything to add, please include it in a comment below or in a private message to me.

Thank you.

Note: This poll has been crossposted from LiveJournal

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Date: 2010-08-03 01:50 am (UTC)
tesserae: white poppies in the sun (Default)
From: [personal profile] tesserae
As a teacher of mostly young adults (i.e., over 18), I'd have to say that people learn things when they need to and not a moment before. "Need" can, of course, be driven by a lot of things, including curiosity - it's not always a question of forces outside oneself. So I think that the ongoing discussions/imbroglios/vocal responses to fail have the potential themselves to become teachable moments for people, to spark their curiosity, encourage further leaning (or simply model in-group behavior, which can be really useful, esp. when people see the way letting their pants down is received), and push people who are ready to hear it to examine their own behavior & thought patterns. I think simply holding the discussions, absent some sort of catalyst like the publication of that J2 Haiti fic, would be fairly pointless: it's the passion that makes people pay attention & learn something - otherwise it's another exhausting round of teaching racism 101 or feminism 101, and runs the risk of burning out the people to whom the teaching always seems to fall.

August 2011

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