June 16th, 2010

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I spent most of the evening following this link round-up regarding an unimaginably (heretofore) exploitative fan fiction (from a fandom I'm not a part of) wherein the Haiti earthquake was used as a backdrop for porn (or a ~meaningful relationship~, if you prefer) between white protagonists.

I had remarked elsewhere that the only good thing about this story is that it was not written for help_haiti, and that's all I am going to say on the subject directly, because while I am extremely disturbed by what I have read, this does not hurt me the same way it hurts fen of colour, and I do not think adding my privileged voice to the chorus of outrage holds any value. (Please note that I am talking about me here; not you, not your white friend who posted about racism two weeks ago, not other white people, real or imagined. I think that the best thing for me to do besides being supportive in comments to PoC friends is to listen rather than post in my journal discussing my opinions of and emotional reactions to situations such as this one. What other people choose to do is their business.)

What I do want to comment on is an underlying vibe I have been picking up all over the place in recent months, and particularly during tonight's bout of link-hopping: that frank discussion of various forms of privilege has "ruined fandom". Collapse )