“Same Stereotypes, Different Name.”

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At Film School Rejects, Ciara Wardlow writes about “A Century of Female Fandom” and the stereotypes female fans have faced for the last hundred years or so. “[T]he biggest change from the 1910s criticisms of female fandom and the 2010s criticisms of female fandom is that while, in the 1910s, these criticisms were geared towards movie fans (whom they assumed to be single adolescent women) nowadays we have added the variable of the male media fan who is, as I will explore more later, treated quite differently from his female counterpart (still generally assumed to be single and adolescent). The stereotype – whether it be by the name of ‘screen-struck girl’ circa 1917 or ‘fangirl’ circa now – has, beyond the name, changed very little.”

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