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First, I would exactly like to thank Lisa Katayama and BoingBoing for composing what exactly is an extremely thoughtful, relaxed and (mostly) reasonable piece for a social occurrence this is certainly frequently treated with either moral hysteria, snide, condescending „cooler-than-thou“ or both. The content’s even-handed way of a hard topic really reminded me personally a little bit of a „This US Life“ piece; i will completely hear Ira Glass narrating it.
Having said that, i need to echo the ideas of most of the commenters right right right here, like BookGuy whom sums up the article to my problem completely: „I became just a little saddened to begin to see the individuals who are thinking about an intimate part with this called ‚these miscreants‘ within the article. „
At the least since i obtained in to the fandom during the early 00s, and perchance because the start, there has been both of these teams playing a tug-of-war that is uncomfortable it. The moral fear-mongers and spectacle lovers that love finding and exploiting „freaks“ for viewership try to portray it as a den of depravity, unimaginably twisted and sad on one side, outside the fandom. As well as on one other, well-meaning dudes like Mr. Strom respond from this and keep wanting to pull it one other method, desperately attempting to paint the fandom being a main-stream, mostly non-sexual, safe past-time.
Obviously the hysterics are incorrect (they constantly are). And possibly generally speaking, individuals like Josh are appropriate. But also for me personally at the least, their protests for normalcy plus a fandom that is asexual don’t ring real.