Constructing queer female cyberspace: The L Word fandom and Autostraddle.com

Kelsey Cameron

Abstract


Autostraddle.com is the most popular independently owned Web site for queer women and a central, organizing force in queer female cyberspace. It also grew out of The L Word fandom, though its appearance now occludes the history of fan recapping that laid its groundwork. In this article, I reconnect Autostraddle to The L Word fandom, tracing the gradual accumulation of online fan activity into a stable Web site and queer female social space. In doing so, I revise dominant conceptions of fan productivity as individual-centered and temporally bound, arguing for a more expansive consideration of the large-scale creations fans can build over time. My intervention is twofold: a plea for history where the Web can seem to be an eternally present medium, and an assertion of fandom's inseparability from the larger landscape of queer female life online.

Keywords


Blog; Fan community; Fan productivity; Queer women; Recap culture; Web history

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3983/twc.2017.0846

License URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

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