|Synonyms:||unexamined privilege, institutionalized racism|
|See also:||Fail better RaceFail '09, SurveyFail, Misogyny in Fandom, Homophobia in Fandom, Race and Fandom, Judaism and Fandom, Ableism in Fandom|
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Fail is a suffix now in common use in online communities, many of them fandom communities to name particular imbroglios where people point out an individual's or institution's unexamined privilege as demonstrated by their attitude toward a dis-privileged group. It can also be used as a stand-alone term to characterize the actions of the individual or institution in question.
Fail is also used in fandom in a standalone way to refer to any act of perpetuating oppression without realising it. A fan might describe a fanwork with racist themes as faily or say that it brings the fail. (needs citation) The term fail encompasses the initiating comment or fanwork as well as the resulting defensiveness when it's pointed out.
The phrase Fail better, relies on an understanding of this usage of fail.