Purity Culture in Fandom

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In the mid-2010s, a "purity" culture arose, mainly on Tumblr, arguing that some kinds of fanworks should not be allowed on any platform. Other terms include "antis" and "Performative Morality" and these fans often use Social Justice framing. These somewhat resemble Fandom as a Safe Space discussions.

Some fans, apparently mostly young, are "calling out" fanfiction authors and platforms, sometimes using the term "sin". Their main issue was pedophilia, sometimes using the terms MAP (Molesters And Predators) and (CSA = Child Sexual Abuse). Some seem to be teens upset that adults were writing porn about teenagers (regardless of age of consent), and some even considered relationships with very large age gaps to be unhealthy.

This is particularly complex in comic and cartoon fandoms, such as the sports anime Free!, due to the vaguely young age of many characters. As "antis", it may have arisen in Homestuck and has been an issue in Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, Undertale and Voltron. Anti-Shipper Example Ships provides a list of fandoms where purity culture has called out problems

Other problems brought up included rape, non-consensual sex. incest, kink, pro-Nazi content, racism, homophobia, transphobia, abelism, religious bigotry, misogyny, Samboism, discrimination porn, Mammyism, Dehumanization, slash fic (fetishizes gay men), and presenting abusive and unhealthy relationships as ideal and romantic.

Suggestions for enforcing or improving have included name calling, smears, comparisons to mainstream porn, organized negative comment storms, reporting the fan creators as abuse of platforms, directly threatening messages, doxxing, reporting the Archive Of Our Own to the US FBI, calling for curation to remove bad content, or more positively to adding more required warnings, bookmark tagging, and collections.

This is discussed in great detail in The Three Laws of Fandom and AO3 is open source.

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