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In current fannish usage, particularly in parts of livejournal fandom, an imbroglio is a critical discussion of an underlying societal attitude, usually in the context of criticizing a fanwork or a fannish community for exclusion. (These discussions have centered around race, religion, nationality, sex, sexuality, ability -- about every category of discrimination you can think of.) The term was suggested by zvi[1] to differentiate these serious, often contentious, emotional, and fast-moving discussions from wank, which is defined by the silly behavior of the participants.

Although participants in an imbroglio may act foolish, and indeed the whole discussion may devolve into name-calling and flamewars, in general the discussions proceeding from an imbroglio are not considered fair game for Fandom Wank, and will be found on Unfunnybusiness instead. This distinction, and the collective pan-fannish judgement underlying, explain why Fandom Wank is sometimes called the Rogue Judiciary.

Occasionally imbroglios, though painful at the time, lead to cool outcomes. One imbroglio led to International Blog Against Racism Week, now in its third year[2] and the Writers of Color 50 Book Challenge.[3]


  1. Do you remember me?, LiveJournal post by zvi, 20 October 2007
  2. International Blog Against Racism Week's blog profile
  3. 50books_poc profile