Stitch's Media Mix
|Name:||Stitch's Media Mix|
|Type:||Meta essays, media discourse, fanfiction and original fiction|
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Stitch's Media Mix is a website run by Zina, better known as Stitch, a black fan and writer. She publishes fanfiction, original fiction, book reviews, and meta essays about fandom to the site, both in text and podcast/audio form.
In her meta essays, Stitch primarily writes about issues connected with race and fandom, the characterisation and perception of characters of colour, representation and erasure, toxic fandom, and fandom tropes and trends.
An introduction to Stitch's Media Mix from the blog:
WHO I AM AND WHAT I DO:
I’m Zina and I’ve been running Stitch’s Media Mix since March 2015. I created my site as a site for fandom and media criticism after being frustrated by my inability to find a safe, welcoming place where I could be a part of these conversations in the fandoms that I already belonged to. I love being in fandom and I love the act of being a fan, but I feel as though there’s room for improvement that is always being overlooked. I’d love to be able to change certain things about the overarching institution of fandom, but for now, I’ll settle for educating and snarking my way to change in my main fandoms.
Using my academic background (I have a BA in History and am getting my MA in Literature) and my experiences as a queer Black member of fandom, I try to tackle the media I consume and the fandom spaces I inhabit from a critical and faintly snarky angle. I use my website to host my writing: media critique, analysis of fandom tropes and trends, book reviews, and the occasional bit of original fiction.My goal is to talk critically about the media we create and consume in order to urge fandom to become a more welcoming place for marginalized and underrepresented groups of people. I want everyone to be able to have a seat at the proverbial table without it being pulled from underneath them.
- Urban Fantasy 101: A post series exploring how urban fantasy and the tropes it relies on can be inaccessible and harmful to people who are not cisgender, queer people and people of colour
- The Great Big Anita Blake Reread
- Letters to the Author
- What Fandom Racism Looks Like
- Fandom's Race Problem (currently on hiatus)
- Stitch Talks Tropes (a Patreon-exclusive podcast series)
Other Notable Posts
- Dear Comic Fans: We Get it. You’re racist and racebending scares you.
- Slash Shipping, Pseudo-Progressivism, and Reinforcing Patriarchal Standards in Fandom
- Fantastic Beasts & Invisible Diversity in the Harry Potter Series
- Black Ladies Deserve Love Too: Lupita Nyong’o, Concern Trolling, and White Feminism
- Fear of Fucking Up: Not Actually A Good Excuse For Erasing Characters of Color
- “What if a white guy played Black Panther?”: The Fake Concern of Fake Geek Guys
- What It’s Like Being Fandom Critical While Black
- In Fandom, All Villains Aren’t Treated Equally
- Queer Coded Villains Aren’t That Awesome
- Stitch Talks Toxic Fandom