Timeline of Gender Meta

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This page lists meta and other articles about Gender and Fandom and the related discussions of sexism, misogyny, feminism, etc.

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.



  • Joanna Russ, How to Suppress Women's Writing. Univ. of Texas, 1983.







  • Eric Leif Davin, Partners in Wonder: Women And the Birth of Science Fiction, 1926-1965. Oxford, England: Lexington, 2006.
  • Susan Faludi, Backlash, the Undeclared War Against American Women. 15th anniversary edition, Broadway 2006. The chapter entitled "Teen models and unwed witches: the backlash on TV" illustrates many examples of misogyny in the media, especially the downplaying of strong, self-willed and independent women characters.








  • An Open Letter to the Doctor Who Fandom, posted July 2013, discussing the possibility that Doctor Who, traditionally played in successive "regenerations" by male actors, could regenerate as a female. "If you don’t see why regenerating into a woman would be only be “credible” or valuable to the narrative if it was the symptom of a plague that needs to be “cured” is offensive as all get out to female viewers and female-allies, you are currently demonstrating what the root of this problem is with this discussion currently: There is nothing wrong with being a woman, and a woman is not a terrible, inferior being." [1]
  • Greg Sandoval, The End of Kindness: Weev and the Cult of the Angry Young Man. In The Verge, 2013-09-12. General article about the prevalence of sexual degradation and harassment of women online, including the Kathy Sierra story and the harassment of Caroline Criado-Perez for campaigning (successfully) to get Jane Austen's picture on British money. See also The Trolls Among Us by Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times 2008-08-03.


  • Mary Beard, The Public Voice of Women. London Review of Books, March 20, 2014, entire text online. Discusses the origins of Western culture's assumption that women's voices are of no consequence, going back to ancient Greece where it was a sign of maturity for a man to order a woman -- even his own mother -- to shut up. "One of the questions at the back of my mind is the connection between publicly speaking out in support of a female logo on a banknote, Twitter threats of rape and decapitation,[2] and Telemachus' put-down of Penelope."
  • On Star Wars fandom, feminism, diversity and anger by Dunc at Club Jade (May 2014)
  • Kathy Sierra, Why the Trolls Will Always Win, October 2014. "I now believe the most dangerous time for a woman with online visibility is the point at which others are seen to be listening, 'following', 'liking', 'favoriting', retweeting. ... From the hater's POV, you do not 'deserve' that attention."


  • Kameron Hurley, The Culture Wars Come to Sci-Fi Atlantic Monthly, 2015-04-09. Discusses the Sad Puppies movement and their apparent hijacking of the 2015 Hugo Awards, supposedly to restore science fiction to the "good old stuff" of former times and claiming past nominees were overwhelmingly preachy screeds by "left-wing control freaks who have subjected science fiction to ideological control for two decades and are now attempting to do the same thing in the game industry"... yada yada yada. See also George R.R. Martin's dissection of all this in Where's The Beef?
  • "The misogyny towards fanfiction", 2015 article by by Nandhini Narayanan in the Duke University Chronicle.





  1. reference link for An Open Letter to the Doctor Who Fandom
  2. Not to mention Twitter admins' refusal to do anything about said threats.