Look, can I just say: Going into somebody’s ask on anon or joining their creative brainstorming chatroom to yell at them and call them oppressive and bad for not producing the content you want them to (which i have seen MULTIPLE EXAMPLES OF this week)
is a shitty tactic for getting people to produce the content you want.
If you’re angry because the fandom doesn’t focus enough on certain issues, yeah okay me too, and there’s a place for anger, but the sad proof is that when you want someone to do more creative work, to focus more on a certain topic, singling them out and sending them messages about how awful they are is 100% counterproductive.
Only the most robust and pliant artists will do what you want, and “robust” and “pliant” aren’t words that leap to mind when I describe general personality traits of creative people. The rest will either do the opposite of what you want out of pure obstinacy, or get so anxious and overwhelmed that they stop producing entirely. So if your intention was to make them produce what you want, you lose; if your intention was to make them so distressed that they feel unable to produce creative work that, although not to your tastes, is not actually hate speech, then congratulations you are a bully.
METHODS THAT WORK 1000% THAN BULLYING PEOPLE INTO DOING FANDOM HOW YOU WANT
- Producing the kind of content you want to see!
- Reblogging the kind of content you want to see!
- Leaving feedback on the kind of content you want to see!
- LEAVE FEEDBACK ON THE KIND OF CONTENT YOU WANT TO SEE OH GOD YOU DON’T KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO ENCOURAGE CREATORS, ESPECIALLY AROUND MARGINALIZED TOPICS!
- Following blogs that produce the kind of content you want to see!
- Prompting the kind of content you want to see!
- Commissioning the kind of content you want to see!
- Writing essays about why you want to see this kind of content!
- Ignoring people who don’t create work relevant to you!
- Finding people who are as upset as you about the topic you care about and building community with them!
- Finding a support group or therapy or something!
- Finding a different activist outlet where you can use your willingness to be assertive and righteously angry in a productive way (because this tactic is a bad one for getting art made, but a good one for, say, getting legislation passed)!
- Petting a kitten, or smelling a flower, or like, anything!!!