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Saturday, July 9 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Slash and Feminism

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This panel considers the extent to which slash can be a feminist activity. The panel will look at the pros and cons of slash fiction through a feminist lens, examining whether focusing on male characters and male sexuality reinforces a typically male bias or whether slash can be said to satisfy a desire to reclaim popular narratives to subvert the male gaze. Is the ability to write fiction without content limitation in and of itself a feminist activity, and how can parallels be drawn between media reactions to slash fiction and the suppression of women’s writing? The panel will look at how the female characters in canon heterosexual relationships are dealt with (or dispensed with) in slash fiction. We will also consider character bashing of canon female characters and question whether or not female writers in a largely gendered space have a responsibility to consider the role and characterization of female characters when writing slash.

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Emily Roach

Contemporary Literature and Culture Postgraduate, University of York
Emily has been an active reader, writer and community moderator in Harry Potter fandom since 2010. She writes all pairings and genres but is particularly active in H/D and Snarry. In 2012, Emily completed an MA in Children's Literature and wrote her thesis on fanfiction and queering... Read More →

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Dicta is a fanfiction writer, reccer, and tumblr user. She reads and writes primarily in the Harry Potter fandom and ships Harry/Draco, though all things Buffy and Larry Stylinson hold a special place in her heart. When not splashing in the fandom pool she teaches, writes things that... Read More →
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Elizabeth Minkel

Columnist, New Statesman
I'm a journalist who writes about (mostly) books and fan culture.
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Aja Romano

Web Culture Reporter, Vox
Aja Romano is a staff web culture reporter and film reviewer for Vox.com. A longtime member of fandom, she has over a decade of experience as a writer, editor, and geek culture reporter for media outlets including the Mary Sue and the Daily Dot. She is a frequent radio guest and panel... Read More →
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Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh has a BsC in film directing from Boston University and an MFA in film directing from Columbia University. She is writer/director of the multi-award winning short BITCH and has worked as a film editor, and a music video director for Black Dog/RSA. She recently co-wrote... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom II