Care of Magical Shippers - A Listener's Guide to Combatting Purity Culture in Fandom
12:23AM Nov 1, 2022
harry potter fandom
Hi fandom friends, it's Megs here with a very important announcement.
I'd like to thank the HP Fanfic Writer's Guild for compiling and sharing the following information, which deserves to reach as many of us as possible. SnapeChat and Care of Magical Shippers stand 100% behind this message and encourage the practices mentioned to keep our fandom family safe. We love you and we want you all to stick around.
Over the past few years, there has been a palpable uptick of harassment, threats, false accusations, and even doxxing creators in the Harry Potter fandom. Authors have been attacked for everything under the sun, from the content of their fics to their personal information such as their age, race, career choices, and more. I've personally witnessed this and I'm sure many of you have as well. Sadly, it's only gotten worse. Ultimately, these purity police have been successful in chasing creators entirely out of fandom. Some creators have removed their entire catalogue of works, and they are no longer posting their works publicly. It's heartbreaking and we fear there may be more if we allow this behavior to continue. If you want to know how to help the cause to fight purity policing, either yourself or your friends, here are some ways to get involved.
Stand with the Jegulus authors and join their No Post November movement. Though originally centralized around James Potter / Regulus black works. Consider showing your support for Fandom by not posting during the month of November. Find the original post on fuckboyregulus' Tumblr page or the No Post November tag.
Other ways to shut purity culture down include:
One: locking your stories to AO three members only monitoring all your comments and deny anonymous commenting. Delete any inbound comments on your works or social posts that encourage or condone purity policing. This may be for your own sanity, but it still cuts their movement off at the knees
Two: publish morally ambiguous content with reckless abandon. This year HP Dead Dove December is encouraging the creation and posting of Dead Dove works throughout the month of December. You can find more information at hp-deaddovedecember.tumblr.com.
Three: speak up. Tell people you don't approve of parody policing and call it out when you see it especially in spaces where it runs rampant. We do recommend protecting yourself utilize a fandom account that cannot be traced to your personal identity.
Leave kudos and comments and otherwise support commonly purity police works. All our stories are important they have meaning because we made them. We don't need to justify their existence. They belong here and so do we learn more about purity culture and its dangers at https://fanlore.org/wiki/Purity_Culture_in_Fandom. Stay safe, support one another and above all, keep creating!