#AtoZChallenge Fangirl of the Day initiative & Me
A to Z Blog Challenge Topic: Fangirl of the Day initiative & Me
First in order to better understand the Fangirl of the Day initiative, I thought it would be important to define what is a Fangirl. I found many different definitions of a Fangirl using Google search. Many of these definitions look upon the term “Fangirl” in a bad light including:
From Urban Dictionary
A rabid breed of human female who is obsessed with either a fictional character or an actor. Similar to the breed of fanboy. Fangirls congregate at anime conventions and livejournal. Have been known to glomp, grope, and tackle when encountering said obsessions.
Found within the Fan_(Person) article on Wikipedia.
A fangirl is a female member of a fandom community (counterpart to the masculine “fanboy”). Fangirls may be more devoted to emotional and romantic aspects of their fandom, especially (relation-)shipping. However, it is commonly used in a derogatory sense to denote a girl’s obsession with something, most commonly a male teen idol or an aspect of Japanese pop culture. Fangirl behavior can vary in intensity. On one end of the scale are those that, while harboring a crush on a particular actor or character, are perfectly capable of understanding that the fulfillment of the crush is never going to happen. On the other end are the girls who are said to be obsessive in their claims on a fictional character, even fighting with other fangirls over who ‘owns’ the character in question.
informal derogatory an obsessive female fan (usually of movies, comic books, or science fiction).
I personally do not agree with ANY of these definitions because they focus on the stereotypes and the negative or derogatory aspects of term. I am very disappointed that each of these definitions, especially the Oxford English Dictionary version, do not paint a true picture of what a fangirl is. Fortunately, one person is trying to change the stereotypes and negative aspects of the term “Fangirl”. Her name is Ashley Eckstein and she has started “The Year of the Fangirl” campaign through the Her Universe website. The goal of this is campaign is to highlight all kinds of Fangirls and show that they are not like the stereotypes at all!
Each day throughout the rest of 2013, Ashley along with a team of writers, will highlight one “Fangirl” on the Her Universe blog every day. As Ashley mentioned in the video that introduces the campaign and the Fangirl of the Day initiative, The Fangirl Of The Day can be of any age from 2 to 80 and come from anywhere in the world. Each of these posts will then be shared on both the Her Universe official Facebook and Twitter accounts to let others, throughout the world, know that Fangirls do not fit into any of the common stereotypes or definitions.
Most importantly, these posts let other Fangirls know that there are many others, like them, that think and feel the same way they do! They, like me, can be inspired by the stories of these Fangirls.
How have these stories already inspired me?
Well, I was inspired to start talking online to the writing contributors and some of the Fangirls highlighted during the first week of this initiative. It was through these discussions, that I was encouraged to take the plunge and start a blog of my own. Therefore, this blog was born as a direct result of the Fangirl of the Day initiative! Thank you so much Ashley for starting The Year of The Fangirl campaign and the Fangirl of the Day initiative. You and all the others highlighted so far are giving all of us who consider ourselves fangirls an opportunity to proudly proclaim ourselves as such without worrying about the negative aspects or the stereotypes!