f/m instead of m/f ?

August 31st, 2009 by Laura Leave a reply »

Yesterday, I was chatting a Fan History admin about this fan fiction dictionary. It is a nice little dictionary… but it has one thing that really stands out as different from every other fan fiction dictionary I have seen: It uses f/m instead of m/f as the norm. Is this the norm in the Superman fandom? Is it specific to just this site? Is it specific to comics fandom? The whole idea seems to flip some gender understanding of how we organize things in fandom on its head. The definition list also seems to indicate that femslash is the norm for the fandom and that m/m is not dominant or normative.

I’d really love an explanation for this. :D

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