Whenever you’re going through a bad day just remember, your track record for getting through bad days, so far, is 100%; and that’s pretty damn good.
(Note: While this post discusses the recent doxxing of a well-known member of the Welcome To Night Vale fandom, I will not be using her real name at any point. While the name is undoubtedly known to many people, I nonetheless ask anyone reblogging or commenting on this post or related posts to practice similar discretion. The more distance she can put between her professional identity and the damaging false accusations made against her, the better.)
This post was created as part of a joint effort by several people. It was written by branwyn-says, and co-signed by some (but not all) of the people who have been personally affected by the situation. I created a new blog for this post, both to keep the bulk of the traffic away from my personal blog and so that other people could make posts on the subject at a later time, if they wished to. I apologize for any confusion created by my use of the passive voice, which I deemed necessary to protect people’s privacy.
The purpose of this post is to bring to light information that will hopefully prevent what happened to Tumblr user sodomquake from happening to anyone else. I will only present information that has been verified through screencaps or personal statements from multiple people involved.
This post concerns the actions of a particular Tumblr user, namely the individual who has admitted to creating the teethforlunch blog that doxxed sodomquake. After serious discussion with people who know this individual, we as a group have elected not to disclose their identity at this time. This decision was made in the interests of protecting vulnerable persons, and in the hopes that teethforlunch will choose to take a break from fandom for awhile and seriously consider the choices that led them to engage in behavior that has harmed many people. This post will be using they/their pronouns to refer to teethforlunch, not as a reflection of that person’s gender identity or personal pronoun choice, but simply to protect their privacy.
Our hope is that the information we are sharing will create a context for serious fandom discussions that address the way we engage one another when it comes to important matters such as social justice and accountability.
Hey guys, I know I hardly engage with fandom very much at all, but this is something that has affected me in a lot of ways. I’d really appreciate it if you’d take the time to read it (It’s long, I know!) because it IS so important to me.
As a fan community, we have a responsibility to look out for those around us. And that’s not an easy task.
But, after observing the fandom in general over the past few months, and this incident in particular over the past few days, I think we need to start being more aware of the environment we’re creating.
I won’t even pretend to have all the answers for how to make our little corner of the internet any healthier, but I know that if we don’t at least talk about it, it’s not going to happen at all. Right?
On that note, let me end by saying this. If you ever see me engaging in behavior that makes you uncomfortable, I would appreciate it tremendously if you brought it to my attention and thank you in advance.
1) I finally finished reading Wicked and I cried over Elphie for like an hour and a half
2) ART NOUVEAU IS HARD DON’T DO IT