Fansplaining is a podcast about by, for, and about fandom. It’s hosted by Flourish Klink and Elizabeth Minkel. New episodes come out every two weeks. If you want to call us and leave a message for us to read on air, our number is 1-401-526-FANS!
In Episode 136, Flourish and Elizabeth talk about the messy intersections of politics and fandom, and the narratives we create around political figures and actions. Topics discussed include why journalists keep using fandom terms they don’t understand, political RPF vs. fantasy ideas about candidates, and invoking pop culture during political protest. They also, as a podcast, unequivocally endorse Joe Biden.
Race and Fandom Revisited: Part 2
In the second half of “Race and Fandom Revisited,” fans of color continue to speak about their experiences—and Elizabeth and Flourish talk with another white fan (and fan scholar) about how whiteness operates in fandom spaces. Featuring interviews with Amanda-Rae Prescott and Dr. JSA Lowe, and clips from Stitch, Anisa Khalifa, Effy, Sam, and Phoebe Sinclair. Topics covered include deprogramming internalized racism, how the dynamics of Facebook shape fandom conversations there, and why characters of color always seem to end up as the secondary ship.
Race and Fandom Revisited: Part 1
Four years after the original “Race and Fandom” double episode, Flourish and Elizabeth return to the topic with a mix of old contributors and new voices. In the first installment, they interview Sunny Liu and Paracelsus Caspari, and they hear clips from Dr. Rukmini Pande, The Navy Language, Holly Quinn, PJ Punla, Roz, and Clio. Topics covered include the way Western fans engage with Asian media, fans’ prioritization of white characters over characters of color, and the experiences of Black fans who speak out about racism.
Ask Fansplaining Anything: Part 8
In Episode 134, “Ask Fansplaining Anything: Part 8,” Elizabeth and Flourish once again open up the mailbag and answer listener questions. Topics covered include sports RPF, the ethics of sporking, adaptations of fan-favorite properties, how to make new friends in fandom, and even more of everyone’s favorite topic: slash discourse.
Slash: The Discourse
In Episode 133, Elizabeth and Flourish talk directly about a topic that creeps into a lot of Fansplaining discussions: slash fic and the people who write it. They walk through the history of “slash fandom” and the ways that early narratives about it endure to this day, and they dig into the fraught gender politics around slash, wrapping up with a discussion of whether the term means anything at all in 2020. They also read a slew of listener letters about the topic of the last episode, purity culture.
Purity Culture 2020
In Episode 132, Elizabeth and Flourish receive a letter asking them to revisit the topic of purity culture, which they last discussed in 2018. They talk about the way the term “anti” has changed in the past 15 years, connections between fiction and real life, and the specific way the fannish migration to Twitter has amplified these dynamics. They also hear from EarlGreyTea68 in a belated anniversary episode segment, and they answer a listener letter about migratory fandom.
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Informative and Crucial
Thank goodness for this show. I had no idea it existed (for reasons), despite having a toe in the fan studies pool. So discovering this show randomly on Castbox was a true treat. The hosts do a fantastic job exploring fandom in its myriad forms, whether it's social media or K-pop stans (that episode was *chef's kiss*) and more MORE more. If you're "in" fandom, this show is designed for you. If you're just super curious, this show is also for you. Basically, just subscribe. It's super good.
Favorite Fandom Podcast
I started listening to Fansplaining a while ago and it’s become a go-to for smart meta discussions! I have recently been working my way back through the archives and so enjoying the quality of guests and the chemistry of the hosts. Everything is thoughtful and informative and they have a great perspective on fandom from both inside and outside. Extra kudos! ;)
Informative and often humorous
I learn so much about different aspects of fandoms—not just fan fiction writing although fan fics are a big focus of the show.