About The Learned Fangirl

The Learned Fangirl is committed to highlighting and nurturing under-reported writing focused on media, technology, and online culture by providing access and opportunity for women and people of color to publish media and cultural critiques that are too often ignored by the mainstream media. Free from the dictates of commercial pressure, TLF is dedicated to creating an independent media space, for underrepresented writers and critics to publish challenging critiques and research focused on mass media, technology and society in general. To further its mission to supporting the future development of writers’ careers, TLF, unlike most other similar online and print publications, is committed to writers retaining copyright in their work, allowing writers to further to grow ideas first sprouted at TLF.

The Learned Fangirl is fiscally sponsored by Independent Arts & Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Contact us @ thelearnedfangirl @ gmail [.dot.] com, with inquiries and requests or any kind, or just to say hi!

We do not accept sponsored content. We define sponsored content as content marketers want placed on sites to promote their products without critical analysis.

The Learned Fangirl Editors

Keidra Chaney (Publisher/Editor In Chief)  is a writer and editor. She’s written about music and culture for Chicago Sun-Times, Paste Magazine, Time Out Chicago and Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. She’s especially interested in online fan communities and the intersection between fan works and labor. In what little spare time she has, she’s a musician. Read more about Keidra.

Raizel Liebler (Managing Editor) frequently presents and writes about the interaction between new disruptive technologies and the law, including focusing on copyright and rights of publicity. Her work has been cited by the California Supreme Court and in the New York Times – and is prominently cited on the Ninth Circuit’s website.  She writes here about intellectual property issues, and the impact of law on online user-generated content, and Korean pop music and dramas.

Kristin Bezio (Games Editor) has been published in academic journals on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, co-edited volumes of Jane Austen’s juvenilia, and has a forthcoming chapter on Batman: Arkham Asylum in a critical anthology on the Joker. She’s spoken on misogyny and the gaming community at Social Media Club of Richmond (SMCRVA), and presented at conferences on early modern drama, medieval history, contemporary literature, and videogames – just not all of them at the same time. She has a husband and two cats, her own Xbox, two computers, and a Droid. Her blog is here.

Vivian Obarski is a Madison freelance writer. In her spare time she loves mysteries, gaming and chasing her daughter around.

The Learned Fangirl Contributing Writers

Angel Cruz is a writer and boy band scholar. You can also find her at Women Write About Comics for your books/manga/TV coverage, and at Book Riot for all things literature.

[Angel’s Previous TLF Writing]

Tai Gooden is a freelance writer, mom, wife, and dedicated Whovian. She has written for BlackGirlNerds, The Guardian, Paper Magazine, Paste Magazine, The Frisky, Geek & Sundry, MadameNoire, Upworthy, The Mary Sue, and many others. When Tai is not waiting for the TARDIS, she’s either on Twitter (@taigooden) or writing because she needs money for comics

[Tai’s Previous TLF Writing]

Inda Lauryn is a writer and freelance editor. She writes about a number of interests including pop culture, Black feminism, womanism, social justice and the intersections among them.

[Inda’s Previous TLF Writing]

Betsy Scott writes about comics and cosplay in Chicago

[Betsy’s Previous TLF Writing]

The Learned Fangirl Citations

Excluding self-citations, these are academic and academic-ish writing that cites to work published at TLF:

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Comments (7)

Hello! This is Nicole from Temple University’s Media Education Lab, sending you a friendly reminder to check out our new site.

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Thanks, and rock on!

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Thanks, Mom 🙂

Hi! Thanks for the covering us. Just wanted to direct you to our new blog which is updated more regularly. BTW, love your blog!

Pia Guerrero

Thank you!! A friend and I were having a discussion on how true fandom and fangirling has gone by the wayside since Disney took the mainstream. I am glad that we are not the only ones left who are smart, but not yet lunatic obsessed. We have discussed opening a school to properly educate people on how to fangirl. If we do, I will make sure to offer you twwo positions at our school. lol

My name is Margaret Bates and I am a part of a segment of Smallville fandom that has created the first ever fan commercial for a character on an in-production television show. We have made an ad in tribute of Allison Mack and Chloe Sullivan from Smallville to air in Los Angeles this Spring. We hope you consider us as an interesting aspect of fandom culture and of what fandom can accomplish as a unit. Below is a copy of our press release:
“”Fans honor CW leading lady & Smallville star, Allison Mack, with tribute commercial to air in Los Angeles.
Smallville fans have funded a professionally-filmed tribute commercial for the CW leading lady Allison Mack and her tv character, Chloe Sullivan, to air this Spring in Los Angeles before this season concludes. Starring on Smallville since 2001, Ms. Mack has gained a large and devoted fan base as one of the CW’s most beloved stars.

For the completion of her 9th year on the series, Smallville fans decided to celebrate Allison Mack and her tv character, Chloe Sullivan, with a commercial project entitled Legendary. Scripted and funded entirely by fans, this first of its kind tribute ad was filmed in Los Angeles in late February. In the capable hands of the director, Jon Michael Kondrath, cast and crew created a tribute ad focusing on who Chloe Sullivan is and what she means to Smallville fans.

The ad highlights milestones in Chloe Sullivan’s journey from her introduction as a high school student in Smallville to being hired at the Daily Planet as well as becoming Clark Kent’s confidante.

The website, Legendary (http://www.legendarychloe.com), has been set up for the project. Although the intial goals of the project have been met, the organizers invite other Smallville fans to help them expand the project with longer air time for the ad or airing it in a second tv market.

Ms. Mack has been the center of a flurry of fan activity recently. Earlier this year, Smallville fans participated in Operation: Truth & Justice, another initiative to honor Ms. Mack, in which fans donated $3000 to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation in her name and sent the CW star baskets of fan created gifts in appreciation of her performance.”

We have even been promoted by Richard Sands of TV Guide Magazine Online (http://www.tvguidemagazine.com/smallville/love-and-adventure-for-chloe-sullivan-4523.html) and also by the CW 56 in Boston (http://twitter.com/cw56/status/11651204735).
If this interests you as a piece, you can also contact me or admin@legendarychloe.com for more information.

Margaret Bates

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