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Welcome back to our weekly babble session on Sunday mornings. This week we will take a look at the incessant importance that is put on age in certain fandoms I have seen.
Having been in fandoms since I was a teenager and now being in my mid-20s, I have seen almost all sides of it, but now am seeing one that I am not particularly liking that much.
There has always been a misconception that a fan is first a girl and 2nd someone in their early teens like 13-14 years of age.
Both are very wrong and very false, since I have seen a good amount of boys and people of other genders enjoying certain fandoms and there is literally no age limit to being in a fandom, I have seen people who are in their 60s, 40s, 30s, and more being a part of one and contributing and enjoying the content as much as a 13-year-old.
Then why the constant feeling of being unwelcome or that we are being inappropriate in liking a group that might be slightly younger to us?
This kind of attitude I mainly see from the younger part of the fandom itself, with most thinking that we are younger in age and when they realise our true age asking why exactly are we here.
Like… do we need permission now? When was an age limit set on who can and who couldn’t be in a fandom?
This can be really hurtful sometimes and create a sense of guilt that we are doing something wrong when that is absolutely not the case at all.
Younger people truly need to realise that they cannot dictate who can enter a fandom and who cannot and certainly have no right to make someone feel bad about stanning a group that could be younger to them.
They are not being creepy or wrong and certainly don’t deserve some of the treatment they get.
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