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Why We Must Share The Things We Love

Not long ago, I saw a post questioning why people feel the need to share with others their pornographic preferences. While there’s certainly something to be said about keeping sexual preferences private simply due to their nature, there are many people in the anime fandom who are quite open about the kinds of fanservice, character […]

What Gamers Can Teach the Moe Fandom

GamerGate is seven months old. It’s been seven months since gamers have revolted against the gaming press, who have been vilifying “gaming culture” for years, insisting that “gamers” are sexist, misogynist, racist, cis-het white men who are afraid of sexual, racial, and gender minorities in the gaming industry. For three months, gamers have fought tooth […]

How To End a Conversation

Many will stand up and proclaim that declaring a work of art sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, etc. is a valid criticism of the work, and they’re correct. Barely. These are criticisms that, though appearing insightful and reasoned on the surface, have more to do with the critic’s personal inclinations, preferences, and sensibilities than with the […]

What is Anime? Why Does It Matter?

A friend of mine recently directed me to a Youtube video about the use of the term “anime.” Something I’ve seen a lot is confusion over what “anime” is, and that’s somewhat perplexing to me, because, for a long time, I didn’t quite understand what the point of contention was.

Taskforce M.O.E.: A Negative Force?

I’ve been accused in the past of being a negative element of the anime fandom, and that really baffles me, considering all the positive feedback I’ve gotten for Taskforce MOE, and all the personal “thank-you”s I’ve gotten from people who, through Taskforce MOE, I’ve helped to overcome their hang-ups about loving moé, especially considering that […]

C3-bu – An Airsofter’s Perspective

While it didn’t do particularly well, Stella C3-bu really resonated with me. As an airsofter, its presentation of the sport and of Yuna’s character was particularly strong to me, and while it went largely unappreciated, it had a good story to tell and a good message to send. This article will contain spoilers for Stella […]

The Nature of Anime Fandom “Discussion”

The “#EducateAnime” movement has popped up recently. It’s growing, but where it goes still remains to be seen. The premise is to encourage discussion and debate, and discourage blind hatred and negativity. Longtime She’s Lost Control readers might recognize this as everything I’ve been on about since before this site launched, back when I was […]