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Jan. 13th, 2013 09:45 pm
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Welcome to Wrangle Tangle! I'll be talking about AO3 tag wrangling, some silly things, some serious, mostly freeforms because that's my playground. This is a completely unofficial blog. My goal is to help folks understand and appreciate tagging on AO3, and hopefully to feel comfortable tagging their own works and searching for what they want. If you have any questions at all, leave a comment on any post.

This is an experiment, so I'm only committed to updating once or twice a week for 2013. After that, we'll see.

I'll try to end every post with a freeform tag or two, to help folks get familiar with what's out there. And because yeah, I love ‘em.

Today's freeform: Love (not as complicated as you might think)

(Note: This journal began life as a Tumblr outreach blog. These entries are copies of the ones I posted to Tumblr, often with follow-up notes about conversations or results of posts. These are labelled "ETA", even though the posts on DW and LJ are not technically being edited.)
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Since someone just asked, I thought I'd post this more broadly.

Blocking categories of tags on AO3 is actually quite easy. You don't even need to know CSS, because other people have already written the code. You can block a single category of tags or all tag categories very easily. With only a couple minutes' work, you can also block any combination of tag categories.

Blocking a single category )

Blocking multiple categories )
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Gwaine/Apple and Gwapple (freeform), now canonical for your fruity pleasure. If you ever notice a tag in Merlin BBC that's ready for canonization, drop me an comment or PM! (For freeforms, that means tagged by at least 3 different users on at least 3 different works.)
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I need to do something amusing that's not wrangling for a bit. If you put an Avengers, Merlin, or Transformers character in the comments, I'll reply with either all the canonical relationships for that character, or all the canonical freeforms for them (Avengers only for freeforms).

(Note: If you put Loki or Tony Stark in my box, I reserve the right to cut off the relationship list at 100 tags. That goes for Optimus Prime, Merlin, and Darcy too.)

Lists: Natasha and Pepper freeforms (Tumblr)
Rhodey relationships (Tumblr)
Kate Bishop relationships (LJ)
Phil Coulson freeforms (Tumblr)

To see the works for a tag, use this format: archiveofourown.org/tags/TAG NAME/works

(Make sure you leave the spaces in the tag. Replace “/” with “*s*”, “.” with “*d*”, and “&” with “*a*”.)
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Avengers Family (26 works)
Domestic Avengers (173 works)
Everyone Is Poly Because Avengers (23 works)
Kid Avengers (81 works, including subtags)
Parent Avengers (66 works, including subtags
Protective Avengers (73 works, including subtags)

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Thank you all for making these tags possible!
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This month, I've been contributing to #femslash february by highlighting female character-centric and femslash-centric tags at AO3. In the process, I've opened up comments to everyone. Today and tomorrow, I'll be posting those results.

First of all, whoa. All by itself, the post on black women characters received more suggestions than all the other posts combined. Not only that, but it received suggestions on all 3 platforms, the only post to do so. So it gets its own recap.

Notes: If I've doubled up a character, misspelled a name or canon, linked wrong, etc., holler at me! If I've forgotten to credit a suggestion (lots of suggestions came from multiple sources, so I tried to list everyone), holler. If there's a character without a link, that's because she doesn't exist on AO3 yet. If that changes, holler. There's also a list at the bottom for ladies who are black in some canons but not in others, so browsers can make informed choices.

Your recommendations! )
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(This month, I'm contributing to #femslash february by highlighting female character-centric and femslash-centric tags at AO3.)

One way that Femslash February is so, so awesome is that it focuses on the female gaze, both the gaze of female characters and the gaze of female creators.

This isn't to say men don't or shouldn't participate in femslash challenges - not at all! But one of the long-time complaints of LGBTQ+ women is the way in which our bodies and our sexualities are often objectified and appropriated for the entertainment of men. There is a profound difference in presentation between what I've seen on this tag in the past three weeks (and in femslash in general) and what I see in mainstream lesbian porn or yuri hentai. The women here on this tag are human beings celebrating relationships and their own sexuality - they are not boobs with legs.

Again, this isn't to say women can't objectify women, or that men can't create works that celebrate female sexuality in a positive way. Both of these happen! What I like about this tag is that the community as a whole rejects the primacy of the particular forms of male gaze that are catered to by most established entertainment industries. In its place, we have a variety of female gazes, non-monolithic, and all rooted in the basic idea of "yay, women!"

So yay, everyone on this tag! And to finish the post off right, here are some tags about the female gaze:

Freeforms of the day: Female Gaze and POV Female Character
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(This month, I'm contributing to #femslash february by highlighting female character-centric and femslash-centric tags at AO3.)

Ladies being friends!

Guys get buddy shows and team shows all the time. Ladies used to be lucky if one was able to crack into the boy's club as a token. But hey, we do have buddy stories and team stories that star women! Yay!

(Note: Some of these canons overlap with fandoms that have a lot of femslash. Some very much don't.)

A few:

* Rizzoli & Isles
* Jem and the Holograms
* Lost Girl
* Hanasaku Iroha
* Sailor Moon
* Madoka
* Fried Green Tomatoes
* Mona Lisa Smile
* Xena: Warrior Princess
* St. Trinian's
* Thelma and Louise
* Magic Knight Rayearth
* Bend It Like Beckham
* Mamma Mia!
* Spice Girls
* Baby-sitters Club
* Oathbound & Oathbreakers (Use Tarma shena Talesedrin and Kethry (Valdemar) to find works)
* Power Puff Girls
* Battle Athletes
* Princess Nine
* A League of Their Own
* Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (plus movie version)
* Bubblegum Crisis and Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
* Whip It
* Sugar Punch
* Sex and the City
* The L Word
* Bridesmaids
* Bunheads
* Sorcery and Cecilia
* Charlie's Angels
* Joy Luck Club
* Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood
* Hey Monie!
* Pitch Perfect
* NieA_7
* Wicked
* Black Rock Shooter
* Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
* Fairly Legal
* Stick It

Freeform of the day: Female Friendship and Platonic Female-Female Relationship

Got any more?
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(This month, I'm contributing to #femslash february by highlighting female character-centric and femslash-centric tags at AO3.)

As I mentioned yesterday, female-centric gen, especially family, is as often sidelined as femslash. One relationship that does stand the test of canon - though not necessarily the test of fandom - is that of sisters.

Relative to mothers and daughters, media is rife with sisters: Buffy and Dawn Summers, the Miyazawa girls, Kate and Susan Bishop, Morgana and Morgause, Hinoto and Kanoe, Susan and Lucy Pevensie, Padma and Parvati Patil. (It helps that sisters aren't fridged to provide drama at the same rate mothers are, though it certainly does happen to them.) Sisters are still nowhere near as numerous as brothers (or brother and sister pairs), but they do exist.

Sometimes fandom latches onto these sisterly relationships, and sometimes it doesn't. I'm often surprised by which relationships are adopted and which ones leave barely a ripple as they pass through fandom's collective consciousness. So today I'd love to hear about your favorite sisters. Got a favorite canon or work? Leave me a note!

Freeforms of the day: Sisters and Sister-Sister Relationship

Who're your favorite sisters?
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(This month, I'm contributing to #femslash february by highlighting female character-centric and femslash-centric tags at AO3.)

In the push for femslash, I want to make sure female-centric gen is not forgotten. Like femslash, female friendships and family relationships are heavily sidelined in many fandoms, if they exist at all. We can debate about the causes, or we can do something about it (or both - both is good).

So today I bring you a heavily underrepresented relationship: mothers and daughters. We have fathers and sons EVERYWHERE in fandom: complex relationships on every end of the spectrum from positive to negative. For mothers and daughters, we have few enough canonical relationships that it's a chore for me to think of more than 10 that have actual fanworks for them, and I've been in fandom for decades.

So my request today is for you to point me to a specific mother-daughter relationship in fandom, or a work that centers on a mother-daughter relationship. It doesn't even have to be canonical - if you have a link to a work that makes Bobbi Morse into Kate Bishop's mom, or that has Relena adopt Mariemeia, or that shows Gwen Pendragon's relationship with her mother before she died/disappeared, I want it! *grabby hands*

(And yes, I'm totally collecting all your responses to post at the end of the month. In case you were wondering.)

Freeforms of the day: Motherhood, Daughters, and Mother-Daughter Relationship

Got some mothers and daughters for me?
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(This month, I'm contributing to #femslash february by highlighting female character-centric and femslash-centric tags at AO3.)

Has anyone else noticed that there's a fannish meme been going around for a while now to have grown men derogatorily refer to their own or other men's behavior as being "like a teenage girl"? When did this become a Thing? And why?

I've met so many teenaged young women, and they're all very different people, most of them quite awesome. To me, "like a teenage girl" means "like a student taking 5 languages", "like an gymnast who practices 6 hours a day", "like a philanthropist who organized her whole grade into making Valentines cards for the kids at the local Children's Hospital", "like the stage manager for her school's musical", "like a camp counselor who teaches kids how to swim", "like a folk dancer who writes dances for her group", or "like a programmer who's designing her own video game".

Every time I read "like a teenage girl" said by a character with a sneer in their voice, all it does is make me not like that character anymore. Is that the intent? Then it's working.

So, hey! Here are some tags on AO3 where I've found positive, complex portrayals of teenage women:

* Himemiya Anthy/Tenjou Utena
* Kate Bishop
* Simoun
* Avatar: The Last Airbender and Avatar: Legend of Korra
* Young Wizards
* Sophie Hatter
* Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

(Freeform non-canonical of the day: tag search for "Teen* Girl*" [warning: not actually uplifting])

I'm sure there are lots of positive tags I've missed. Got any suggestions?
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(This month, I'm contributing to #femslash february by highlighting female character-centric and femslash-centric tags at AO3.)

(And sorry for the gap, guys! I'm posting Wednesday and today's posts back to back as a result.)

It is a truth generally acknowledged by the entertainment industry that a woman who stars in a television show or film, shall the vast majority of the time be under the age of 40. She might, on a lucky day, be as much as 50. *koff* *Susan Sarandon "too old" to play Catwoman* *koff*

60? 70? Older? Very rare.

Is that really what we want to tell young women? "Enjoy it while you can, because once you get wrinkles, your story is over." Really? And do we want to be telling older women that they shouldn't expect to see themselves in media, except as someone's two-scene grandma dispensing worn-out advice, or appearing only to die in the same chapter/episode to create emotional growth for someone else?

Ick.

Today's challenge: offer the world a leading lady or major supporting character who is canonically over 50. (And please not someone who's an youthful alien or magically appears younger for some other reason.) Any canon, any medium. Go!

Freeform of the day: Older Woman (I couldn't find a single other tag for these ladies. Even "Grandmothers" was folded into "Grandparents & Grandchildren".)

So, who's up? Got any awesome older lady pairings for everyone?

LGBTQ+

Feb. 12th, 2013 04:36 pm
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(This month, I'm contributing to #femslash february by highlighting female character-centric and femslash-centric tags at AO3.)

It's all very well to spend one's time in detailed examination of canon in order to prove a ship - every shipper does it, regardless of genre. But I'm always especially pleased when a character is presented in a fanwork as not just part of a ship but as a queer woman in her own right, with her sexuality as part of her personal identity.

Maybe it's the scarcity of role models in canons and public life, but having fandom center-stage women along all spectrums of bodies and sexualities makes me deeply happy. After all, Merlin BBC never gave us transwoman Morgana; only fandom did that.

So today I'd like to point out some tags you can use (or browse) on works that present or focus on a female character's gender-identity or sexuality:

* LGBTQ Female Character
* Bisexual Female Character
* Bisexual Female Character of Color
* LGBTQ Female Character of Color
* Lesbian Character of Color
* Trans Female Character
* Female Homosexuality
* Lesbian Character
* POV Lesbian Character
* Canon LGBTQ Female Character
* Canon Lesbian Character
* Canon Lesbian Relationship

Please share your own thoughts! Have you found any other tags that celebrate LGBTQ women? Who's your favorite canonical LGBTQ woman?
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Look what I found in the Freeform mass bin today! ♥

[Image: Martha Jones is Awesome, Rimmer Being Rimmer, Charley Pollard is awesome, never come between Janeway and coffee, Kathryn Janeway is awesome, Liz Shaw is awesome, the brigadier always arrives in the nick of time, Barbara Wright is awesomer than you, Leela is awesome, Romana is awesome, Awesome Peri Brown, Awesome Servalan, Awesome Jenna Stannis, Awesome Liz Shaw, Awesome Leela, Classic Who companions are awesome, Awesome Jo Grant, Awesome Faith Lehane, Awesome Sandra Pullman, Awesome Miss Marple]
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(This month, I'm contributing to #femslash february by highlighting female character-centric and femslash-centric tags at AO3.)

So, this was meant to be an exercise in "Quick! Name 50 canons with black female characters off the top of my head!" It quickly devolved into 2 hours of "Omg, I knew her name, that lady in the thing with the vampires." /o\ And then a bunch of those I could name don't appear on AO3 because no one's uploaded anything with them yet. This just hammered home the reality I think we're all aware of on some level, that there simply are not enough canons with black women in prominent roles.

On the plus side, I met Micchone and a couple other ladies through Femslash February, so thank y'all!

1. Nyota Uhura [Star Trek: TOS]
2. Zoe Washburne [Firefly]
3. Gwen [Merlin BBC]
4. Ororo Munroe [Marvel, X-Men]
5. Teyla Emmagan [Stargate Atlantis]
6. Sally Donovan [Sherlock BBC]
7. Tiana [The Princess and the Frog]
8. Valerie Smith [Josie and the Pussycats]
9. Kasidy Yates [Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]
10. Claudia LaSalle and Kate Masseau [Macross]
11. Martha Jones [Doctor Who]
12. Jessica Pearson [Suits]
13. Lisa Turtle [Saved by the Bell]
14. Tzipporah and the Queen [The Prince of Egypt]
15. Michonne [Walking Dead]
16. Bonnie Bennett [Vampire Diaries]
17. June Ellington [White Collar]
18. Olivia Pope [Scandal]
19. Queen Nefertiti, Cleopatra VII, and Hatshepsut [Ancient Egyptian RPF]
20. Tara Thornton [True Blood]
21. Shirley Bennett [Community]
22. Monica Dawson and Nana [Heroes]
23. Miranda Bailey [Grey's Anatomy]
24. Elaine Besbriss [due South]
25. Allison Blake [Eureka]
26. Annie Sawyer [Being Human]
27. Shana Elmsford [Jem and the Holograms]
28. Lilith Iyapo [Lilith's Brood aka Xenogenesis]
29. Lauren Olamina and Zahra Moss [Parable series] (empty Yuletide tags)
30. Anyanwu [Patternist series] (empty Yuletide tags)
31. Mercedes Jones [Glee]
32. Astrid Farnsworth [Fringe]
33. Mahandra McGinty [Wonderfalls]
34. Nasuada [Inheritance cycle aka Eragon]
35. Hilda [Eureka Seven] (you'll need to look under the generic Hilda for previous works)
36. Jessica Williams [The Daily Show]
37. Joss Carter [Person of Interest]
38. Rue [Hunger Games]
39. Jazmine Dubois [Boondocks]
40. Nadia la Arwall [Fushigi no Umi no Nadia aka Nadia of the Blue Water]
41. Amarone Slaintheav [Vandread]
42. Sherry Walken [Gungrave]
43. Celie, Shug Avery, Nettie, Corrine, et al [The Color Purple]
44. Janie Crawford, Phoeby, Janie's mother, and the female neighbors [Their Eyes Were Watching God]
45. Susie Carmichael [Rugrats]
46. Comfort Fedoke [So You Think You Can Dance]
47. Carrie Dwyer [Elementary]
48. Cassie Logan, her mother, and her grandmother [Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry]
49. Beatrice Okoh, Elewa and her mother, et al [Anthills on the Savannah]
50. Maya St. Germain [Pretty Little Liars]

(I tried to leave off characters who died in the same episode/chapter/issue they were introduced in. I may not have been 100% successful.)

Any character without a link is a character who doesn't yet have a tag on AO3. I would love for that to change. So my challenge to you is: if you have a work about any of these characters, could you please upload it there? Art, Vid/AMV, Fic, Podfic, anything. And if you've already uploaded but the tag isn't showing as canonical, holler and I'll look into it.

Who are your favorite black female characters?
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(This month, I'm contributing to #femslash february by highlighting female character-centric and femslash-centric tags at AO3.)

In the spirit of Women Being Awesome, let's take a look at some other female-centric freeforms on AO3:

* Female-Centric
* BAMF Women (with lots of subtags for specific women)
* POV Female Character
* Female Protagonist
* Female Antagonist
* Female Anti-Hero
* Female Character In Command
* Female Character of Color
* Female Jewish Character
* Female Relationships
* Girls Kissing (just canonized last night due to a comment on the DW site)

Do you have any other favorite women-centric tags? What does female-centric mean to you?
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(This month, I'll be contributing to #femslash february by highlighting female-centric and femslash-centric tags at AO3.)

So I mentioned yesterday that "Women Being Awesome" used to be in the tag cloud. It's not anymore. What happened?

The tag currently has not quite 900 works. Part of the problem is that it doesn't have many subtags, like most other tags in the cloud do. "Bonding", for example, has the subtags "Male Bonding", "Forced Bonding", and "Psychic Bond" (with its own subtags), for a total of about 1200 works. But "Women Being Awesome" has only five small subtags, all names of specific women. I estimate we'll need about 200-300 more works to get it back in the cloud.

My challenge to you is: go back and tag all your previous works that include a woman being awesome with the generic tag "Women Being Awesome" and a specific tag with her full name in it. (If more than one woman is being awesome, tag them all!) Once at least 3 users have tagged with a specific name, if the tag is in one of my fandoms, I will canonize and subtag it. If it's in another wrangler's fandom, I'll leave a note with them or the wrangling committee asking for the same.

(If a tag's ready for canonization and I don't notice, please drop me an ask.)

Let's get this tag back on the front page where it belongs!

Freeforms of the day: Awesome Darcy Lewis, Awesome Natasha Romanov, Awesome Pepper Potts, Awesome Peggy Carter, and Toph Being Awesome
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(This month, I'll be contributing to #femslash february by highlighting female character-centric and femslash-centric tags at AO3.)

Formerly, one of the most popular freeforms (as defined by the tag cloud) was Women Being Awesome. The cool thing about this tag is that it brings in so many flavors of awesome, so many characters, so many different interpretations of what "awesome" means. All I know when I click on it is that I'm probably going to like whatever's on the other side. It's a great way to advertise your work as a celebration of women, regardless of what "awesome" means in their personal context.

Freeform of the day: Women Being Awesome, obviously
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(This month, I'll be contributing to #femslash february by highlighting female character-centric and femslash-centric tags at AO3.)

Yesterday I offered some gaming fandoms on AO3 with large femslash presences. There are also some RPF fandoms with a large helping of femslashy goodness. A very short list:

* Women's Soccer RPF
* Takarazuka Revue RPF
* Gymnastics RPF
* Glee RPF
* Gossip Girl RPF
* So Nyuh Shi Dae (Girls' Generation)
* Wicked RPF

Freeforms of the day: RPF and In-Universe RPF (the kind where someone in the work is producing RPF about people in their universe)

(I'll be collecting all your answers from these last four posts and presenting them at the end of the month, along with answers to later posts in this series. Thank you all for contributing! I have a great list of fandoms to get into now.)

Do you know of any other RPF fandoms that are high in femslash? Or have any favorite femslash pairings or moresomes in RPF?

(Sorry, guys, this was supposed to go up yesterday!)
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(This month, I'll be contributing to #femslash february by highlighting female character-centric and femslash-centric tags at AO3.)

Last post, I offered some anime & manga fandoms on AO3 with large femslash presences. There are also some gaming fandoms that offer a large helping of femslash. (Bear in mind that most game fandoms have not migrated heavily to AO3 yet, or are in the process of doing so. This is the tip of the iceberg.) A short list:

* Final Fantasy
* Fire Emblem Series
* Persona Series
* Touhou Project
* Mass Effect
* Portal (depending on your stance on whether GLaDOS has a gender)
* Ivalice Alliance
* Silent Hill
* Tales of Vesperia

Again, this was a short list compared to what's available in the wider gaming fandom.

Freeforms of the day: Video & Computer Games, Video Game Mechanics, Canon - Video Game, and Gamers (Please note that "Girl Gamers" doesn't exist yet.)

Anyone know of other gaming fandoms with high rates of femslash/yuri, or specific relationships to search for?

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