I would like to start off by saying that I in no way defend the boiledleather post that I found to be unproductive and only brought gratuitous drama to the ASoIaF fandom.
That being said, you’ll notice, anon, that this post has since been removed from asoiafuniversity. There are nine moderators of the blog, including myself, and all of us try really hard to reblog a large variety of different types of meta that bring new perspectives to the table. For instance, I have reblogged Bran meta and Shae meta, Olenna and Margaery Tyrell meta, I have reblogged Littlefinger meta as well- none of which were my own and many of which I had different opinions on.
The mod who reblogged the Arya fans = “bad fans” post believed that there was value in reblogging that post because:
"His point about “the Bad Fan phenomenon is closely related to recent pop-cultural discourse, which is that everything must either be talked about as The Greatest Ever or Hot Garbage” is about the zero-sum outlook on the world (Arya/Bran is only a victim of bad things and thus can never do anything bad; to say you want Sansa to succeed must mean you must want her siblings to fail)"
I don’t believe the mod in question saw it as an attack on Arya fans but rather a discussion of this phenomena. That being said, asoiafuniversity only wishes to have mature and thoughtful discussions encouraged by the meta we reblog. Thus, the post was removed after some people, including myself admittedly, felt offended by the massive generalization and targeting on Arya fans and misinterpretation of what Arya fans’ problem was in the first place.
On the topic of blog tags, some blogs have tags when they write a lot of meta that’s reblogged. I have a tag on asoiafuniversity, too, though it’s not really used on all my metas.
I’d like to believe I was asked to join asoiafuniversity for more than just to combat some bias. I actually do write about characters who are not Arya. I cannot speak to what specifically prompted joannalannister to ask me to help moderate though.
As for why I’m a part of asoiafuniversity, I like to contribute to the fandom. I enjoy reblogging metas that may otherwise have never been noticed and the blog might not have felt comfortable submitting them. I also love to have my thoughts stimulated by such discussions. While it is tempting in fandom to confine yourself to your own faves/OTPs corner, and perhaps less stressful, it is also important to have different ideas challenge your own. Maybe they don’t have merit, but they will get you thinking.
One important thing to understand about asoiafuniversity and its moderators is that we are don’t endorse everything on the blog. We don’t reblog only things we 100% agree with. We don’t have anything to do with many of the metas reblogged actually. We can only reblog what you, or more actually we, the fandom writes and contributes.
If asoiafuniversity seems anti-Arya or anti-Arya fans, it’s because that’s what the fandom is pumping out. There are inaccuracies across the board on all characters because fandom isn’t perfect and sometimes we reblog things that have some inaccurate aspects but still discuss an interesting topic. I assure you that as a Arya stan I reblog all well written metas regarding her when I find them. But you know, when I first became a mod, I excitedly searched for meta regarding Arya that had not yet been reblogged- as I didn’t want to just reblog my stuff- only to realize that, with one or two exceptions, every well written pro-Arya meta that I could find has already been reblogged to asoiafuniversity. There are just only so much on certain characters. Some characters just don’t have a big fandom presence on tumblr or a lot of meta writers. This is not limited to Arya though for sure.
Asoiafuniversity is here for the fandom, we are a product of the fandom, and while all of us are meta writers, we don’t write even close to the majority of the metas reblogged.
Boiledleather’s post shouldn’t have been reblogged in my opinion, but we’re not perfect, and it has been since taken down. On behalf of asoiafuniversity, I would like to apologize to everyone who felt insulted or offended by the post. But asoiafuniversity does not endorse anything that makes you feel targeted or personally attacked.
Joannalannister is by far one of the sweetest people I have met in the fandom, she tries very hard to create a friendly and intellectually stimulating environment for everyone in the fandom. Unfortunately, fandom can get heated easily as we are all passionate people by definition. If you ever have any concerns, however, you can always talk to one of us.
I don’t, like the rest of the mods, endorse everything reblogged to asoiafuniversity. However, I would like to believe I have a positive impact on the blog and allow for some great meta to get the recognition they deserve or even just get some people thinking.
Asoiafuniversity as a whole is a team of nine moderators who honestly want to promote thought-provoking discussion on a book series that has united all of the fandom.
I really don’t want to be involved in anyone being attacked personally so everyone please read this.
I love asoiafuniversity, I think it’s a great place to find discussion even though I don’t always agree with everything they post. I do get frustrated sometimes because I feel like some of my favorites are underrepresented, but as was said above that’s more a reflection of tumblr fandom as a whole, not the blog. There are a lot of people who write meta about Sansa and not a lot who write about Arya or Tyrion, for instance, and as a fan of those characters I do find that disappointing and frustrating, which was why I wrote my own post in response to that Arya post. Hell, the main reason I have a blog is because I felt the need to put my Tyrion opinions out there because almost all the analytical posts I see about Tyrion are hate posts.
And I felt like that Arya post was just another reflection of that, another instance of fandom saying that I’m only allowed to care about certain issues, that as a feminist I’m only allowed to defend certain types of women. I identify a lot with Arya. I identify a lot with Sansa, too, for different reasons, but Arya I identify with on a primal level, and seeing fandom tell me that I need to prioritize Sansa over Arya is like telling me that I’m not allowed to represent myself as a feminist, that my voice is not allowed to be heard and that my issues are not a part of your feminism. And since I made that post in response to what boiledleather said, I have been told that misogyny directed at Arya is not “true misogyny” because I should be focusing on Sansa instead.
Those were my issues with the post. They are not personal issues with asoiafuniversity or its mods, and I do appreciate that the blog is making an effort to be inclusive. I also don’t endorse sending anyone hate, so if anyone is doing that on my behalf please don’t.