Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Readings due 6/17

1. How can men feel such a feeling of accomplishment about a team that isn't even real? What do they get out of it?

2. In the reading, Chad states, "Fantasy has changed football" (239). What do you think he means by this statement?


1. Do you feel that fans write these stories because they would like to see more homosexual characters in their favorite shows?

2. Do you think that people write these stories because they have homosexual tendencies or just because they want to keep the storyline going?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Readings due 6/16/09


1.) Why do many straight women write about sex between gay men, but straight men do not write about sex between lesbian women.

2.) Why do slash stories become more "adult" and sexually aggressive when tensions and hostility arise between Clark and Lex in Smallville. Do we associate hatred and violence with maturity or aggressive sex?

Fantasy Football

1.) What other activities besides sports are acceptable excuses for male bonding?

2.) Fantasy football can enhance relationships/community, but does it also then break apart real team communities? Is this case, does fantasy football become a negative development in football evolution?

Slash Writing: Smallville A Gay Clark Kent?

1. The article states, that "one needs to divide conceptions of queer spectatorship into two components: one, a way of seeing queerly and two, a person or group of persons who can be loosely grouped unter the heading of queer spectators." Is it that easy to divide the two? Why is it necessary to make that certain distinction? Do straight people see queerly?

2. How does the author describe seeing queerly, what do you think of seeing "queerly" in relation to television shows?

3. As someone who has watched the show Smallville, I don't distinctly remember sensual, sexual embraces and carresses by the two, so it makes me harder to understand the slash writings that are written about Clark and Lex's relationships. Do you think that slash writings are seens as relationships that women want their two male characters to have, they don't necessarily see them as gay, but rather they want a relationship developed but not between another girl?

4. What the heck is Hoyay? Not to let my opinion get in the way, but this was such a weird section of the paper, I guess I don't really understand Hoyay, is it just a queer expression in the relationship of slash magazines between two men? I read it but I guess I want a little more insight.

Fantasy Football: Readings for 6/17

1. What do you think is the typical fantasy football participant? Thea article discusses how an average fantasy league participant has spent $154 on sporting merchandise, ie. magazines, the fees. What draws fantasy league players together, why do you think a majority of these members are members are males, what is the appeal?

2.Why do you think the author saw this as an interesting type of research to conduct? He states he put open ended questions on a chat board, asking why they participated in this and so on? This isn't relatively new, but it has taken on a much bigger meaning now, then it has before, do you think that this research gives insight to the idea behind fantasy leagues?

3. He says that fantasy football was chosen as the examplar among sports because 93% of fantasy sports participants play it. Why do you think fantasy leagues tend to veer more towards football, is it because interaction can be higher, and football is rowdier?

4. It's interesting to see that many of the men in this research joined the league for social reasons, and others for organizational reasons. Do you think that's interesting, seeing how we have read other researches where the women did certain things to be social or to develop relatinoships?

Virtual Sports 6-17

1.) Do you believe there are more factors than just companionship for those that participate in fantasy football?
2.) Why is it that men feel as though they have achieved a goal, or have an alter ego of a player on their ‘team’? Do you think it is just a males dream to become an athlete, so they live vicariously through fantasy football?
3.) Lastly, do you think professional athletes ever participate in these fantasy sports? Why or why not?

Fandom Part 2

Readings for 6/16/09:

Serazio responses:

1) Serazio states that "fantasy participation and experience is reduced from the macro-level of sociology to the micro-workings of psychology," (Serazio, 231). Through the text following these two terms of behavior explain, does Serazio want us to understand that fantasy participation allows us to cheer for particular teams and players, while at the same time be proud of ourselves because we feel the outcomes were ours specifically? Do we feel the actions and outcomes of our choices are ours to celebrate personally?

2) On page 237, there is a section on Simulated Experiences. Within this text, Serazio states the second core theoretical theme as vicarious competition. Several quotes were taken which explained participants described themselves as competitive and liking camaraderie. Because fantasy participation does not have its participants physically competing, what aspect of this topic makes people feel the same competitiveness and thrill when all they do is hope their picks do well during the week? Does this type of subconscious reaction help describe what being a fan means?

Kohnen responses:

1) In Kohnen's article, there is a section where a fan says, "the characters who go on to have a future together are Clark, Lex and Lois..." (Kohnen, 215). Is it a possibility that, in the case of Smallville, fans create these homosexual bonds and the combining if two characters of the opposite sex into one a way to fight off the inevitable or keep the fantasy story going? Smallville is a show which is a prologue to the fictional world of Superman, and since Superman has already been written, fans know Lana will cease to exist and Lois Lane will take her place as the love interest. By creating bonds which the writers do not literally show, a new world of discussion is open to interpretation, and fans take these opportunities to create their own alternate universe.

2)Looking at the overall theme of this article, we are told that many (most) older, heterosexual women 'slash' television and movie male relationships into a homosexual couple. Is it possible these women not only express male duo relationships as a homosexual bond, but that they see the characters' essences and personalities as something that would pair well together? Is there a possible stimulation to think of themselves as in that type of relationship, even when it is fantasized around two people of the same sexual origin?

Fantasy Football & Queer Media Readings

Why are men so consumed by sports? My father was obsessed with fantasy football. All he could talk about is the way different players performed.

How can the players feel so attached to their players? How do they get a sense of accomplishment from a team that is fake?

Is it possible that queer readings of media can steer young people toward homosexuality? Or are queer readings a result of the homosexual tendencies of the viewer?

Queer readings are the result of the emergence of 1990s gay characters?