I was thinking yesterday about fandom gatekeepers and straight white fanboys with chips on their shoulders and how much they suck, and while as female fans it’s immensely satisfying to lay the smack down with proof of our nerd cred, I think it’s important to also emphasise that it’s okay to be a ‘casual fan.’
It’s okay to have only seen the Marvel movies and not read the comics. It’s okay to have not seen every single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It’s okay to not have memorised entire scenes worth of dialogue from Star Wars. It’s okay to not know every single detail from 50+ years worth of Captain America continuity.
It’s okay to make mistakes, and it’s okay to ask questions, and it’s okay to walk into a comics store after having seen a cool superhero movie and not know where to start (and by the way, older fans, screaming ‘just google it!’ at a new fan when a new fan asks a basic question is a) rude, b) not actually helpful considering the state of a lot of wikipedia entries).
Everyone was a new fan once. Just because someone is newer to a fandom than you are doesn’t mean they’re less worthy of being treated with respect and courtesy. It’s a fucking fandom, not the Free Masons.