I’m a Girl, and I Like Supernatural
Every so often a man comes around talking about how he’s a guy who watches Supernatural like it’s something risqué or how he’ll somehow potentially lose his man cred because he’s watching a “Chick Show.” A large amount of posturing is usually the result. One such article came out yesterday. (UPDATE: The article has since been removed.) While it was not as bad as some of the ones I’ve read in the past, the title and dismissal of the Tumblr fandom were rather unfortunate. It’s also kind of comical, considering the show’s problem with misogyny in general. (That has gotten better this season, as I spoke about here.)
The Supernatural fandom is admittedly overwhelming and at times off-putting to outsiders and even for many of us who are part of it in any way. However, it’s not the fans’ jobs to make sure they fan right so that other potential fans will start watching. If you are scared to watch Supernatural because some people heavily ship Dean and Castiel as a couple, that’s a reflection on you, not the Destiel fans. Also saying, “I’m not homophobic but…” is probably not the best choice of words.
There is absolutely nothing about Supernatural that infers that the show is somehow a show for girls. The fandom is skewed heavily toward women, but the show itself, according to the ratings, has male and female fans of all ages. Watching a show with good-looking guys says nothing about whether you’re a real man or not, or how straight you are. These are insecurities. There are no girl shows or guy shows. There are just shows and the people who enjoy them.
The great thing about Supernatural is that it appeals to so many different people of all ages, sexualities, nationalities, economic statuses, religions and other demographics. This is because at the end of the day, it comes down to family, both blood and found. This is something that everyone can relate to in some way. It’s also why the show resonates so deeply with the fans. It’s the connections and love between the characters.
Blaming the fans for not being the right kind of fan is highly problematic. There is enough of this mentality within the Supernatural fandom already. Check out the spntrufan parody account on Twitter for a good time. It’s not an accomplishment to finally check out a show despite all the “silly girls.” You can’t come around as a fairly new fan basically saying, “I’m so awesome because I watched Supernatural despite you all being crazy man-sex obsessed girls. I watch because heavy metal and classic cars are awesome!” Yes, yes guy fan, so do us girls. We love the classic cars and classic rock and mythical storylines. And hey, some of us do get a little starry-eyed with hot guys staring at each other. I’m not a shipper myself, but I hardly see the shippers out there as a problem that means one shouldn’t watch a TV show. Perhaps a better way of researching Supernatural would be SuperWiki, where there is a plethora of information, rather than our fan spaces where we have fun and fan in our own way.
Men and boys have always been fans of Supernatural. I’ve always had men in my Supernatural watch group. I love getting their perspective on the show. They aren’t involved in fandom, but they love the show and they love discussing it. Not to mention there are plenty of men involved in the fandom and who go to fan conventions. Anecdotally, my brother has watched every single episode of the show. He never once thought that Supernatural was geared toward women. (It isn’t.) He’s also a huge Jensen Ackles fan and fan-casts him as every anti-hero character ever. Maybe it’s because he’s a feminist or just that he’s a decent guy, but he doesn’t feel the need to posture when it comes to talking about watching a TV show.
Next time you want to pat yourself on the back for getting into a TV show despite the girl fans, remember that maybe, just maybe, Supernatural is still around for you to get into this late in the game because of those fans. Being a fan of anything does not insult your manhood and it’s not necessary to insult women to justify your being a fan of something. Just like something because you like something.
Author: Jessica Rae
Jessica has a BA in music with an emphasis in voice and spends her day typesetting, editing, writing, and moderating webinars. Jessica primarily reviews anime and comic book series. She also offers insights on various movies, books, games, and other geeky topics.
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