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[Fandom stats] Femslash stats (June 2019)

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Initially I also had projected totals for 2019 based on the year so far, and they were SUPER high. This led me -- and a number of other awesome folks -- down a really geeky rabbit hole trying to figure out why. If you want to see our detective work (including more graphs and some stellar sleuthing by @wrangletangle), as well as the conclusions about how search methodology and work deletions impact these numbers, check out our Tumblr discussion. (If folks express interest, I may add it here as a Chapter 2). As part of the discussion, @alyndra9 also did a bunch of digging into recent femslash collections and challenges that might be of interest! And folks in the comments mentioned a bunch more recent notable femslash events.

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I've discussed in several other posts on femslash and gender why this percent might be much lower than F/M and M/M on AO3 -- and many others have written about it extensively -- so I won't rehash here. If you're interested specifically in the relationship between canon representation and shipping (which is only one pertinent factor), you can check out my look at gender representation in movies vs movie fanworks (there's a chapter on shipping). But anyway, it's nice to see that the percentage keeps increasing. I'm curious what happened between 2013 and 2015... would love to hear thoughts.

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I actually gathered data on 406 different ships from 131 different fandoms -- check out the raw data to see the whole set! I only showed the top 25 here, and I still think that may be too many for purposes of legibility... feedback welcome.

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Oops -- at least one non-F/F ship slipped in here (Octavia/Lincoln from The 100), because it co-occurs so much with a femslash ship. I may update the image eventually, but I'll wait and see if anyone spots any other errors first. :)

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(No raw data for these, as they're just screen caps from FFN after searching for these terms.)