Join The Daily Vox journalists SHAAZIA EBRAHIM and FATIMA MOOSA every week as they chat all things fun and serious around fan culture, fandoms and what it means to be a stan. Theyâ€™ll be destroying tropes around the supposedly traditional hardcore male football fan and the manic pop culture fangirl; covering everything from football, Young Adult fiction to Beyonce and Kpop. Living in the fanworld as women of colour who are avid consumers of all things fan-related means that it is impossible to ignore the politics of these things. And thatâ€™s what the Critical Stans are all about.
Like a billion odd other people, we are avidly following the greatest sporting event of all time, the World Cup. But as women following the World Cup, itâ€™s near impossible to ignore the sexism. From the camera zooming into female fans and sexualising them to former footballers making a fool of themselves on sports talk shows, we were not impressed. In the very first episode of The Critical Stans, Shaazia Ebrahim and Fatima Moosa speak misogyny in football fandoms – but also just fandoms in general.
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