One of the things fascinating me most about the discussion flowing out of "How Fanfiction Makes Us Poor" is how some people are sure--sure--I'm arguing for the commercialization of fanfiction in the essay. I thought I'd contextualised it well enough that it was clear I was raising the question for discussion, but didn't have a cogent answer to offer. And that, in fact, my first reaction had been to think that fanfiction making women poor was a silly idea, which is why I'd decided to examine my assumptions about it and see if I was just knee-jerking in reponse to something I didn't want to hear.
[ETA: I'm really glad I did ask the question. It was so worth it. What a great discussion has come out of it!]
I wonder if I should have said I'd published original fiction before I ever published fanfiction, and that I was personally happy with that split? Maybe I made the rest of the essay too personal, so people assumed my final argument was as well, and that I wanted to flood the market with my fanfiction even though I did state I had problems with the capitalist system. ETA: Or maybe people only engaged so passionately because they thought they needed to counter the suggestion, in which case perhaps it's as well I didn't make it clearer.
How much context is needed for a hypothetical question, anyway?