Racefail is the name given to a lengthy and varied discussion about race in Science Fiction Fandom that began in early 2009 (and is still occurring at the time of writing) on LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, in various blogs, and in person at events such as WisCon.
Racefail was sufficiently large and varied that an overview is very difficult to provide, but some possible starting points are listed here:
- Seeking Avalon's timeline of early discussion
- rydra_wong's summary of some later discussion
- rydra_wong's long list of Racefail postings
- tablesaw's discussion of how to read Racefail
- Ann Somerville has an overview of the changing nature of Racefail discussions, and major abuses (outing and so on) that occurred within it.
Influences on Geek Feminism
The Racefail discussions were influential in the early days of the Geek Feminism wiki and blog. For instance: