How do you experience being a “fan”? Images of cheering for your favorite sports team or getting way too invested in the fates of fictional characters are probably filling your head right now. And you would think that, as someone who loves something so much that you will swear at the television screen when your team does poorly or camp out for days on end outside a cinema to get tickets to see a film, you would do everything possible to encourage others to enjoy the object of your affection. However, this isn’t always the case. I’ve written before about the negative effects of gendering culture. But I did not address how people can react when someone not of the “correct” gender expresses her fandom. From bewilderment to attempts at exclusion, many women are finding that the greatest barriers to fully enjoying their passions are other so-called fans.