Wayward Daughters is an example of how a fandom, in this case Supernatural, can inspire something bigger. Namely, a positive outlet to speak for better representation and positive treatment of women in the media. I am pleased to present this interview with Wayward Daughters to you.
How did Wayward Daughters come about?
“Wayward Daughters started out as a campaign to get a Supernatural spin-off centered around Jody, Donna, Alex, and Claire. There was such a collective outpouring of affection from the fandom for not only the female characters we were seeing in season ten, but also for the relationships and bonds forged between those characters. It seemed only natural that those stories should be given a larger, more equal platform. After the episode “Angel Heart” when Claire was sent off to live with Jody and Alex, wondering if it were ‘some kind of halfway house for wayward teenage girls,’ there was a huge cry from the fandom that yes, that was the spin-off we’d like to see. The next day, we decided that one really loud voice would be more effective than thousands of disparate ones, so we created Wayward Daughters to channel that energy through a central outlet.”
It is indicated that Wayward Daughters’ mission is empowering women and furthering positive representation of women in the media. How do you feel you accomplish this?.
“Though we began as a campaign for a spin-off, we quickly realized that the real issue was how female and minority characters were being represented on television. Very early on in the project, we decided that we would campaign not just for the idea of a Wayward spin-off, but for better representation in media in general. Since then, we’ve made it a goal to hear the concerns of the fandom, to engage our fellow fans in understanding their ideas on how female and minority characters could be better represented in media, and to use our voice to relay those messages to content creators.
In the past year, the campaign has grown and morphed into something far more incredible than we ever could have imagined. It turned out that not only did we as fans want to see better relationships between female characters on-screen—we as people wanted to be a part of those positive relationships in our daily lives. Now, in addition to focusing on getting the message out about representation in media, we’ve focused within, cultivating a supportive, inclusive community where people stand up for and uplift each other while learning to love themselves a little more along the way.”
“We would love to be able to reach more people. We all started out as Supernatural fans, but the message isn’t SPN-exclusive. Every form of media could benefit from understanding, representing, and reaching a more diverse audience. Plus, the Wayward community, small as it is, is a uniquely positive force for social good. There’s no telling what we could achieve in greater numbers.”
What actresses inspire you and speak strongly to you as what Wayward Daughters represent?
“There would be no better actresses to represent the idea of Wayward Daughters than Kim Rhodes and Briana Buckmaster—and not just because their characters were the initial focus of the campaign. Both Kim and Briana are outspoken, opinionated, and unapologetically authentic—qualities that are generally frowned upon in female celebrities. Separately, they are the role models we all deserve, teaching us every day that it is okay to be you, both in spite of and because of your flaws. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with, shattering every expectation in their path. We couldn’t have asked for better partners in this process than these two outstanding women.”
Congrats on your upcoming participation in a panel at NYCC. What do you hope to achieve at this panel?
“We’re hoping that the Fandom for Humankind panel at NYCC will be a great learning experience. It will be our first appearance at a panel as Wayward Daughters, so to be in such company as Random Acts, Participant Media and the Harry Potter Alliance is a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow as an organization. We hope to expand upon what we’ve built so far, and perhaps one day become as much of a force for social change as our co-panelists.”
What would you like our readers to know about Wayward Daughters?
Above all, Wayward Daughters is a community. It’s a little corner of the internet that is free from personal judgement and scrutiny. A place where your voice will be heard. Everyone is welcome, and we hope to see you there soon.
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