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Object of Fandom

“When we are fans, the object of fandom (OOF) meets very real, very important human needs—needs surrounding self-care, social-connection and identity.

When we are fans, the object of fandom comes to represent some facet of who we consider ourselves to be—our moral values, our beliefs, our politics, our priorities, our approach to life, etc. So when we are defending our OOFs, we are defending ourselves, which helps to explain the passion and vehemence that characterize our reactions.”
— Susan Kresnicka.