Femmefans are the opposite of fanboys, both in gender and demeanor.
The term femmefans or femmefen for female fans dates back to the days when there weren't very many, and has been largely replaced by more PC, less euphonious phrases like "women in fandom," but old-time fans still use it when a distinction between genders matters.
Men so outnumbered women in early fandom that when Lee Hoffman began to correspond with other fans, everyone thought she was male. Bob Tucker wrote that, in 1951, when she and two other fans trooped into his NolaCon 1 hotel room and introduced themselves, he had just stepped out of the shower and was so flabbergasted that he dropped his towel.
Few women joined fandom in their own right rather than as a companion to a boyfriend or husband until the late 1960s and early '70s, in the wake of Star Trek.
|From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959|
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