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Also! Now it can be told! 
26th-Feb-2010 12:32 pm
My *squee!* Wiscon news? After seeing how well the "Take Back the Sci-Fi" panel went at Arisia, Wiscon's concom e-mailed me asking if I'd be willing to run the panel at Wiscon. I'll be moderating, and I get to hand-select my panel.


I even got to rewrite the description. It is now as follows:

Take Back the Sci-Fi Redux
Sexual assault and rape frequently get used as symbolic plot devices, with no consideration of how sexual violence actually affects survivors and the people around them. Let's discuss books that accurately portray the repercussions of and recovery from sexual assault, as well as those that merely use it as a shortcut to character development and those that end up glorifying it in the process—and how we can write about sexual assault and rape in a way that is true to the character and respectful to survivors. Note: this is a discussion of rape and sexual assault in fiction, and is not the place to discuss our personal experience with sexual assault.

I am running it like I ran it at Arisia - very clear on the "no telling our own survivor stories" thing, very focused, very firmly moderated. I can also promise, as is the norm with any time I discuss sexual violence, that any sort of "men vs. women" or "male survivors don't count" talk will not be tolerated.

I prefer that my panelists have some background on this topic; at Arisia, three of the five panelists were state-certified rape crisis counselors. If you're a rape crisis counselor or do other work regarding sexual violence and will be at Wiscon, totally let me know.

(Yes, I'll be discussion sexual violence at Intervention, too. This is a thing what I do. I demand the opportunity to talk about comic books and '80s cartoons, too, though!)
26th-Feb-2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Sounds great.
26th-Feb-2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
You would like Wiscon.
26th-Feb-2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
OH, I know. It is a goal of mine to go one day.
26th-Feb-2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
If I'm not working a table at that time, I'll be there.

26th-Feb-2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
I am at the top of my tiny field! w00t.

What table might you be working?

(Also, I put in for reading!)
26th-Feb-2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
I am at the top of my tiny field! w00t.

This just made me chortle gleefully.


Tiny fields are the best.
26th-Feb-2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
You are at the top of your tiny field, the top of the world, the top of the Milky Way, the top of the cluster, the top of the universe, this dimension, all dimensions, all reality and illusion and strand and string, EVER!!!

*catches breath*

The table thing's up in the air. Black Gate's, tho' -- if everything works out. But I've heard no news in a while.

READING! Yippeeee!!!

You've heard that Nicole can't come this year? TRES TRISTE!
26th-Feb-2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
So far up top that I am all manner of dizzy.


I have a story that has been in Black Gate's queue since last Wiscon and I just want to know, y0.

Also re: Nicole: so triste indeed! We'll have to make up for it at Readercon.
26th-Feb-2010 05:46 pm (UTC)

Incidentally -- have you read THE KING'S PEACE/THE KING'S NAME by Jo Walton?

The reason I ask is because it opens with the main character being raped. And I'm interested to know how you'd consider Sulien's reaction. I've known some rape survivors who considered it perfectly reasonable, and some who were never able to read past the first chapter because of it.
26th-Feb-2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
I haven't read it, but I'll put it on my inter-library loan list. Thanks for the tip!
26th-Feb-2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
I have been writing about rape and sexual abuse lately. I am not qualified to speak, but I look forward to attending.
26th-Feb-2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
I look forward to reading the stories! I have faith that you handle the topic well.
26th-Feb-2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Unless this conflicts with something I simply MUST do (like eat or fall down) I will do my best to be there, but only because I trust you.
26th-Feb-2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
*huge hugs* Thank you. It will not go like last year's.
27th-Feb-2010 07:33 am (UTC)
Afuckingbloodymen to that.

With Fancy! Phone! Enabled! I should be able to live-tweet more efficiently. Any way to get a specific hash for it printed in the description, since it occurs to me that putting it on #wiscon could be potentially triggering? IDK, IDK, I am not a concomm, but I figure if we can avoid an issue that might be better.

I appreciated what Mikki had to say last time; she doesn't have the experience you described, but them's my two-fitty.
27th-Feb-2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, I would love to have her as a co-panelist.
27th-Feb-2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
w00t w00t.
27th-Feb-2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't *only* need people with my kind of training! They just get the edge, because I know they know how to manage a discussion on the topic. But I know Mikki can.
27th-Feb-2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
Excellent. I don't attend the cons you mentioned, so I didn't have point of reference for how you did things there and picked your strike team out of the SJL.
26th-Feb-2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
Excellent! This makes me wish I was going to be at Wiscon.
26th-Feb-2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
Seriously! You'd be my ideal panelist.
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27th-Feb-2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Glad to do it!
26th-Feb-2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Go you!
26th-Feb-2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
Your panels at Arisia this year were SO good! You kept everything moving in the right direction smoothly. They're smart to let you do your thang :-)
27th-Feb-2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
27th-Feb-2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I'm really looking forward to seeing you again!
27th-Feb-2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Right back at you! :)
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