Not much time before my panels! I made my final sweep of the art show - delighted to see that I'd won the coo creature by fellow IAF member Tamu Gurevitz that I'd been bidding on. Also did my first really full sweep of the dealer's room, and did the fastest scan of nancylebov's buttons ever, easily finding several must-haves for me and others.
After that, I was finally feeling able to eat, so I darted back to my room with miss_lisa_ma and jzer in tow and had a hella fun stolen few minutes, before...
Sexual Harassment and Assault in Fandom
In the last few years, multiple problems have arisen at conventions around the country that are troubling for many. Sexual harassment is not just about someone trying to grope a woman in a skimpy barbarian costume. It's about being able to say "no" and have it respected, a willingness to back someone up if they need it, and the ability to recognize when they don't. How can we all contribute to making conventions free of harassment? Woodrow Hill, Catt Kingsgrave-Ernstein, Ken Kingsgrave-Ernstein, Shira Lipkin (m), Michelle Wexelblat
Which I asked cluegirl to tag-team moderate with me if needed, because my exhaustion was intense and overwhelming. But I did okay! We had a great discussion, focused primarily on concrete examples of what we could do. Solid bystander action. Mostly very receptive audience.
The point was raised there and had been raised before, and this is a very pointy point: This needs to be a Friday-evening panel. There needs to be a guide on how Not to Be That Guy (or Girl), and how to help if you see someone getting pressured, right at the start of the con. I will push for this next year. It's not my track, so I'm not in charge of that and can't make it happen, but hopefully everyone will see the sense in it.
Genius Loci: Setting and Story
How do the vast arc of the Ringworld, the snug hills of the Shire, and the treeless plazas of Trantor shape their stories' characters and events? Does local color bewitch or bore the reader? Are real places easier to evoke than imaginary ones? What SF/F/H settings do you find unforgettable? Vikki Ciaffone, Robert Davies, Greer Gilman, Shira Lipkin (m), Glenn Grant
Despite the two-panelist overlap from the city panel, we did talk about things that were not cities! To the point where I think we need a separate "among the ruins" panel next year. This was the second-to-last panel block of a four-day con, so we were all tired, but I'm pretty sure we made sense.
After that, lunch with Adam, asim, Darkteddybear and his wife. After that, the mad frantic packing! Poor asim left several bits of electronics behind in his haste to beat the snow. Thee was minimal lobby lingering, then home and collapse.
The sex post requires actual thought. I do not have my brain yet this morning. Maybe this afternoon.
So I had a very good con, but the fact that I glommed onto that two hours in the dark like I did tells me something. Ten program items is too many. It was fine at Readercon because a) shorter panels and b) Readercon is less relentlessly social. But it's a bad idea for me at Arisia, and I'll try to limit myself to six next year.