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Arisia! Monday. 
20th-Jan-2011 10:21 am
Five hours of sleep, and at this point, I have been actively nauseated from sleep dep for two days.

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.

After that,

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.
20th-Jan-2011 03:22 pm (UTC) - Sexual Harassment and Assault in Fandom
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.

Hoo yeah.
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20th-Jan-2011 08:40 pm (UTC) - Re: Sexual Harassment and Assault in Fandom
Totally, and will include this link in my tomorrow-morning post!

(Also, I would be willing to present BARCC's workshop on being a better bystander/how to intervene in a Situation without escalating to con and security staff.)
20th-Jan-2011 11:19 pm (UTC) - Re: Sexual Harassment and Assault in Fandom
Hell's yes, agreed
21st-Jan-2011 09:01 pm (UTC) - Re: Sexual Harassment and Assault in Fandom
And possibly a pamphlet? 'Cos I could always use a pamphlet. Nothing sticks in my head on hearing it the first time.

Not that I'll be at that particular 'con next year, or any time in the forseeable future... But if you had a pamphlet, produced by electro-computeristical means, you'd be able to put it online, and then I'd be able to get a copy, and have it handy for any cons I do get to. =:o}
22nd-Jan-2011 03:40 pm (UTC) - Re: Sexual Harassment and Assault in Fandom
Pamphlet = great idea.
20th-Jan-2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
It has been far too long since I last perused nancylebov's buttons. I acquired my first run of her buttons in....... 1984? I significantly downsized my collection a couple years ago, but I still have some of the custom ones she did for me at a "Bilbo's Birthday Party" in Delaware when I was in college.
22nd-Jan-2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
I definitely got my first of her buttons in 1984, because the first con I ever went to was Boskone XXI.
20th-Jan-2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed your panels at Readercon last year - just saying'.
21st-Jan-2011 12:01 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
21st-Jan-2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
Do you know if anyone took notes on the sexual harassment panel that may get posted?
21st-Jan-2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
I don't, but given time, I can write something up.
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